Call for Abstracts: Policy History Conference at Arizona State University

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Call for Abstracts: Policy History Conference at Arizona State University


The Center for American Studies at Arizona State University and the Journal of Policy History, invite proposals for research to be presented at a two-day conference, February 2-3, 2024, titled “Policy History Studies: The State and Future of the Field.”

The conference will include roughly 40 presentations by early-career scholars in history, public policy, political science, and related disciplines. Participants will receive critical feedback from senior scholars and other participants.

Complementary meals and receptions will allow all scholars to communicate further and establish or strengthen professional connections. Lodging at the Tempe Mission Palms resort (up to two nights) will also be provided for all conference participants.

Professor Richard Bensel of Cornell University and Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier of Ohio State University are confirmed to deliver plenary talks.

The conference will be held in person at the Tempe Mission Palms resort. The Center for American Institutions will cover all meals and lodging for presenters and discussants. Local transportation (between the airport and resort) will be provided. Participants are responsible for airfare or ground transportation to Phoenix. There is no conference fee.


The organizers invite early-career or pre-tenure scholars, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, to submit abstracts (up to 500 words) for inclusion in the conference program. Scholars may present research papers, chapters, or book proposals.

They also invite tenured faculty members to serve as discussants.

Submission Instructions

Early-career or pre-tenure scholars, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows may submit abstracts via this Google form (click here for form) by September 1, 2023.

Tenured faculty members who wish serve as discussants may submit their requests via the same Google form (click here for form).

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The deadline for submission is September 15, 2023.



About the Conference

Every two years, the Journal of Policy History and the Institute for Political History sponsor a conference on policy history. Since the first Policy History Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri, the primary goal behind the conference has been to provide an interdisciplinary forum for presentations and roundtable discussions on policy history topics and recent policy history research. The biennial conferences bring together academy scholars, independent scholars and graduate students to share their research. Many of the papers presented eventually appear in academic journals and other publications.

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