Call for Papers

The Fourteenth Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops, extended virtual format, will be held June 14th--July 23rd, 2021, hosted by The Pennsylvania State University.

Sponsored by the Center for Social Data Analytics, the Department of Political Science, and the College of Liberal Arts, at Penn State, PolNet XIV will feature one week of (four) workshops, followed by five weeks of panels, with each week including approximately three 1.5-hour panels. Each panel will include up to four presentations. The program committee and host are pleased to invite proposal submissions. For this year PolNet is moving from a program designed by two program co-chairs, to a program selected by a large program committee. Please see the committee membership listed below. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished and dynamic group of scholars in charge of designing the conference panels.

For full consideration, proposals must be submitted by Monday, April 5th, 2021.

Decisions regarding proposals will be announced by May 7th, 2021. Once proposals have been accepted to present on a panel, a conference organizer will coordinate with panelists to find a day and time that works. The panel dates and times will be finalized by June 7th, 2021. The final program will be announced publicly by June 11th, 2021.

To submit a paper proposal, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 350 words on the submission form:

Submission Form

We seek proposals for papers that engage in rigorous theoretical and/or empirical research on the application of networks to politics, public policy, and public administration. We also welcome contributions that develop novel methodological approaches to the analysis of political networks. We aim to have a conference that represents research from a broad range of subfields and methodologies, and submissions are encouraged from scholars in political science or related disciplines including sociology, communication, psychology, public policy, and computer science.

Program Committee Members:

Sahar Abi-Hassan, Mills College

Carlos Algara, Claremont Graduate University

Ross Butters, University of California Center Sacramento

Rachel Blum, The University of Oklahoma

Christine Bricker, Warren Wilson College

Taylor Carlson, Washington University in St. Louis

Ted Hsuan Yun Chen, University of Helsinki

Alison Craig, University of Texas at Austin

Marina Duque, Florida State University

Margaret Foster, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chien-shih Huang, University of California, Davis

Christina Ladam, University of Nevada, Reno

Shahryar Minhas, Michigan State University

Santiago Olivella, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Periloux Peay, Georgia State University

Kelsey Shoub, University of South Carolina, Columbia

Sarah Shugars, New York University

Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld, University of California, Los Angeles

The Pennsylvania State University Host

Bruce Desmarais, bdesmarais@psu.edu