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The SPSA Council’s next meeting will take place in Chicago, at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.  The specific date and time will be announced shortly. 

Latest Happenings

The Society for Values in Higher Education

92nd Annual Meeting: Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH), July 13-17, 2016

The Politics of Dissent: Satire, Sarcasm and Spite in Civil Society

 The SVHE Annual Meeting will explore the nature of civil discourse.  Paper or panel proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following questions:

  • What distinguishes political humor from hate speech?
  • When do norms of civility stifle political dissent?
  • What, if any, impact does Citizens United have on the quality of civil discourse?
  • Do anonymous social media undermine or facilitate civil discourse?
  • What role can colleges and universities play in establishing a genuine civil discourse?

The proposal deadline is April 15, 2016.  More information can be found here.


Journal of Politics

The Journal of Politics is the official journal of the Southern Political Science Association, and is published quarterly by the University of Chicago Press.  A subscription to JOP is included with an SPSA membership.  

Submission procedures can be found here.  For more information, or to contact the JOP Editorial Office, please click here.

Welcome to SPSA

Thank you to all 2016 Meeting Attendees! The SPSA experienced record breaking attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone back in New Orleans!

Hello, and welcome to the website of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA)! Founded in 1929, the SPSA is the oldest regional political science organization in the United States. But, the Association is actually a global entity, with more than 1000 members from all over the world.

Our 2016 Annual Meetings were held January 6-9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conference was a resounding success, with more than 1,400 participants and 387 panels. My thanks to Program Chair David Lewis (from Vanderbilt University) and 2015 SPSA President Ann Bowman (Texas A&M University) for their great efforts. Their work certainly paid off in a wonderful conference!

The 2017 Program Chair, Jeff Gill of Washington University in St. Louis, has appointed a Program Committee and they are already hard at work preparing for next year’s SPSA conference, which will be held in New Orleans, LA. When the Call for Proposals appears later this year, I hope you will respond favorably. The SPSA Annual Meetings are well-known not only as an excellent venue for presenting top-tier research, but also for the opportunities to interact with other attendees in a friendly and supportive setting.

The Southern Political Science Association publishes The Journal of Politics. The JOP is a general-audience professional journal, meaning that it strives to present excellent work representing all subfields, methodological orientations, and epistemological perspectives in the discipline. The JOP is a highly prestigious publication outlet, and is generally regarded as one of the “top three” political science journals (along with the American Journal of Political Science and the American Political Science Review). Objective indicators bear this out: The JOP has a Thomson-Reuters Five-Year Impact Factor of 2.482 (twelfth among political science journals) and a Google H5-Index value of 45 (third among political science journals). So please think about The Journal of Politics as a potential outlet for your best work.

As 2016 President of the Southern Political Science Association, I want to build upon the path-breaking work of my predecessors to consolidate the Association’s position as one of the foremost professional organizations in our discipline. Along with our primary objectives of promoting excellence in research and facilitating scholarly interactions, we have a strong commitment to providing mentoring and other forms of support to young political scientists who are just entering the profession as well as scholars from previously-underrepresented groups. The SPSA believes that fostering diversity within our professional community is one of the best ways to strengthen the overall political science discipline. I am very proud to be a part of this and hope that you will join me in moving forward with the Southern Political Science Association.”  

-William G. Jacoby, SPSA President