Important Dates:

Call for Proposals
December 1, 2017

Deadline to Submit Proposals and Apply for Funding
February 15, 2018

Notification of Acceptance
March 15, 2018

(Early Bird) Deadline to accept conference role and/or funding
April 1, 2018 

Conference registration FINAL Deadline
April 30, 2018

Please return for updates on the 2018 conference program in the coming months.

Conference Host

Jennifer Nicoll Victor,

Jennifer Nicoll Victor is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She studies the U.S. Congress, legislative organization and behavior, social network methods, campaign finance, interest groups and lobbying. She is the co-author of Bridging the Information Gap: Legislative Member Organizations in the United States and the European Union (U. Michigan Press 2013), and the co-editor of a forthcoming volume of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Political Networks (expected publication in 2017). Her research on legislator ambition, lobbying, legislative networks, political parties, and campaign finance has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, P.S.: Political Science and Politics, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. (2003) and an M.A. (1999), in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, San Diego (1997). She serves on the Board of Directors of the non-partisan, non-profit Center for Responsive Politics. In 2005 she served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). From 2003-2012 she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the faculty at George Mason in 2012.

Program Chairs

Matthew Pietryka,, @pie_try_ka

Matthew T. Pietryka is an assistant professor of political science at Florida State University. His research examines how people’s political choices are influenced by their friends, family, coworkers, and other acquaintances. His current research explores how the network structure—the particular pattern of relationships between individuals--influences the choices made by people at different positions in the social network. His most recent papers have appeared in the American Political Science ReviewPolitical Behavior, and Political Psychology.

Jaimie Settle,

Professor Jaime Settle is the director of the Social Networks and Political Psychology Lab and co-director of the Social Science Research Methods Center. Dr. Settle teaches courses on various aspects of American politics, focusing primarily on topics related to political behavior, psychology, and communication. Prof. Settle is broadly interested in how contentious interpersonal interactions about politics affect the way that individuals perceive conflict in their environment, evaluate other people, and engage within the political system. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the effect of social media communication on our polarized attitudes about the people with whom we disagree politically. In other work, she has used large-scale datasets derived from online social networks (such as Facebook) to refine an understanding of the effects of our social network on how we think, feel and behave politically. Her work has been published in Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and Political Science Research and Methods. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego.