Since 2018, Yoshiko Herrera, Cara Wong, and I have organized a working group at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA). Our goal has been to bring scholars of identity from across the sub-fields of political science -- American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory -- into conversation with one another.

Each year, we solicit self-nominations for paper presentations and organize these into panels that include faculty and graduate students, as well as perspectives from different subfields. We also host a luncheon and cocktail hour for participants.

See below for the agendas from each of our previous meetings.

MPSA 2021

Panel 1: Identity and Discrimination

Saturday, April 17 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT


Chair: Yoshiko Herrera (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


How Inter-Group Contact Can Change Policy Views

Jamie N. Druckman (Northwestern University)

Elizabeth A. Sharrow (University of Massachusetts-Amherst
)


“Desegregating Digital Spaces: A Facebook Field Experiment in Jerusalem”

Alexandra Scacco (WZB Berlin)

Alexandra Siegel (University of Colorado Boulder
)

Chagai M. Weiss (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Causal Effect of Intergroup Contact on Avoidant Behavior

Joshua Corona (Northwestern University)


Positivity Breeds Positivity: Cross-National and Panel Survey Evidence that Positive In-Party Affective Evaluations Predict Positive Out-Party Affective Evaluations

Noam Gidron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

James Adams (University of California-Davis)

Will Horne (Princeton University)

Yair Amitai (Hebrew University of Jerusalem
)


Discussants: Karen Ferree (University of California-San Diego
) and Christopher Federico (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)


Panel 2: National Belonging

Saturday, April 17 10:40 AM - 12:10 PM CDT


Chair: Jamie N. Druckman (Northwestern University)


National Identity and Religiosity in Poland: Exploring the Roles of National Ingroup Satisfaction and Collective Narcissism

Christopher Federico (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)

Agnieszka Golec De Zavala (Goldsmith, University of London)


Dressing Like a State: Kurdistan Fashion Week, Civil Society, and the Construction of National Identity

Kimberly D. Tower (American University
)


Send Her Back: Ilhan Omar and the Exclusivity of National Knowledge Production

Bianca Sofia Rubalcava (University of California-Irvine)


Who Whites Think are White: How Religion and Country-of-Origin Determine Ethnoracial Assignment

Amanda Sahar d'Urso (Northwestern University)


Discussants: Randy Besco (University of Toronto) and Tabitha Bonilla (Northwestern University)


Bring-Your-Own Lunch and Small Group Discussion

Saturday, April 17 12:35 PM - 1:35 PM CDT


Panel 3: Identity and Behavior

Saturday, April 17 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT


Chair: Avital Livny (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Choice and Choice Set in Ethnic Voting

Karen Ferree (University of California-San Diego
)


Vying for Votes: How Group-based Appeals Change Voter Opinions

Tabitha Bonilla (Northwestern University)


Taking the Cloth: What Makes White Evangelicals Wear Masks

Claire L. Adida (University of California-San Diego)

Christina Cottiero (University of California-San Diego)

Leonardo Falabella (University of California-San Diego)

Isabel R Gotti (University of California-San Diego)

Syeda ShahBano Ijaz (University of California-San Diego)

Gregoire Phillips (University of California-San Diego)

Michael Seese (University of California-San Diego)


Discussants: Nejla Asimovic (New York University) and Avital Livny (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Panel 4: In-Group Variation

Saturday, April 17 3:40 PM - 5:10 PM CDT


Chair: Claire L. Adida (University of California-San Diego)


White Identity and Black Lives Matter: Amending and Defending Privilege in the Wake of the 2020 Uprising

Geneva Cole (University of Chicago)


The Work of Racism in Rural Consciousness

Katherine Cramer (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


How Do Political Attacks Affect Racial and Ethnic Self-identities?

Randy Besco (University of Toronto)

Sergio I. Garcia-Rios (Cornell University)

Nazita Lajevardi (Michigan State University)

Erin Tolley (Carleton University
)


Discussants: Hakeem J. Jefferson (Stanford University) and Noam Gidron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem
)

MPSA 2019

Light Breakfast and Coffee

Saturday, April 6 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM (TBA)


Panel 1: Identity and Discrimination

Saturday, April 7 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM (TBA)


Chair: Cara Wong (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


“Can Brief Intergroup Contact Affect Attitudes? A Natural Experiment in Israeli Medical Clinics”

Chagai Weiss (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“The Intersection of Racial and Partisan Discrimination: Evidence from a Correspondence Study of Four Year Colleges”

Richard Shafranek (Northwestern University)

Jamie Druckman (Northwestern University)


“How Nonnormative Gender and Sexuality Became a Threat to the State: Institutionalized Violence in Post-Colonial Africa”

Kaden Paulson-Smith (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“The Sunny Side of Essentialism: Race and Jazz in Contemporary Russia”

Yoshiko Herrera (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Sharon Clark (Independent Scholar)


Discussants: Jennifer Mitzen (The Ohio State University) and Cara Wong (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Panel 2: Identity and Intersectionality

Saturday, April 6 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (TBA)


Chair: Avital Livny (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


“Why Can't You All Just Get Along?: Effects of Political Conflict among Outgroups”

Jacob Rothschild (Northwestern University)


“Multilingualism and Attitudes Toward the Out-Group”

Yuan-Ning Chu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


“Who is a Patriot in the United States?”

