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CFP: POLNET XIV, June 14--July 23, 2021

Monday, April 5, 2021

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The deadline for proposals to present at The Fourteenth Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops, extended virtual format, June 14th--July 23rd, 2021, is one week from today! Submit here: Submission Form


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.


Please plan to attend the conference and preceding workshops in Summer 2021! And watch the conference website, 

and Twitter (@PolNetworks or @brucedesmarais) for further information about the workshops and conference.


Pennsylvania State University Host:

Bruce A. Desmarais, Pennsylvania State University,

Workshop Schedule: 

Katherine (Katya) Ognyanova, "Advanced network visualization with R," 6/15, 1-4pm EST

Ted Hsuan Yun Chen, "Introduction to Exponential Random Graph Models," 6/16, 1-4pm EST

Sarah Shugars, "Methods at the intersection of network and text analysis," 6/17, 1-4pm EST

Shahryar Minhas, "Introduction to latent factor models for networks," 6/18, 1-4pm EST


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