Program & Submissions


CNPS is pleased to announce the preliminary program for the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Caucus for a New (Critical) Political Science. The following version was updated on December 1, 2021:

As the conference is now only months away, here are a few helpful reminders:

  1. You will see several “TBD” in the program for chairs and discussants. If you are willing to serve as a chair/discussant for any of the panels, please let me know as soon as possible.
  2. The conference registration fee is $175 due by January 15, 2022 (for all panelists). The Plenary Dinner and Keynote Address are included in the Registration Fee. However, there is an additional charge of $50.00 for each guest you bring to the dinner. The late registration fee (after January 15, 2022) is $225. Please see the “Submissions” section below for instructions on how to pay the registration fee. We are pleased that this year we are offering PayPal as an electronic payment option.
  3. You are responsible for making your own hotel arrangements directly with the Isla Grand Beach Resort ( The hotel rate will be available the night before the first day of the conference (Saturday) if you wish to arrive early. Be forewarned that spring break begins the day after our conference ends.
  4. The CNPS Conference is scheduled as a fully face-to-face event. We may establish a “proof of vaccination” requirement as a condition for attending the conference, but no decision on this matter has been made at this time. We will monitor the situation and make decisions to ensure everyone’s safety as necessary. However, at this time, the entire population of Cameron County (site of the conference) is 78.8% fully vaccinated with ongoing efforts to increase that number with daily vaccination clinics throughout the county. The management and desk staff at the Isla Grand Hotel are 100% fully vaccinated at this time. In addition, daily new cases in Cameron County have decreased significantly over the last two weeks and trends look favorable at the present time. You can monitor the local situation at this website:

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


Submissions (now closed)

Deadline for Paper & Panel Submissions: July 30, 2021 (extended to August 15, 2021)

Notification of Acceptance: August 31, 2021

To Submit a Proposal for a Paper or Panel Send to:

Please include the following in your paper or panel proposal*:                                           

  1. Name of Proposer, Title, Affiliation, and Contact Information (mailing address, email address, and telephone number)
  2. Title of Paper and 150-word Abstract

*For full panel proposals, please submit ONE proposal with required information for all papers.

All panels will be 2 hours in length and limited to no more than 3 papers (25 minutes each) and 1 discussant (15 minutes) to ensure that participants have adequate time to present their papers and that discussants and the audience have sufficient time to discuss the papers. The CNPS Conference has an established record of stimulating authentic intellectual discussion because of its extended format, rather than the 5 minute “line on the CV” type of conferences.

Registration Fee:  $175 due by January 15, 2022 (for all panelists). NOTE: Keynote Address and Registration are included in the Registration Fee. Additional guests are $50.00 each.

​Late Registration Fee:  ​$225 (payable up to day of conference).

Dues can be paid via PayPal (see below).


You can use this PayPal interface to pay for your conference dues electronically.


Alternatively, Personal Checks and Money Orders made out to “Caucus for a New Political Science” or Cash (at conference only) are also acceptable. Please mail Checks or Money Orders to:

Caucus for a New Political Science
ATTN: William Sokoloff, Treasurer
Department of Political Science
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539

Registration fee is waived for all graduate and undergraduate students upon presentation of a valid student I.D. from any institution of higher education. Registration fee is also waived for all journalists and media representatives reporting on the conference. Please send a photocopy of your student I.D. or press credentials in advance if possible.

Malcolm X