American Politics Group Conference 2020

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American Politics Group Conference 2020

3-5 January 2020, University of Kent

The 46th annual conference of the American Politics Group of the UK Political Studies Association will be hosted by the University of Kent in the United Kingdom from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January 2020.

The APG is happy to receive proposals on any aspect of American politics. For example, papers or panel proposals examining contemporary US political institutions or processes, foreign policy issues or political history are invited. The conference organizers would also welcome papers addressing comparative themes or relevant theoretical or methodological issues.

Past conferences have had a strong postgraduate presence and we especially encourage young scholars to present their work.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a title and abstract to Dr Andrew Wroe at by 1st November 2019. Proposals should be around 150 words for single papers and 300 words for panels.

Academics and PhD students are welcome to attend the conference as well as anyone with a professional interest in US politics (journalists, think-tank researchers, A-level teachers etc). Registration is necessary for those wishing to attend the conference. The deadline for registration to attend the conference is 12pm (UK time) on Monday 16 December 2019.

This year’s John Lees Memorial keynote lecturer is Dr Brian Klaas, Assistant Professor at University College London, Washington Post columnist and frequent commentator on US politics on American TV. The keynote lecture on Friday 3 January 2020 at 6-7.30pm (tbc) is free to attend and open to all (academics, students and the general public). If you would like to attend the keynote lecture then please e-mail Dr Andrew Wroe by 12pm (UK time) on Monday 16 December 2019.

While the University of Kent is hosting the conference, the conference venue and accommodation is in Canterbury Cathedral Lodge in the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of this ancient city.

The School of Politics and International Relations, is one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic places to study Politics and International Relations. We combine high quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment that welcomes students from all over the world to undertake our undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes. We have experts in all of the main areas of the discipline of Politics including: Comparative Politics, European Studies, International Relations, Political Theory, International Political Economy, Human Rights and Public Policy. We pride ourselves on our global outlook which is reflected in the wide range of international partnerships and the fact that we have a Specialist Postgraduate Centre in Brussels.

The APG is the leading scholarly association for the study of US politics in the UK and also has members in continental Europe and the USA.

Or direct any enquiries should be directed to the conference organiser and APG chair:
Dr Andrew Wroe
School of Politic and International Relations
University of Kent
Canterbury, CT2 7NX
United Kingdom
T: (0044) 01227 823586