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2016 MPSA conference to feature return of empire series and breaking election year research

March 24, 2016

Bloomington, IN - March 24, 2016 - More than 5,500 political scientists are expected to attend the 2016 MPSA Annual Conference at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, April 7-10, where five political science scholars from the top universities and social science programs nationwide will serve as featured speakers.

MPSA created the Empire Lecture Series in 2014 as a vehicle to introduce political science research in a relevant and approachable way. Each Empire Series session begins with a 20-minute keynote presentation, followed by a 15 minute Q&A with the audience. Admission to Empire Series lectures and professional development sessions are included with regular conference registration.

The following topics will be presented over the course of the series:
  • Zoltan L. Hajnal, University of California, San Diego
"Dangerously Divided: How Race and Class Influence Who Wins and Loses in American Politics"
  • Claire Jean Kim, University of California, Irvine
"The Chinaman and the Slave: Notes on Race, Power, and Positionality"
  • Tali Mendelberg, Princeton University
"The Affluence Effect: College Socialization and Inequality"
  • Gary M. Segura, Stanford University
"ICYMI: Political Science, Academia, and the Challenge of Relevance in a Changing America"
  • Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., Northwestern University
"Immigration in the African-American Mind: Reverse Racial Triangulation and Proxy Representation, 1865-1965"

Additionally, conference organizers have added two new roundtable discussions to the schedule to address issues currently reflected in the media:
  • Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Prospect of Finding Common Ground After 2016

  • Scalia, the Supreme Court, and the 2016 Elections (Co-sponsored with Law and Society, and Law and Jurisprudence)

For more information on the conference or the Empire Series, please visit Press passes are available to credentialed media upon request.

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