2013 MEETING - SECTION
2013 ANNUAL MEETING
THE EMPIRES STRIKE BACK!
March 28 – 30, 2013, Renaissance Hotel
Gary M. Segura
2013 WPSA Program Chair
616 Serra St.
Encina Hall West 100
Stanford, CA 94305-6044
Kim Yi Dionne
Texas A&M University
The Comparative Politics section welcomes papers and panels
on a broad range of substantive topics, including the study
of democracy, dictatorship and regime transitions, accountability
and representation, civil war, comparative political institutions
(political parties, party systems, electoral rules, legislatures,
courts, and central banks, etc.), political behavior (participation,
voting, and social movements), and comparative political economy.
We are also interested in soliciting papers that interpret the
mandate of ‘comparative politics’ in new ways, i.e., that step
outside the traditional canon of established subjects. We encourage
papers from a variety of methodological perspectives.
Oregon State University
The section gathers together activists and scholars who are
interested in what political theory can contribute to larger
policy debates and intellectual discussions about environmental
issues. The goal is to connect theory with practice. The numbers
at EPT events have been growing for more than five years, and
participants consistently are enthusiastic about the significant
benefits of developing this important intellectual community.
We seek proposals which employ the tools, texts, or insights
of political theory to improve our understanding of the environment,
the human-nature relationship, contemporary environmentalist
research agendas, academic pedagogy, public policies, and ethical
The section invites papers that focus on the politics of environmental
problems and/or the processes by which they are addressed. Proposed
papers and panels that emphasize comparative environmental politics
are encouraged, as are papers that emphasize theory building
and empirical testing with cutting-edge political methodology.
Of particular interest are papers that use environmental policy
as a critical research setting to address core questions in
political science and public policy.
University of Texas, El Paso
This section welcomes papers that deal with executive politics,
whether in terms of internal development or with respect to
linkages with other institutions and phenomena. In light of
the conference theme, papers that engage topics relevant to
politics in the Age of Obama are particularly encouraged, especially
those that provide analytical evaluations of Barack Obama’s
policy leadership and his administration’s institutional dynamics.
In addition, paper proposals that signify theoretical development
in the study of executive politics are welcome. Potential panel
topics include, but are not limited to: staffing and administrative
politics, rhetoric and public engagement, post-9/11 institutional
evolution, inter-branch linkages and unilateral action.
Intersectionality has attracted substantial scholarly attention
since the 1990s. Rather than examining discourses and structures
such as gender, race, colonialism, class, sexuality, (dis)ability,
nation, religion, and transnationalism as separate and distinct
dimensions of political life, we seek proposals which examine
how they mutually construct one another. We welcome paper and
panel proposals that draw on a wide range of quantitative and
qualitative methods, as well as a variety of social groups and
contexts within the US and beyond. We especially encourage submissions
on: ways to further develop and push against existing disciplinary,
epistemological, methodological and theoretical boundaries;
the relationship between theories of intersectionality and institutional,
community, and activist practices; Indigenous worldviews and
intersectionality; intersections between faith/spirituality
and other categories; how intersectionality operates in the
production and organization of normalized and deviant bodies;
and the role of intersectionality at the transnational and global
Texas A&M University
The last four decades have witnessed a dramatic increase in
international migration throughout the world, raising important
political questions in many countries. We seek paper and panel
proposals from a wide range of scholars studying and analyzing
the overlapping subjects of international migration and politics,
immigration policy, immigrant integration policies and their
implementation, political incorporation and “citizen-making,”
and the changing meanings and practices of “citizenship” in
an era of heightened international migration. We seek proposals
from scholars studying these overlapping subjects in a variety
of settings, including global, national, sub-national, regional,
municipal, using a variety of approaches, from single-state
to comparative, and drawing on a variety of methodologies and
methods. We would also welcome expressions of interest from
those planning to attend the meeting who are not submitting
papers on this topic this year but who have an interest and
research background in it and would like to be involved as session
chairs or discussants.
Texas A&M University
This section welcomes papers that address the international
dimensions of political relations. Research should examine interactions
between units in the international system. Papers may focus
on any subfield of international relations, including (but not
limited to) international organizations and law, international
conflict and security, foreign policy interactions, terrorism,
international institutions and regimes, global environmental
relations, technology, and international political economy.
