2018 Conference

Annual Conference


MIPSA 2018

October 25-26
Michigan State University

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

The 2018 conference will take place October 25-26 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University. 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. Corwin Smidt,

Call for Proposals

Proposals for individual presentations and entire panels are welcome on topics of interest in all areas of political science, as well as public administration and public policy. We also accept proposals from scholars in other disciplines whose work touches on power, politics, government, and/or public policy.

In honor of the conference's 50th anniversary, the Executive Board has agreed upon the theme of: 50 Years (1968-2018) Now & Then. Presentations that speak to the political changes we have seen in Michigan and beyond since 1968 are especially requested. Proposals for papers, posters, full panels, roundtables, and for chairs and discussants may be submitted using the link below.

Due to requests and additional hosting capacities, we are extending the proposal deadline to September 24.

Call for Proposals

Submit a proposal



Professional 2019 Annual Conference Registration

Includes dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday

Student 2019 Annual Conference Registration

Includes dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday




The conference will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

Driving Directions

Parking is available at the parking garage adjacent to the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.



Thursday Keynote

The Promise of Michigan Government: former administrators share their perspectives on governing in Michigan and what it means for the future.


Friday Keynote

“Covering Michigan Politics” featuring Zoe Clark of Michigan Radio, John Lindstrom of the Gongwer News Service, and Riley Beggin of Bridge Magazine. Three state politics journalists discuss the current state of political journalism in Michigan and answer your questions in a moderated discussion.




All events are at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Thursday, October 25

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm — Registration

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm — State Archives Tour

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm — Poster Presentations

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm — MIPSA Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm — Awards Banquet and Keynote Address

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm — MIPSA Board Meeting and Reception

Friday, October 26

8:00 am - 3:30 pm — Registration

8:30 am - 10:00 am — Panel Presentations

10:00 am - 10:15 am — Break

10:15 am - 11:45 am — Panel Presentations

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm — Lunch and Keynote Address

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm — Business Meeting

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm — Panel Presentations

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm — Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm — Panel Presentations



A set of 20 hotel rooms have been reserved at the Kellogg Hotel for Thursday evening at the discount group rate of $114 for standard rooms and $125 for deluxe rooms (plus tax). Use the group code: 1810MICPOL


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