• [05/23/1013] Follow the conference on Twitter at #sppc2013. 
  • [05/23/2013] The reception tonight includes BBQ sliders, falafal, and local beer.
  • [05/23/2013] The final updated program has been posted.
  • [05/10/2013] We have posted an updated preliminary program.
  • [04/26/2013] Decisions about graduate funding have been released. 
  • [04/03/2013] King rooms at the Sheraton are running low, but double queen rooms are still available. Make sure to specifically request the latter if kings are unavailable.
  • [03/04/2013] We have posted a preliminary program.
  • [02/20/2013] Registration is open until April 1 as is the reservation page to book a room at the conference rate. See the accommodations page for information.
  • [02/19/2013]  Decision notifications are all out with responses due by February 22. If you submitted something and have not heard from us, please get in touch. We plan to post a list of panels by March 1.
  • [01/23/2013] The proposal deadline has passed. We plan to announce program decisions by February 15 via email.
  • [12/10/2012] The call for proposals is out. Please see the application page for more information.
  • [08/30/2012] See our schedule for proposals, decisions, and the program below. 


The Department of Political Science and the University of Iowa are pleased to host the 13th Annual State Politics and Policy Meeting.


Recent iterations have been hosted at Rice University, University of Illinois Springfield, Dartmouth College, UNC Chapel Hill/Duke, and Temple University.

The 13th Annual State Politics and Policy Conference will be held May 23-25, 2013, on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Important Dates

Attendees should make their travel plans to arrive for an evening reception on Thursday, May 23 and depart late Saturday or Sunday, May 26. The program will include full days (8:30-5) on Friday and Saturday. Other dates of interest are below.

   December 10 Application process opens.
January 18 Application deadline.
February 15 Application decisions announced.
March 1 Program announced.
April 1 Registration closes.
April 23 Last date to book hotel reservation at block rates.

Travel, Accommodations, and Local Information

  • For information on getting to Iowa City, refer to Travel.
  • For information on lodging, refer to Accommodations.
  • For information on local restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and attractions, check out Iowa City Information.

Conferences Fees

There is no registration fee to attend SPPC 2013. We plan to continue the tradition of providing stipends to support travel by graduate student participants. Stay tuned for more information.


Current sponsors of the meeting include the Department of Political Science, the Public Policy Center, the Comparative Legislative Research Center, and the Office of the Provost at the University of Iowa and the State Politics and Policy Section of the APSA.


Please direct any questions you have about the conference or the website to Fred Boehmke.

Host Institution Organizing Committee

  • Frederick J Boehmke [frederick-boehmke@uiowa.edu];
  • Tracy Osborn [tracy-osborn@uiowa.edu];
  • Rene Rocha [rene-rocha@uiowa.edu];
  • Caroline Tolbert [caroline-tolbert@uiowa.edu].