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

2013 MPSA Paper Acceptance

Hurricane Sandy delayed the conference paper acceptances this year. I recently received an email that stated, “The 2013 MPSA Program Committee has accepted your offer to serve on the session E-Government at the State and Local Level for the MPSA section 39 Information Technology and Politics at the 2013 MPSA National Conference.” Andy from Chicago has been notified. I’m hopeful that this year’s trip to the windy city will be as epic as my trip last year.

Rejected Paper: Lindahl, N., & Armenta, J.  (2013). “Modeling campaign contact center performance: The AUP model.” Midwest Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference, Proposed Paper, Chicago, Illinois.

Accepted Paper: Lindahl, N. (2013). “Network analysis of social media engagement and linkages within e-government implementations using automated data mining techniques: A study of local government social media linkages.” Midwest Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

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

2013 MPSA Paper Submissions

The call for proposals issued by the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) for the 71st MPSA Conference has been answered. I’m sure you heard me ring the gong earlier this morning after submitting two abstracts. The conference is always hosted by the good people of Chicago.

Lindahl, N., & Armenta, J.  (2013). “Modeling campaign contact center performance: The AUP model.” Midwest Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference, Proposed Paper, Chicago, Illinois.

Lindahl, N. (2013). “Network analysis of social media engagement and linkages within e-government implementations using automated data mining techniques: A study of local government social media linkages.” Midwest Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference, Proposed Paper, Chicago, Illinois.

2012 MPSA Conference in Chicago Trip Recap

Here are my final thoughts on my first trip to Chicago. Pretty much all prose generation and consumption is going digital… electronic devices are everywhere and are not going away. Maybe you are wondering, “What did I do in Chicago?” Well my answer involves two parts. First, a short recap of my trip; I attended the MPSA conference, presented a conference paper, chaired a conference panel, enjoyed the PNC club at a Cubs game, ate at Hot Doug’s, dined at The Gage, attended a show at The Second City, and spent some time wondering around C2E2. Second, I will provide an indulgently rambling reverse chronological description of events… speaking of which my self-reflective journey is about to start with a reverse chronological accounting of some of the memorable events.

Andy was kind enough to drive me to the airport this morning. The Zip Company rented Andy a very nice BMW 325i sedan. With a cabby hat in hand Andy was a splendid driver. Andy was missing driving gloves and a sweet sign that read, “Dr. Lindahl.” Let me say, “I’m pretty sure that the 71st annual MPSA conference in Chicago will warrant a return trip to the windy city.” I can definitely add the MPSA conference to my yearly conference attendance plan. In general, as an academic I want to attend three conferences per year. My goal is very simple and straightforward. Conferences have deadlines and deadlines force writers to produce. More or less the requirement to produce three academic papers a year keeps me working on projects year-round. The BMW 325i is a pretty fantastic automobile. Maybe after growing up I will be able to afford a sweet sweet BMW.

Saturday night concluded at a wine bar somewhere within walking distance of The Second City Theater. At the very end of the night a massive rainstorm nearly flooded the streets of Chicago. Even the cab driver seemed a little nervous about the sheer volume of water on the roads. The 100th review show at The Second City Theater was pretty engaging; however, the second half of the show was extremely superior to the first half in terms of content and originality. I’ll write a much longer review of The Second City later when I have more time. My flight boards in about forty minutes and I still have several days of traveling to recap. Anyway, I digress… Andy and I spent the better part of Saturday at the C2E2 event at the McCormick Center. While I never actually got to taunt Val Kilmer I did run into John Wigner which was fairly entertaining (Remember to insert the photo of John with the Wolverine claws). John may or may not have challenged Andy to a BBQ throw down of herculean proportions.

Before going to C2E2 Andy and I hit up the legendary (if not epic) Hot Doug’s. I had never had a Chicago style hotdog before eating at Hot Doug’s. Even though the proprietor would not deep fry a corn dog in duck fat for Andy all was not lost. The grilled Chicago style hotdog was epic. I enjoy the fries and Andy even ran into an old high school friend. Andy’s friends naturally enjoyed my suit and tie. Did I mention that I suited up the entire trip? No. Well; I had pretty much taken for granted that by this point in the story that being legendary was assumed.  I was pretty much the only person who rocked Hot Doug’s, C2E2, The Second City, and a wine bar in a suit.

Friday turned out to be a pretty relaxed day. Andy, Colleen, and I hit up a restaurant called The Gage via a reservation and recommendation from Open Table. Reviewers on the internet extolled the virtues of the single malt scotch menu that The Gage thoughtfully provides to patrons interested in Scottish libations. Earlier that day I chaired a panel on digital government at the 70th annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) conference at the Palmer House Hilton hotel. The day started off and concluded well. I started the day with a redeye from Starbucks and finished with a drink imported from Scotland.

Day games at Wrigley Field can be epic. On Thursday, Andy scored PNC club tickets at Wrigley Field to watch the Milwaukee Brewers play the Chicago Cubs. The PNC club is a suite level experience at Wrigley that literally has caused people to spontaneously scream, “Legend wait for it (still waiting for it) dary…”  I plan on visiting the PNC club at some point next year during the 71st annual MPSA conference. Before heading out to Wrigley field I presented a paper on E-Feedback. The presentation was epic.

2012 MPSA Conference in Chicago Day 3 Notes – Panel Chair Day

The MPSA conference book is gigantic and rather difficult to plan from. For the most part, I had to look for academic names I knew and track panels by author instead of by subject. Just by chance, I went to the price room a couple hours before the panel I chaired. For the most part, I enjoyed listening to some very theoretical discussions of specific authors who have made contributions to modern political thought. Initially, I caught the tail end of a presentation by Luke Philip Plotica. Luke’s paced and deliberate style reminded me of what it was like to listen to an accomplished high school or college debater competing at a high level. The discussant for the panel focused in like a laser proper citation when discussing relationships between theorists.

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