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For the Media

What is political science and what do political scientists do? According to the US Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues." The discipline commonly recognizes several major subfields which MPSA has organized into approximately 80 conference sections.

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) was founded in 1939 and is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all areas of political science.  The purposes of the MPSA are to promote the professional study and teaching of political science, to facilitate communications between those engaged in such study, and to develop standards for and encourage research in theoretical and practical political problems. As such, MPSA is a nonpartisan association. It does not support political parties or candidates.

The MPSA publishes the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), a premier journal for research in all major areas of political science. In April of each year, the MPSA holds one of the largest political science conferences, with more than 5,000 presenters from throughout the United States and around the world. Traditionally, the national conference is held in Chicago at the historic Palmer House Hotel.

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MPSA Conference Press Passes Available

Registered members of the press will have complimentary access to presentations, roundtables, posters and receptions. Marketing/advertising, sales, art directors, managers, publishers, and other non-editorial professionals of media organizations are NOT eligible for press passes and should proceed to the Attendee Registration page. After we have received your credentials, they will be reviewed and are subject to approval based on press space allocation and management's discretion. Submitting a request does not guarantee that you will receive a press pass, and press passes will not be granted to anyone whose principal purpose for attending our event is—in our judgment—for reasons other than covering them as working news media.

Press pass requests for the annual conference are accepted beginning in December of the prior year.