A broad mix of papers is encouraged, including a variety of
methods and theoretical perspectives. For this meeting, we particularly
welcome papers that deal with future relations and policy considerations
consistent with the conference's theme.
University of California, Riverside
This section organizes panels and invites individual papers
that examine, apply, and critique interpretive methods. Basically,
interpretive methods are modes of thinking informed by presuppositions
from phenomenology, hermeneutics, and some critical theory,
as well as ideas from pragmatism, symbolic interaction theories,
and ethnomethodology. Paper topics can range from explicitly
political investigations (such as ethnographic studies of the
Obama presidency or of contemporary protest in the Middle East)
to explorations of more heuristic questions (such as reflections
on interviewing as a social process or on reading archived documents)
to general questions in the philosophy of social science (such
as the place of reflexivity in research and the meaning of “intersectionality”).
Panel proposals are especially welcome in which all participants
apply or analyze of interpretive methodologies in a particular
subfield of political science (for example, American political
development, post-colonial studies, or comparative political
University of California, Merced
The section welcomes papers or panels that investigate the
role of legal actors and legal institutions in the United States
or comparative contexts as well as those that explore how politics,
institutions, and ideas shape and constrain the law’s development.
We particularly encourage proposals that address the theme of
the conference, “Transnational Borders, Equity and Social Justice.”
In what ways are legal actors and institutions responsive to
transnational issues? In what ways are they constrained? How
do transnational issues complicate the section’s long-running
attention to equity and social justice? We hope to receive proposals
with diverse theoretical, practical, and methodological perspectives
using a variety of approaches, from the conventional to the
creative. The section welcomes panel proposals that offer opportunities
for participation by a mix of senior scholars, junior scholars,
and graduate students. When proposing book panels, consider
submissions that include more than one book, and submissions
that link the work of an established scholar with the work of
a more junior, emerging scholar
University of California, Merced
The section welcomes papers on any topic related to the study
of the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, or other legislative
institutions. Topics might include congressional parties, committees,
representation, leadership, rules, procedure, reform, policy
making, budgeting, floor behavior, historical development, and
race/ethnicity in legislative institutions. Individually, what
determines the choices that legislators make, and how do the
tough votes that they cast affect their electoral fortunes?
How do legislative and governmental institutions shape the contours
and outcomes of these policy debates, and do decisions made
in hard times have a reciprocal effect on the shape of institutions?
Proposals that take advantage of variation across countries,
across time within a single legislature, or across sub-national
legislatures will be especially welcome as well as papers analyzing
the influence of lobbyists, executive branch, or bureaucracies.
Both American and comparative politics scholars are welcome
to submit proposals.
California State University, Sacramento
The section invites proposals for innovative and original research
at the intersection of politics and communication, broadly conceived.
The section welcomes all research methods and analytical approaches
that advance understanding of the practices, processes, and
policy implications of political communication in all its forms.
Preference will be given to proposals that connect research
with fundamental questions about politics. This includes but
is not restricted to: investigations of structural and economic
influences on political news content, media and campaign effects,
the relationship between mass media communication and elite
communication, comparative examinations of media and media systems,
inter-institutional communication, regulation of the media,
discrepancies between news reporting and real world events,
and the impact of new media on political knowledge and behavior.
Proposals for papers or panels tackling methodological and theoretical
challenges in the study of political communication are of particular
interest. The organization of panels will reflect the interests
of those whose proposals can be accommodated.
12: Parties, Interest Groups and Social Movements
University of California, Santa Cruz
We seek proposals that address new methodological and theoretical
challenges in the study of organizations and parties and social
movements. We are also interested in proposals that focus on
social movements, and the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity
and parties, especially with regard to theories of representation
and social movements. And, we strongly encourage proposals that
examine these questions in comparative perspective.
Diego Von Vacano
Texas A&M University
This section welcomes papers at the intersection of political
theory and empirical concern, creating a critical dialogue between
theory and practice in which events push our thinking further
and intellectual labor is performed to conceptualize historical
and contemporary developments. Papers are especially welcome
that reflect upon neoliberalism, post-Fordism, communicative
capitalism, the growth of executive power, torture and other
forms of violence, and whether “emergency” or “institutional
transformation” best describes contemporary crises. Papers also
might address sub-national, transnational, or imperial forms
of sovereignty, law, and resistance, in addition to innovative
or “autonomous” forms of political organization. Of course,
papers connecting to the conference theme of President Obama’s
election and Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equal citizenship
are also welcome. How might we theorize post-rational political
discourse cultivating a pluralism reduced to suspicion (birth
certificates, climate change, and “post-fact” political attack)?
