Association for Politics and the Life Sciences

Annual Conference

35th Meeting:
April 4, 2018
Chicago, IL, USA
(immediately preceding the 2018 Midwest Political Science Association Meeting)

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Individual paper presentation, panel, and roundtable proposals are welcome on any topic that pertains to the following broad categories: new directions in politics and the life sciences, biobehavior, life science policies (e.g., health policy, genetically modified foods, stem cell research), neurobiology and politics, bioethics, bioterrorism, environmental policy and communication (e.g., media coverage and public opinion about climate change), genetics and politics, biotechnology, and other biopolitical topics. 

Multiple types of presentations welcome including original research, updates on existing research, research designs, and replication studies.

TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS: The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, February 25, 2018. Papers submitted early will receive early notice of acceptance.

For paper presentations, please send in the body of an email to Gregg Murray ( an abstract not to exceed 200 words that includes: the title of your presentation, your name and title, and your institutional affiliation.

For research panels and roundtables, please send in the body of an email to Gregg Murray ( a description not to exceed 200 words of the proposed panel or roundtable that includes the panel title, your name as organizer, your affiliation, and contact information for all other panel and roundtable participants. All panel members should submit abstracts for their individual papers and also indicate their panel affiliation.




DePaul University
DePaul Center, 11th Floor
1 East Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604 USA  

TRAVEL & LODGING: To be arranged individually.  


Professionals: $85 (includes 1-year individual online subscription to Politics and the Life Sciences)

Students: $50 (for students registered full time in a graduate program) 



Up to four $250 travel grants are available to graduate students. To be eligible, the student must be registered full time in a graduate program and present an empirically based paper at the conference. Please contact Gregg Murray at for more information.

Previous Conferences

34th Annual Meeting (2017) 
DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA
April 5, 2017

Keynote: Kevin Smith, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln: "In Your Face: Emotional Expressivity as a Predictor of Ideology"

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33rd Annual Meeting (2015) 
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
October 23-24, 2015

Opening Keynote: 
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D.
, University of Pennsylvania: "Sidestepping Rhetorical Quicksand in Debates in the Life Sciences"

Closing Keynote: 
Dietram Scheufele, Ph.D.
, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "(New) Public Interfaces in the Life Sciences"

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32nd Annual Meeting (2014) 
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
October 17-18, 2014

Keynote: Gregory S. Berns, M.D., Ph.D., Emory University: "Neuroimaging of Sacred Values"

Virtually attend through participants' social media conversations.

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31st Annual Meeting (2013) 
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
October 25-26, 2013

Keynote: Gad Sad, Ph.D., Concordia University (Montreal, CAN): "The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature"

Virtually attend through participants' social media conversations.

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30th Annual Meeting (2011)
Garfield Suites Hotel, Cincinnati, OH 
October 13-15, 2011 

Keynote: Mark van Vugt, Ph.D., VU University (Amsterdam, NL): "An Evolutionary Theory of Leadership"

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29th Annual Meeting (2010)  
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 
October 14-16, 2010

Keynote: Elinor Ostrom, Ph.D., Indiana University: "A Polycentric Approach to Climate Change"

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27th Annual Meeting (2007) 

Garfield Suites Hotel, Cincinnati, OH 
October 11-13, 2007 

Keynote: Owen D. Jones, J.D., Vanderbilt University: "Evolution, Primates, Neurons, and Law"

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26th Annual Meeting (2006) 
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 
October 25-26, 2006

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25th Annual Meeting (2005) 

The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC 
August 31 - September 4, 2005

Keynote: Napoleon Chagnon, Ph.D., University of California – Santa Barbara:  "Warfare Among the Yanomano"

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24th Annual Meeting (2004) 
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL 
Sept 2-5, 2004

Keynote: Gary Marcus, Ph.D., New York University: "Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Create the Complexities of Human Thought"

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