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Location:  D131/132  |  Thursday, February 7  |  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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The political psychology preconference brings together researchers to discuss topics in political behavior. In addition to faculty speakers, we host a graduate student talk, data blitz, poster session, and paper-swap. Our objectives are to break down boundaries between psychology and political science, and promote the next generation of political psychologists.

Thanks to generous funding from the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), we are providing a $50 discount to ISPP Members who register for the preconference. This discount is limited to the first 45 ISPP Members who register for the preconference. If interested, please email politpsych.spsp@gmail.com to receive the code. People who are not currently ISPP members can join ISPP here and then receive the discount (for students, the cost of membership is only $15). 


8:00-9:00 — Breakfast
9:00-9:10 — Welcoming remarks
9:10-10:25 — Mini Symposium #1: Measuring Political Attitudes in the Field and with Diverse Samples
9:10-9:35: Jeremy Ginges, The New School
9:35-10:00: Betsy Paluck, Princeton University
10:00-10:25: Neil Lewis, Jr., Cornell University

10:25-10:40 — Coffee Break
10:40-11:45 — Debate #1: Ideological Symmetry Versus Asymmetry
10:40-10:45: Arnold HoUniversity of Michigan (debate moderator), Introduction
10:45-11:05: Linda Skitka, University of Illinois at Chicago
11:05-11:25: Jaime Napier, New York University Abu Dhabi
11:25-11:35: Arnold Ho, Discussion
11:35-11:45: Q & A
11:45-12:45pm — Lunch/Poster Session

11:45-12:15 — Poster Session

12:45-1:05 — Graduate Student Talk

1:05-2:20 — Mini Symposium #2: Political Psychology in the Trump Era
1:05-1:30: Eric Knowles, New York University
1:30-1:55: Chris Crandall, University of Kansas
1:55-2:20: Melissa Ferguson, Cornell University
2:20-2:50 — Data Blitz (5 speakers)
2:50-3:20 — PM break
3:20-4:25 — Debate #2:  Does Ideological Diversity Impact the Quality of Our Research?
3:20-3:25: Alison LedgerwoodUniversity of California, Davis (debate moderator), Introduction
3:25-3:45: Debra Mashek, Heterodox Academy
3:45-4:05: Jay Van Bavel, New York University
4:05-4:15: Alison Ledgerwood, Discussion
4:15-4:25: Q & A
4:25-4:30 — Closing Remarks


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Call for Submissions:

There are several opportunities for young scholars to present their work at the preconference, which are outlined below. When submitting, please indicate all of the categories (e.g., student talk, data blitz) for which you would like your submission to be considered. If a submission is not accepted for a particular category, the submission will be evaluated for the next category that the submitter has listed, in the order of student talk, data blitz, and poster session. For example, if a submitter indicates that they are interested in being considered for both the student talk and the data blitz, they will first be evaluated for the student talk. If they are not selected for the student talk, they will then be considered for the data blitz.

Submissions should include a title, 250-word abstract (please do not include identifying information), and CV (for student talk submissions only). Note that for all submissions, data must be collected and analyzed before submission of the abstract, and the work in the submission cannot be presented in a symposium or poster at the main SPSP conference.

All submissions are due by November 1st, and should be sent to politpsych.spsp@gmail.com. Submitters will be notified of a decision by November 16th at the latest.

Student Talk: Graduate students are invited to submit proposals to give a 20-minute talk about first-authored work.

Data Blitz: Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career (i.e., pre-tenure) scholars are invited to submit proposals for a data blitz talk. Data blitz talks allow presenters to discuss their work in a brief format.

Poster Session: Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career (i.e., pre-tenure) scholars are invited to submit proposals for a poster presentation.

Digital Paper Swap: All attendees are welcome to submit a paper to our Digital Paper Swap. Recently published papers, pre-prints, or papers-in-progress are all encouraged. Before the preconference, a directory of selected papers will be distributed to preconference attendees, along with a link to each paper. This gives your colleagues a chance to read your work before the preconference, facilitating conversation and connections. All papers will also be listed in the preconference program.


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