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Sixteen scholars featured in Midwest Political Science Association's 2015 Empire Lecture Series

MPSA Conference in Chicago April 16-18

Midwest Political Science Association

Bloomington, IN - April 10, 2015 - The Midwest Political Science Association welcomes the return of the MPSA Empire Lecture Series during its annual conference this April. Sixteen political science scholars from the top universities and social science programs nationwide will present as a featured speakers in the association's expanded Empire Lecture Series at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

MPSA created the speakers series in 2014 as a vehicle to introduce political science research in a relevant and approachable way. The following topics will be presented in thirty-minute increments over the course of the series:

Christopher Achen, Princeton University; Larry Bartels, Vanderbilt
"Democracy for Realists"

Steve Ansolabehere, Harvard
"Democracy's Boundaries: Political Science and Voting Rights"

Edward Carmines, Indiana University
"Match, Mismatch: Conditional Mass Polarization and the Transformation of American Politics"

James Druckman, Northwestern University
"Do Politics Hinder Scientific Communication?"

John Ferejohn, NYU
"Publius's Political Science"

Anna Grzymala-Busse, Michigan University
"Nations Under God? How Religion Influences Public Policy"

Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard
"The Politics of Genomics: Liberals' War on Science?"

Robert Huckfeldt, University of California, Davis
"Disproportional Influence: Movers and Shakers among the Rank and File"

Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan
"Do we Get the Government we Deserve? Race, the Party System, and Elite Incentives to Divide the Electorate"

Donald Kinder, University of Michigan
"History & Opinion: Obama's Rise to the Presidency and American Attitudes on Race"

David D. Laitin, Stanford University
"Why Muslim Integration Fails: an inquiry in Christian-heritage societies"

Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan
"Responding to Ignorance: Why People Appear to Know so Little about Politics and What We Can Do about It"

Josiah Ober, Stanford University
"The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece"

Tasha Philpot, The University of Texas at Austin
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Black Conservatism and Racial Consciousness in the Age of Obama"

Theda Skocpol, Harvard
"Understanding the Politics of Obama Care"


The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) conference, held April 16-19, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago is one of the largest in the discipline, with almost 6,000 presenters on the program and over 1,000 sessions with presenters from around the United States and at least fifty other countries.

Each Empire Series session begins with a 30-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.

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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