What challenges does the principle of equal citizenship face
today? Is it now time to discuss developments as tending towards
University of Minnesota
The Contemporary & Normative Theory section of the WPSA
welcomes proposals in all areas of contemporary political theory
including but not limited to feminist theory, democratic theory,
liberalism, Marxism, political aesthetics, comparative political
theory, legal theory, critical race theory, queer theory, cultural
studies, critical geography, and environmental political theory.
This section also encourages proposals that adopt normative-philosophical
and/or critical-theoretical approaches to major topics in political
science including, among others, multicultural politics, neoliberalism,
nationalism, transnationalism and globalization, state power,
technologies of security, civil society, social movements, representation,
democratic governance and citizenship, and political identity.
Papers that develop a contemporary perspective on enduring theoretical
concepts, such as equality, justice, domination, sovereignty,
rights, the subject, civic virtue, and moral judgment, are also
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The "Political Thought: Historical Approaches" section
of the WPSA seeks papers that interpret and theorize the canon,
other political literatures, and archives from all periods,
and that explore the political dimensions of artistic and cultural
products in historical perspective. Papers that adopt critical,
transformative, and/or comparative perspectives on these historical
materials are welcome, as well as those that address the political
dimensions of classical and modern themes of intellectual history.
Such themes may include affect, authority, class, education,
equality, enlightenment, epistemology and methods, freedom,
gender, ideology, individuality, interest, justice, language,
luxury, race, power, propaganda, punishment, representation,
revolution, secrecy, sexuality, slavery, sovereignty, solidarity,
and so on.
University of Oregon
University of Oregon
The section welcomes proposals for papers or panels covering
the broad scope of the study of politics, policy and institutions
using historical perspectives to address issue areas of contemporary
concern. In particular, the section encourages submissions from
scholars whose work focuses on developmental themes related
to major political processes including institutional reform
and policy change and concepts, such as democratization, citizenship,
political representation, and political parties. We especially
encourage research that locates American political development
in comparative and historical frameworks and that addresses
the intersection of major group identities, such as race, class,
gender, and religion.
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Irvine
The section welcomes proposals that address politics and sexuality
broadly conceived, in an empirical and / or critical manner.
Especially interesting would be proposals that address the conference
theme of “(Re)Imagining Our Future(S): Obama’s Election, Global
Crises, And Political Science Practices” by considering the
changing status of sexuality issues in the United States and
globally. Among the topics worthy of exploration are such as
the changing acceptance of gay marriage, the nature of sex work
in the global political economy, intersectionality and sexuality,
and exploring political science assumptions about the conduct
of research in studying sexuality. In addition to traditional
proposals for research papers and panels, the section welcomes
proposals that address issues of sexuality and politics creatively.
Feel free to contact the organizer with questions and / or ideas.
Alisa Hicklin Fryar
University of Oklahoma
This section invites paper proposals that address questions
related to public management and governance. Consistent with
the conference theme, proposals addressing transnational administrative
questions, or comparative studies of public administration,
are particularly welcome. The field of public administration
has a history of confronting challenging questions related to
geographic and organizational boundaries. Public administration
scholarship engaging questions about networks, collaboration,
policy implementation, and governance relationships can advance
the dialogue on boundaries during the conference. Papers addressing
citizen engagement in public affairs, public workforce diversity,
technology, the role of non-profits in service delivery, and
other questions relevant to public administration are also welcome.
The section encourages and will highlight diverse and rigorous
research methodologies and empirical analysis.
The section welcomes proposals that are related to the political
perspectives and preferences of members of the public. This
includes but is not restricted to investigations of the sources
of public opinion, processes of opinion formation, the relationship
between context and public opinion, the relationship between
public opinion and public policy, and the relationship between
public opinion and elite behavior and decision making. We also
seek proposals that use a psychological lens to examine political
decision-making and behavior as well as proposals that examine
political phenomena in the service of developing and enhancing
psychological theory. Proposals that focus on information processing,
identity formation and its consequences, the role of emotion
and affect, personality at the elite or mass level, socialization,
media and campaign effects, intergroup relations, and leadership
are welcome as well.
