PSA Conference

PSA Conference

  • Amir Abedi introduces the 2015 Sandison Memorial speaker

Every year in May, the Political Science Association sponsors the annual Political Science Conference and the Sandison Memorial Lecture.  The event is an opportunity for students and faculty to join together to discuss current issues in political science across the fields of public policy, political theory, international relations and American and comparative politics.  Students have the opportunity to present and discuss research papers they have completed in the course of their studies in Political Science.


22nd Annual PSA Conference and Sandison Lecture

The 2015 PSA Conference was held on May 5, 2015.  Over the course of the day, six panels featured student presenters and faculty discussants.  The Gordon Sandison Memorial Lecture, "Wither Anarchy? Decolonization, Bodies, and Constitutional Orders Otherwise" was given by Anna Agathangelou, Associate Professor of Political Science at York University and a Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  To see a full schedule of events for the 2015 PSA Conference please click here for a copy of the program.  For more details about the Sandison Memorial Lecture click here.


Hoover Prize

The Hoover Prize is awarded to one of the student presenters who participated in the PSA Conference. This will be determined within a week or two of the conference by the Political Science faculty. The Hoover Prize is $250 and is to be used toward your education.  Congratulations to Asher Wycoff, Recipient of the 2015 Hoover Prize!



Questions about the PSA conference and Sandison Memorial Lecture should be directed to the conference organizers: Professor Vernon Johnson (, Professor Vicki Hsueh ( and Professor Debra Salazar ( You are welcome stop by the Political Science Office with questions as well.


Past PSA Conference Brochures

2014 PSA Conference Program 

2014 Sandison Flyer

2013 PSA Conference Program
2013 Sandison Flyer


2012 PSA Conference Program
2012 Sandison Flyer