Renewing my MPSA membership

Today seemed like a good day to renew my Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) membership. Over the last decade I have elected to present papers at the MPSA annual conference. That conference occurs at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. Renewing my membership today helped provide me with a reminder that now would be the time to start writing a new academic article for submission. Writing academic articles is always an interesting part of my year. For the most part, the process involves keeping 3 open articles at any one time. Imagine either 3 actual folders on my desk or 3 digital folders on my desktop. Throughout the year I strive toward completing each of the three articles. Sometimes I ended up focusing on something new and pushing it from start to finish. Most of the time I have ended up tinkering with an articles over the course of several months.

MPSA Renewal

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.

2014 MPSA Conference Paper Submitted

Task complete. I just submitted my paper for the 2014 Midwest Political Science Association annual conference.

Lindahl, N., & Armenta, J. (2014). “Modeling political campaign contact performance.” Midwest Political Science Association 72nd Annual Conference, Conference Paper, Chicago, Illinois.

Please feel free to provide any type of feedback on the paper you wish to provide. This paper needs a few rounds of revisions before it is ready for journal submission. I’m looking forward to receiving feedback at the conference this year. Good feedback is priceless.

2014 MPSA Conference Papers Accepted

This year I could not wait for the conference paper acceptance confirmation email from the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA). Every year the MPSA conference is held at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago, Illinois. This year I have been logging into the paper submission system and checking that status of my papers every week. Today when I logged into the paper submissions system I celebrated. This year could be epic. 2 papers, 1 panel chair, and opening day at Wrigley field.

Accepted Paper: Lindahl, N. (2014). “Network analysis of social media engagement and linkages within e-government implementations using automated data mining techniques: A study of MSA top 50 local governments.” Midwest Political Science Association 72nd Annual Conference, Conference Paper, Chicago, Illinois.

Accepted Paper: Lindahl, N., & Armenta, J. (2014). “Modeling political campaign contact performance.” Midwest Political Science Association 72nd Annual Conference, Conference Paper, Chicago, Illinois.

Wrigley Field opened in 1914. That means that opening day for the 2014 season will mark 100 years of operations.

Nels Lindahl and Andy at Wrigley
Nels Lindahl and Andy at Wrigley

2013 ASPA Paper Acceptance

Conference season should be interesting this year. I can still remember attending my first public administration conference.[1] I received word that one of my papers was accepted by the American Society for Public Administration conference committee this year. It looks like I will be taking my first trip to New Orleans:

“We’re writing regarding your conference proposal for the American Society for Public Administration’s 74th Annual Conference, which will take place March 15-19, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. We received many excellent submissions, which were carefully evaluated by the program Track Reviewers. Based on this assessment, we are pleased to inform you that your proposal, Building data mining tools to track local government social media events: A study of IGR during the Waldo Canyon Fire has been accepted for the conference program. You have been selected to share your knowledge and experience with your peers by leading an Ask an Expert Discussion Circle. Ask an Expert Discussion Circles provides a unique opportunity where authors can discuss their paper and related issues in a small group setting.”

2013 ASPA Conference Paper Summary:

Accepted Paper: Lindahl, N. (2013). “Building data mining tools to track local government social media events: A study of IGR during the Waldo Canyon Fire.” American Society for Public Administration 74th Annual Conference, Conference Paper, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Accepted Presentation: Lindahl, N. (2013, March).  “Building data mining tools to track local government social media events: A study of IGR during the Waldo Canyon Fire.” Ask an Expert Discussion Circle (Roundtable) presented at the American Society for Public Administration 74th Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, March 15-10.

Rejected Paper: Lindahl, N., & Armenta, J. (2013). “The philosophy behind the activity, utilization, and performance (AUP) model.” American Society for Public Administration 74th Annual Conference, Proposed Paper, New Orleans, Louisiana.



[1] 66th Annual ASPA conference April 2-5, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Notes)

Waldo Canyon Fire Panoramic Image
Waldo Canyon Fire Panoramic Image