By Mario Guerrero
Very rarely do the stars align and we get conferences back-to-back in the same city. This past weekend, political scientists around the world converged on San Francisco to discuss their latest research, network, and you know… sweat.
Thank you to our conference community and the city of Vancouver, BC for a successful #WPSA17! Below is a list of those scholars who won an award at the 2017 conference for their exceptional 2016 conference papers. If you would like to submit a paper from WPSA17 to be awarded at next year’s conference in San Francisco, please see the information toward the bottom of this post.
By Eric C. Vorst
The 2016 American Political Science Association annual meeting in Philadelphia was a great place to highlight new research, to learn from our peers, and to make new professional connections. It also provided an exciting opportunity to gain new insight into how networks of discussion evolve in real time over the duration of a major academic conference. Data mining software, content analysis, and social network visualization tools were used to observe how communities of discussion evolved as the conference unfolded, to identify the emergence of key themes, and to map the extent to which these themes reached different communities within the network. Ultimately, this project helps to provide a unique insight into what political scientists talk about during a political science convention.
by Julia Azari*
As I contemplate how to write up a conference where thousands of blazer-clad political scientists carrying $6 cups of coffee stepped over homeless drug addicts in order to attend a conference called Diversities Reconsidered, it occurs to me that I could probably just end the post there.**