Midwest Political Science Association

Midwest Political Science Association

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) is a professional association of political science scholars and students in the United States. It was founded in 1939, and publishes the American Journal of Political Science in conjunction with Rice University.

In April of each year, the MPSA holds one of the largest political science conferences in the United States. In 2009, more than 5,100 presenters presented almost 4,000 papers at the conference.[1] Traditionally, the MPSA Conference is held in Chicago, Illinois at the historic Palmer House Hilton.

Presidents of the Midwest Political Science Association

  • James K. Pollock, University of Michigan, 1939
  • W.H.C. Laves, University of Chicago, 1940
  • Francis G. Wilson, University of Illinois, 1941
  • John E. Briggs, State U. of Iowa, 1942
  • Howard White, Miami University, 1943-47
  • Harold Zink, DePauw University, 1948
  • Llewellyn Pfankuchen, University of Wisconsin, 1949
  • Harold M. Door, University of Michigan, 1950
  • Charles M. Kneier, University of Illinois, 1951
  • Harold M. Vinacke, University of Cincinnati, 1952
  • Kirk H. Porter, State University of Iowa, 1953
  • Harry W. Voltmer, DePauw University, 1954
  • Asher Christensen, University of Minnesota, 1955
  • Edward H. Buehrig, Indiana University, 1955 (Acting President)
  • David Fellman, University of Wisconsin, 1956
  • Wilfred E. Binkley, Ohio Northern University, 1957
  • Clarence A. Berdahl, University of Illinois, 1958
  • Jasper B. Shannon, University of Nebraska, 1959
  • Amry Vandenbosch, University of Kentucky, 1960
  • Lloyd M. Short, University of Minnesota, 1961
  • Richard Spencer, Coe College, 1962
  • E. Allen Helms, Ohio State University, 1963
  • William O. Farber, University of South Dakota, 1964
  • John E. Stoner, Indiana University, 1965
  • Clara Penniman, University of Wisconsin, 1966
  • Vernon Van Dyke, University of Iowa, 1967
  • John D. Lewis, Oberlin College, 1968
  • Samuel J. Eldersveld, University of Michigan, 1969
  • Merle Kling, Washington University, 1970
  • John Wahlke, University of Iowa, 1971
  • Leon D. Epstein, University of Wisconsin, 1972
  • Doris A. Graber, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, 1973
  • Frank Sorauf, University of Minnesota, 1974
  • Charles Press, Michigan State University, 1975
  • Norton Long, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 1976
  • Samuel Krislov, University of Minnesota, 1977
  • Robert Salisbury, Washington University, 1978
  • John Kessel, Ohio State University, 1979
  • Malcolm E. Jewell, University of Kentucky, 1980
  • Samuel C. Patterson, University of Iowa, 1981
  • Dina Zinnes, University of Illinois, 1982
  • Jack Dennis, University of Wisconsin, 1983
  • Lucius Barker, Washington University, St. Louis, 1984
  • Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University, 1985
  • W. Phillips Shively, University of Minnesota, 1986
  • Ada W. Finifter, Michigan State University, 1987
  • John W. Kingdon, University of Michigan, 1988
  • William Crotty, Northwestern University, 1989
  • Richard Watson, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1990
  • Marjorie Randon Hershey, Indiana University, 1991
  • Charles O. Jones, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1992
  • Susan Welch, Penn State, 1993
  • Lee Sigelman, George Washington University, 1994
  • John Sprague, Washington University, 1995
  • James Stimson, University of Minnesota, 1996
  • Arlene Saxonhouse, University of Michigan, 1997
  • Harold Spaeth, Michigan State University, 1998
  • James L. Gibson, Washington University, 1999
  • Milton Lodge, SUNY-Stony Brook, 2000
  • Robert Huckfeldt, Indiana University, 2001
  • Herbert Weisberg, The Ohio State University, 2002
  • Lee Epstein, Washington University, 2003
  • Virginia Gray, University of North Carolina, 2004
  • John Aldrich, Duke University, 2005


  1. ^ "MPSA Conference". http://www.mpsanet.org/Conference/tabid/75/Default.aspx. Retrieved 2011–04–19. 

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