Conference 2018

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Minnesota Political Methodology Graduate Student Conference

Minneapolis , MN

May 4-5, 2018


Accepted participants will be notified by February 1, 2018. Each participant will be expected to submit a full draft of their paper two weeks before the conference. Additionally, participants will be expected to provide written comments to their fellow panelists. Presentations will be in panel format for 10-12 minutes each. Participants will receive feedback from a faculty discussant as well as written feedback from the other graduate students on their panel.


Sara McLaughlin Mitchell is Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Michigan State University in 1997 and her B.S degree in Economics and Political Science at Iowa State University in 1991. She is author of Domestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Guide to the Scientific Study of International Processes (Wiley-Blackwell 2012), Conflict, War, and Peace: An Introduction to Scientific Research (CQ Press/Sage 2013),The Triumph of Democracy and the Eclipse of the West (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and What Do We Know About Civil Wars? (Rowman Littlefield 2016), she has edited several special journal issues, and she has published more than forty journal articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of several major research awards from the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development. Her areas of expertise include international conflict, political methodology, and gender issues in academia. Professor Mitchell is co-founder of the Journeys in World Politics workshop, a mentoring workshop for junior women studying international relations. She received the Faculty Scholar Award (2007-2010), Collegiate Scholar Award (2011), and the Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (2012) from the University of Iowa, the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award (2015) from the International Studies Association, a distinguished alumni award from Iowa State University, and she served as President of the Peace Science Society.

Conference Co-Sponsors

University Libraries

Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities Program

UMN Sociology

UMN Center for the Study of Political Psychology

UMN College of Liberal Arts

UMN Political Science

UMN Political Science Diversity Committee

UMN Comparative Politics Colloquium

UMN American Politics Colloquium

Freeman Center (Humphrey School of Public Affairs)

UMN Political Science Graduate Student Life Committee