Latest News

The 2017 Preliminary Program is now available!  Click here to download.

The New Orleans Hyatt Regency is accepting reservations at the conference rate of $175 per night plus taxes and fees.  You can make reservations using this link.

Conference attendees get discount airfares on Delta.  You must book through, and enter the meeting code NMNLY during the booking process.  Telephone reservations can also be made using the meeting code for discounted flights, but telephone customers will pay Delta’s telephone booking fee.


Latest Happenings

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program is now accepting applications through December 15, 2016. This opportunity is for tenure-track faculty who are committed not only to research and teaching but also to building a more inclusive scholarly community. Applicants may not be going up for tenure during the award year (2017–18). 

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. While Malkiel Scholars may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences, preference will be given to those whose work relates to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women’s issues, and/or higher education. 

Please share this opportunity with colleagues who may be interested in and eligible for the Malkiel Scholars Program. Additional information is available

To download a one page brochure click 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 2017 Annual Meetings were held January 12-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was a resounding success, with almost 1,300 participants and over 330 panels. My thanks to Program Chair Jeffrey Gill (from Washington University St. Louis) and 2016 SPSA President William Jacoby (Michigan State) for their great efforts. The 2018 Program Chair, Saundra K. Schneider from Michigan State, has appointed a Program Committee which is already hard at work preparing for next year’s SPSA conference We’ll return to the Big Easy on January 4-6. 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. 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 2017 President of the Southern Political Science Association, I hope to build upon the extraordinary work of my predecessors to consolidate the Association’s position as one of the foremost professional organizations in our discipline. In addition to 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.”  

-Judith A. Baer, SPSA President