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Please submit your abstract now for PolNet 2020, being held at UMass Amherst May 28-30. Propose a paper, poster, or panel by Friday, Feb. 28th using the link provided in the original abstract submission call copied below and also at the conference website:


We look forward to seeing you in the Pioneer Valley in a few months!


Justin Gross
Kevin Young
Meredith Rolfe
(PolNet 2020 Hosts)

On 1/22/20 3:22 PM, Justin H. Gross wrote:

Dear Colleagues,

The Thirteenth Annual Political Networks (“PolNet”) Conference and Workshops will be held May 28th-30th 2020 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Program Chairs and Host Committee are pleased to invite proposal submissions.

We seek proposals for individual papers, posters, or organized panels that engage in rigorous theoretical and/or empirical research on the application of networks to politics and policy. 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, communications, psychology, public policy, and computer science. Methodological approaches may include, but are not limited to, statistical studies, laboratory and field experiments, ethnography, formal models, and computer simulations. Topics presented at past conferences include investigations of individual political behavior; interactions of individuals with traditional and online media; activist participation in interest groups, social movements, and political parties; interest group and corporate relationships with government agencies and officials; relationships within and among local, state, and federal government agencies; legislator communications and alliance formation; the political implications of international trade flows; ethnic cooperation and conflict; international alliances, organizations, and conflict; and a wide range of other political topics. The PolNet conference has played a key role in stimulating research and developing our field, increasing the role of network data and concepts in the study of politics and policy. 

To submit an individual paper or poster proposal, or to submit an organized panel, please use this link:  https://umassamherst.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8kw2CbMJy9HpUSF

For full consideration, proposals must be submitted by February 28, 2020. 
Decisions regarding proposals will be announced by March 23, 2020. 

The learning workshops will be held the full day of May 28th, with several intermediate and advanced workshop sessions to choose from that day. There will also be an ‘absolute beginners’ workshop held through the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) the day before, on May 27th, for those that are interested. Do mark your calendars, and we look forward to seeing you!


Yours Sincerely,


University of Massachusetts Amherst Host Committee

Justin Gross [log in to unmask]

Kevin L Young [log in to unmask]

Meredith Rolfe [log in to unmask]


Program Co-Chairs

Rebecca Blum, Miami University of Ohio [log in to unmask]

Olga Chyzh, Iowa State University [log in to unmask]

Justin H. Gross
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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