2017 Conference

Annual Conference


MIPSA 2017

October 26-27
Eastern Michigan University

MIPSA’s annual conference normally takes place in October of each year on the campus of one of its member institutions.

The 2017 conference will take place October 26-27 on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Information about the conference may be accessed through the links below. For questions not covered by the information presented here, please contact the organizer and host, Dr. Judith Kullberg, (734-487-1405).

Call for Proposals

Presentation (paper), panel, roundtable, and teaching poster proposals are welcome on any topic that involves government, politics, or public policy at the international, national, state, local, or tribal levels. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, are encouraged to submit proposals. The submission deadline for all proposals is October 4.

Submit a proposal.





The conference will be held at the Student Center at 900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti, MI on the campus of Eastern Michigan University

Interactive Campus Map:

Directions to the Student Center:

Parking: Available at the Student Center on Oakwood St. See Map for directions:




Keynote Speaker

Dr. Patrick Regan, this year’s keynote speaker, is a Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Regan’s primary research has focused on the role of external actors in managing armed conflict. He is also exploring the conditions under which water scarcity driven by climate changes influences the likelihood of armed conflict. A key part of this research involves the role of social adaptation to the climate stressors. His most recent book, The Politics of Global Climate Change (Paradigm, 2015), articulates a multi-level political process for influencing climate change legislation, beginning with local politics. Dr. Regan has authored three additional books, Sixteen Million One: Understanding Civil War (Paradigm, 2010), Civil Wars and Foreign Powers (Michigan, 2000), and Organizing Societies for War (Praeger, 1994). Sixteen Million One was a finalist in the Grawemeyer Competition for Ideas that Improve World Order. He has also published a number of research articles in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and others. He has served on the editorial boards of the International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Civil Wars, and International Interactions and the advisory boards of the International Studies Intensive Series of Paradigm Press and the Correlates of War Project. Dr. Regan serves as an Associate Director at the Environmental Change Initiative and oversees Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN). Regan has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute, a Fulbright research fellow at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway, a visiting faculty member at Bogacizi University in Istanbul, and a visiting scholar at China’s Sichuan University’s Center on Ecology, Environment and Sustainability. He served as President of the Peace Science Society (International) from 2012-13.

Panel Discussion - "Michigan's Future"

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State Senator Rick Jones is in his second term representing the 24th District. He serves as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vice-chair of the Senate’s Regulatory Reform committee, and as a member of the Families, Seniors, and Human Services, Health Policy, and Insurance Committees. Jones was also elected by his Senate colleagues as Assistant Majority Caucus Chair. Mr. Jones began his Legislative career in the Michigan House of Representatives serving the 71st District. He served three terms, during which time he served on the House’s Judiciary and Regulatory Reform committees and as minority vice-chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. Before taking office, he worked for 33 years in law enforcement.

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Representative Yousef Rabhi is serving his first term as state representative for the 53rd House District. He started his career as an elected official serving on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. He served three terms and held positions as the working session chair, the chair of the Board and in his third term as the vice chair of the Board. He was also able to serve on nearly 20 different boards, committees and commissions covering topics such as public safety, public works, solid waste management, transportation, human service funding and land preservation, among others. Rabhi was the volunteer coordinator for the Matthei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan before his election to the Michigan House of Representatives.



Click here to download the preliminary program. The final program will be distributed at the Conference Registration Desk.




Thursday October 26th, 2017                     

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Registration

2:00 pm- 5:45 pm – Poster Sessions

4:45 pm-5:45 pm – Reception

6:00 pm 8:30 pm – Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Friday October 27th, 2017

8:00 am – Registration begins

8:30 am – 10:00 am; 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm- 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm- 1:30 pm – Business Meeting

1:30 – 3:00 pm - Plenary Session: Turn Up Turnout: How Can We Get More Young People to the Polls?

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm – Breakout Sessions



There are a number of hotels in the area that offer special rates for conference attendees. Please mention MIPSA in order to receive special rate.

Plymouth Road & M-23   (10 Minutes from Campus)

Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham: 734-997-9100 

1 Bed:   $69.00; 2 Bed:   $79.00; Suites:  $89.00

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Rates include continental breakfast.

Holiday Inn Near the University of Michigan: 734-769-9800

Run of the House:  $99.00

Hampton Inn North: 734-996-4444

Run of the House:  $139.00

Rate includes breakfast

Briarwood Mall Area  (15 Minutes from Campus)

Hyatt Place Ann Arbor: 734-995-1234

Run of the House (Single King with Sofa Sleeper or Double King): $ 129.00

Rate includes breakfast

Fairfield Inn By Marriott: 734-995-5200

King Room:  $102.00

Rate includes breakfast

Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor: 734-327-6400

Queen Room:  $159.00

Rate includes the breakfast bar that features coffee, juices, breakfast pastries, oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurts, bagels, and muffins

All rooms feature refrigerators, microwave, and Keurig coffee maker.

Holiday Inn & Suites University of Michigan Area: 734-213-1900

Room Rate:  $124.00

Hampton Inn South: 734-665-5000

Run of the House $119.00

Rate includes breakfast

Downtown Ann Arbor (15 minutes from Campus)

Graduate Ann Arbor: 734-769-2200

Single or double rate: $249.00 Additional guests $10.00/night