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The 2016 Meeting will be held January 7-9, 2016 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  For more conference information, please see our 2016 Conference Overview web page.

Austin Peay State University has two tenure-track openings in Political Science.  Click here to download details.

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Call for Papers

The Barack Obama Presidency: Legacy and Record

The Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Mount Union, in coordination with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron, is seeking participants for a conference on the legacy and record of the Barack Obama presidency, to be held March 10-11, 2016 on the Mount Union campus.

This will be an even-handed, non-partisan, and scholarly examination of the actions and consequences of the Obama Presidency on the United States and world from a variety of perspectives. We are soliciting paper proposals from across academic disciplines on a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to: appointments, international and domestic issues, constitutional and legal questions, homeland and national security, electoral politics, race relations, media relations, economic and societal inequality, economic policy, and White House staff and the executive branch. We encourage conference participants to engage in conversations and research beyond the customary disciplinary territory, and welcome panels that include multi- and inter-disciplinary scholars across all fields.

Selected papers from the conference will be included in an edited book.

Proposals should include a tentative paper title, a brief description of the paper (250 words maximum), institutional affiliation, and contact information including an email address. Proposal deadline is December 15, 2015. Proposals should be submitted electronically to: Please put “Obama Legacy” in the subject line.

For additional information visit the conference website at:

Please direct questions to Dr. Michael Grossman, University of Mount Union: or 330.829.8740.


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 2015 Meeting Attendees! The SPSA experienced record breaking attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone back in San Juan!

“Welcome to the website of the Southern Political Science Association, the nation’s oldest regional political science association. I hope you find our redesigned website informative and easy to use. Drop down menus allow easy access to information about joining the SPSA and also about the Association’s leadership, programs, and grants and awards.

The SPSA is committed to serving the broad community of political scientists and others interested in the study and teaching of politics. The Association hosts a conference each January which provides a venue for the presentation and discussion of the latest research in political science as well as opportunities for attendees to interact and network in a collegial environment. The SPSA’s journal, The Journal of Politics, is a leading general interest journal in political science, publishing theoretically innovative and methodologically diverse research in all subfields of the discipline.

I invite you to take a moment and peruse our website. If you are an SPSA member, thanks! If you are not a member of the SPSA, please consider joining. And a reminder: our 2016 conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico; our 2017 conference will take place in New Orleans.”  

-Ann O’M. Bowman, SPSA President