Throughout the course of the last decade I have joined a number of scholarly groups. Sometimes they call themselves societies or associations. Sometimes it has been a rewarding experience. You really get out what you put into a scholarly society or association. That is true about a lot of things.
Andy from Kansas City became Andy from Chicago some years back. The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) holds their annual conference at the Palmer House Hilton (Chicago, Illinois). I figured it would be a good idea to start writing a paper for the annual MPSA conference. That was what trigged my action to join the MPSA.
Somewhere along the process of changing jobs last year, I missed the paper submissions deadline this year. Today I will be renewing my membership for the next two years. That means that today I’ll start writing a paper for next year.