Institutions and Societies 2020


This year's conference -- the 8th annual -- is tentatively scheduled to take place on Friday, February 21, 2019 in Husted Hall at the Downtown Campus of UAlbany!

The 7th Annual Institutions and Societies Graduate Student Conference was held on Friday, 22 February 2019. Scan the QR Code to your left to visit the electronic program of panels and events that took place at last year's conference on February 22, 2019. You can also download a PDF copy of the program.

This year we will be using a submission portal to manage the receipt and acceptance of proposals and abstracts. Instructions and further details will be published in the coming weeks.

Institutions and Societies is co-hosted by the Rockefeller Students Association (RSA, formerly the Graduate Association of Political Science) and the Students of Educational Administration for Change (SEAChange).

Welcome to the Conference Site!

This year's conference will be held on Friday, 21 February 2020 in Husted Hall at the Downtown Campus of the University at Albany, SUNY. Submissions and abstracts will be done electronically through a submission portal. Once the portal is live, this site will be update with instructions on how to register and submit your proposal.

The Downtown Campus is located at 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12222.

The conference welcomes proposals from graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the following disciplines:

  • anthropology
  • area/regional studies
  • communications & mass media
  • criminal justice
  • economics and nanoeconomics
  • education
  • environmental studies
  • gender studies
  • history
  • informatics
  • law
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • psychology
  • public administration & policy
  • organizational studies
  • sociology
  • social welfare
  • urban planning well as interdisciplinary proposals.

Last Year's Conference and Program

Curious about our previous conferences? Our 2019 conference program is available for viewing. You can also view our 2018 conference program for a full list of panels, panelists, their abstracts, and events.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact us via email at

About The Conference

The Institutions & Societies: Graduate Conference is an interdisciplinary conference co-hosted by the Rockefeller Students Association (RSA) and the Students of Educational Administration for Change (SEAChange). The inaugural conference was held in March 2013 at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, located on the Downtown Campus of the University at Albany. Definition of the conference name and theme, Institutions & Societies, has been left purposefully broad to allow for a wide range of participants, papers, panels, and posters. This year marks the 8th year that we have hosted this graduate student conference!

The aim of the conference is to provide graduate students in the Capital Region with an open venue for sharing their research while promoting cross-discipline dialogue in order to improve the overall quality of graduate research. The conference also seeks to allow graduate students to present their work and receive peer and faculty feedback in a "low threat" environment without the pressure (and expense) of a major academic conference.

The conference is open to any graduate students in the Capital Region who are engaged in the research areas of anthropology, area/regional studies, communications and mass media, criminal justice, economics/nanoeconomics, education, environmental studies, history, informatics, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, public administration & policy, organizational studies, sociology, social welfare, and urban planning as well as interdisciplinary research that has a social science flair.

Organizers and Sponsors

The conference is co-organized by the Rockefeller Students Association (RSA, formerly known as GAPS) and the Students of Educational Leadership and Policy (SEAChange).

This conference has been made possible thanks to funds and support from the Department of Political Science and Department of Public Administration at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the Department of Education Policy and Leadership in the School of Education, and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).