University of Iowa
This section invites paper proposals in all areas of public
policy studies, including but not limited to: theory-based research
on the processes of policy making and change, and public engagement
in those processes; and practically oriented policy analyses
and program evaluations. In all cases, authors are encouraged
to incorporate empirical, theoretical, and normative concerns
in their papers. Keeping with the conference theme, papers addressing
recent and future policy issues, and those incorporating interdisciplinary
or multidisciplinary perspectives and methods are strongly encouraged.
All policy issues will be considered, as will all levels of
policy making from the local to the international arena.
Stella Manrique Rouse
University of Maryland
The Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section invites papers that
examine the political implications of issues of equity and social
justice along transnational borders, particularly as they are
related to the politics of race and ethnicity and to the intersections
of race and ethnicity with other identities and axes of inequality.
Individual papers, full panels, and roundtables are all invited.
In addition to traditional paper and panel formats, we welcome
proposals that bridge theory and practice by bringing together
scholars, activists, and other practitioners; that examine the
contributions of political science to policy development; that
develop resources for community members, advocates, policy makers,
and other political actors; and that develop pedagogical tools
and resources for students. We also encourage proposals that
examine intersecting inequalities and political identities,
and that bring work together from across subfields, methodologies,
University of Washington
Past WPSA meetings have been characterized by especially rich
work in the area of state, local, and urban politics. We hope
to continue and expand upon that tradition for the 2012 meeting.
This section welcomes papers on a wide variety of topics, addressing
different types of questions, using varied methods, and specifying
different units of analysis. We strongly welcome work that is
comparative in nature or addresses larger questions of federalism,
but these are not requirements. Given the conference theme we
especially encourage research on sub-national politics that
might shed light on how American politics more generally has
changed (or not changed) since the election of Barack Obama.
University of Minnesota, Morris
The section welcomes proposals on all topics related to educating
both undergraduate and graduate students. Proposals could explore
such topics as: advising, assessment, civic engagement, curriculum
development, diversity within the classroom, educational goals,
experiential learning, applied learning, internships, pedagogic
responsibilities, service learning, simulations, teaching strategies,
and technology. The focus may be on pedagogic practice or the
scholarship of teaching and learning. Qualitative, interpretive,
quantitative, theoretical, or philosophical approaches will
all be considered.
California State University, Fullerton
Undergraduate students are invited to present posters on research
they are conducting under the supervision of their Political
Science faculty advisors. Any topic appropriate to the political
science discipline – broadly conceived – is welcome.
California State University, East Bay
The section welcomes panels and papers on topics related to
important theoretical, substantive, and/or methodological issues
dealing with electoral behavior in the United States and in
comparative perspective. Among others, topics could include
campaign effects, election forecasting, campaign finance reforms,
alternative voting technologies, voter registration, mobilization,
and turnout. This section welcomes panels and papers on topics
related to campaigns and electioneering in the United States
and in comparative perspective with particular attention to
whether and how the behavior of candidates affects outcomes.
Topics include campaign effects writ large, advertising, mobilization
and get-out-the-vote efforts, strategy, primary election campaigns,
and media coverage of campaigns. Proposals examining the role
of fundamentals in relation to campaign efforts are especially
welcome, along with proposals that highlight the use of new
or novel data, observational or other, that are well-suited
to study campaign efforts.
University of Colorado
This section welcomes papers and panels that examine the interaction
of gender and power in both political institutions and society.
While all proposals related to women and politics are invited,
we especially seek proposals connected to this year’s conference
theme: transnational borders, equity, and social justice. Such
topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, gendered
dimensions of immigration and education reform; women’s grassroots
mobilizing in relation to immigration, economic equity, budget
cuts to social services affecting women of all races and ethnic
groups; women’s political mobilizing to mitigate the long-term
challenges of gendered divisions of labor and economic restructuring;
women’s transnational environmental activism, etc. Proposals
that broadly define all three elements of the conference theme,
and proposals that conceive of “women and politics” as including
political activism and activity at the public policy, institutional,
cultural, and/or grassroots levels are welcome. We encourage
proposals for “women and politics” papers from a range of theoretical
and empirical approaches, as well as interdisciplinary proposals.
In addition to individual paper submissions, conference theme
and non-theme related panels that bring together junior and
senior scholars are invited.
PRQ Call for
2013 Call for Papers