Cara Wong (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


“Colonial Invention and Intra-Ethnic Inequality”

Noah L. Nathan (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)


Discussants: Avital Livny (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Katherine Cramer (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Lunch and Discussion

Saturday, April 6 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM (TBA)


Panel 3: Identity and Political Opinion

Saturday, April 6 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (TBA)


Chair: Noah Nathan (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)


“Social Identity, the Vietnam War, and Contemporary Political Divides”

Katherine Cramer (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt University)


“The Joint Impact of Shared Identities and Shared Values on the Perception of Political Candidates”

Adam Howat (Northwestern University)


“A Constructivist Theory of Place-Based Identities”

Charles Harpole (The Ohio State University)


“Assessing the Impact of Rural Consciousness on Political Behavior”

Geoffrey Sheagley (University of Georgia)

Christina Farhart (Carleton College)


Discussants: Noah Nathan (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) and Bernard Fraga (Indiana University-Bloomington)


Panel 4: Identity and Security

Saturday, April 6 4:45 PM - 6:15 PM (TBA)


Chair: Yoshiko Herrera (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“All Security is Ontological”

Jennifer Mitzen (The Ohio State University)

Catarina Kinnvall (Lund University)


Humiliation and International Conflict

Michael Masterson (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“The Persistence of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: The Role of Norms and State Identity”

Jacques EC Hymans (University of South Carolina)

Steven Wilson (University of Nevada-Reno)

Yoshiko Herrera (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Discussants: Yoshiko Herrera (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Avital Livny (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


Closing Reception

Saturday, April 6 6:15 PM - 7:00 PM (Palmer House Lobby Bar)

MPSA 2018

Light Breakfast and Coffee

Saturday, April 7 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM (TBA)


Panel 1: Elites and the Construction of Identity

Saturday, April 7 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (TBA)


Chair: Yoshiko Herrera (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“Identity and Interest Group Politics: The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund”

Benjamin Marquez (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“Political Protesting, Race, and College Athletics: Why Diversity Among Coaches Matters”

Jamie Druckman (Northwestern University)

Adam Howat (Northwestern University)

Jacob Rothschild (Northwestern University)


“The Political Logic of Cultural Revivalsa”

Amanda Robinson (The Ohio State University)


“How States Make Cleavages: Evidence from Prussi”

Maayan Mo (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Discussants: Christopher Federico (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) and Yoshiko Herrera (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Panel 2: Identity, Interactions, and Attitudes


Saturday, April 7 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM (TBA)


Chair: Cara Wong (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


“I Hear You Loud and Clear -- And That’s the Problem”

Ethan Busby (Northwestern University)


“Casualties of the Culture Wars: Lifestyle Differences Between Democrats and Republicans”

Joshua Boston (Washington University in St Louis)

Jonathan Homola (Washington University in St Louis)

Michelle Torres (Washington University in St Louis)

Patrick Tucker (Washington University in St Louis)

Betsy Sinclair (Washington University in St Louis)


“An Experiment on Inequality and Social Comparisons”

Rebecca Morton (New York University)

Kai Ou (Florida State University)

Maggie Penn (University of Chicago)


“How Identity Aligns Preferences With Epistemic Needs”

Christopher Federico (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)


Discussants: Noah Nathan (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) and Cara Wong (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Lunch and Discussion

Saturday, April 6 11:35 AM - 1:00 PM (TBA)


Panel 3: Identity & Intergroup Relations

Saturday, April 7 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM (TBA)


Chair: Avital Livny (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


“How Social Elites and Social Peers Moderate Social Learning”

Christopher Grady (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Jake Bowers (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


“Perceived Skin Tone Differences and Anti-Immigrant Attitudes”

Kirill Zhirkov (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)


“Integrating Immigrants & Minorities: Cultural Homogenization Campaigns and National Identity”

Leyla Tosun (The Ohio State University)


“Non-political Advertisements, Political Repercussions? The Effects of Ethnic Cues on Attitudes Toward Immigration”

Rebeca Agosto Rosa (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


Discussants: Benjamin Marquez (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Avital Livny (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Panel 4: Identity and the State

Saturday, April 7 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (TBA)


Chair: Maggie Penn (University of Chicago)


“What Drives Political Actors to Restrict the Rights of Marginalized Groups? Contemporary Evidence from Tanzania”

Kaden Paulson-Smith (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“Under Coyote's Mask: The Lakota Sioux, Federal Indian Law, and NODAPL”

Danielle Delaney (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“National Humiliation Narratives: Origins and Political Success”

Michael Masterson (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“Institutionalized Resentment: Structural Rural Inequality and the Fantasy of an Appalachian ‘Silicon Hollow’”

Charles Harpole (The Ohio State University)


Discussants: Katherine Crame (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Amanda Robinson (The Ohio State University)


Closing Reception

Saturday, April 7 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM