Conference 2018

Minnesota Political Methodology Graduate Student Conference

Minneapolis , MN

May 4-5, 2018

We invite doctoral students to submit proposals to the Minnesota Political Methodology Graduate Student Conference to be held on May 4 – May 5, 2018. The conference is designed to provide doctoral students with feedback on their research methods from peers and faculty.

Research papers may focus on any substantive topic, employ any research methodology, and/or be purely methodological. We are particularly interested in novel applied work to interesting and important questions in political science, sociology, psychology, and related fields.

Applicants should submit a 1,000-1,500 word research proposal along with a copy of the applicant’s CV. Proposals should include:

    1. A research question.
    2. Tentative hypotheses and argument.
    3. A research design.

The paper will be evaluated based on the quality of the submission.

Papers may be single- or co-authored. However, all authors on co-authored papers must be graduate students.

Applications must be received by Friday, December 1, 2017.

There is no registration fee. Meals during the conference will be provided. Additionally, room and board will be provided to students who are accepted from outside universities.

Any questions regarding the conference or the submissions of proposal should be addressed to


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.