Welcome to the web home of the North Carolina Political Science Association. Our Mission is to provide a forum for developing and learning about political science and all its sub-fields. To achieve this mission, we:

  • Sponsor an annual statewide conference held each Spring;
  • Distribute a newsletter annually (in the spring);
  • Coordinate contacts at all North Carolina institutions of higher learning.

Download the Spring 2014 Newsletter


The North Carolina Political Science Association invites submissions for its 44th annual conference in Charlotte NC on Feb. 27, 2015. The conference will be held in UNC Charlotte's new Center City location. We invite submissions for paper proposals, panels, and roundtable discussions in North Carolina/southern politics and policy, American politics, state politics, international politics, comparative politics, political theory, methodology, public administration or public policy.

Those interested in presenting research at the conference should submit a proposal via this link: You will be asked to include a title and an abstract of the proposed presentation. If you propose a panel or roundtable, please be ready to include the names and email addresses of all the proposed participants. For those who wish to serve as a chair and/or discussant, the submission will ask that you include a short biographical statement explaining your area(s) of expertise.

The NCPSA especially welcomes submissions from graduate students and promising undergraduate students. The NCPSA conference offers an ideal forum for students to gain experience presenting their research to an inviting audience with quality discussants. North Carolina universities will also use the conference as a recruitment event for graduate programs. In addition, starting this year, NCPSA will begin offering a new prize: the Fidelity Investments Best Graduate Student Paper Award. The graduate student who presents the top paper at the 2015 conference will receive a $200 award, which the NCPSA will present at the following year's 2016 conference. Undergraduates will continue to be eligible for the existing Troutman-Rainey Award ($200).

The Conference Registration fee will be $35 for faculty and $15 for students (those who are at universities which are institutional members for 2015 will receive a discount). You will receive more information if your paper is accepted.

The deadline for submission will be December 15, 2014.