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29th Annual Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science

The Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University invites you to the 29th Annual Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science, which will take place on Friday May 13, 2022. This year for the second time we will hold our conference virtually. ISU’s Annual Conference provides students of political science an opportunity to share their research with the larger academic community and build scholarly networks. We welcome papers from all subdisciplines of political science from both undergraduate and graduate students. Panelists at the previous conferences included 750 students attending over 100 colleges and universities.

The proposal submission deadline is April 15, 2022. Full conference papers need to be submitted by May 1, 2022. If you are interested in presenting your research in this exciting event, please submit an abstract of your paper no longer than 250 words in our online portal:

Dr. Orçun Selçuk from Luther College will deliver this year's keynote speech. His keynote is titled Polarizing Populism in Latin America: Inclusion, Exclusion and Opposition.

If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the conference coordinator:

Dr. Yusuf Sarfati Email:

This conference is sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the Undergraduate Political Science Association, The Graduate Student Association, and The Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.

2021 Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Awards

  • Haley Ehlers

    Illinois State University
    Toxic Relationship with Public Housing: Are Health and Safety Conditions Influencing Factors in Length of Stay?

  • Grace Burgener

    Illinois State University
    Protest and Repression: How do Protest Objectives Impact the Likelihood of Repression?

  • Dani Park

    Illinois State University
    Fragmented Ontology and the Production of Unity

  • Beatrice Beirne

    Saint Louis University
    For Work, for Rest, for Selfies: Solidarity Portraiture and Capitalist Photography in Post-Automation America

  • Molly Sulzer

    University of Southern California
    The Politics of Abortion: Testing the Attitudinal Model in the Fifth and Ninth Circuits

  • Thomas Sheffield

    State University of New York at Fredonia
    Practical Insights or Parlor Games? The Visibility of a Systemic Approach to Analyzing Modalities of Interpretation

These papers can be found in the Critique student research journal.