2022 Virtual Dissertation Workshop: State Politics and Policy Dissertation Workshop

State Politics and Policy

DEADLINE Extended: June 8, 2022 | Apply here!

This virtual dissertation workshop will provide an opportunity for PhD candidates studying State Politics and Policy to present a chapter from their dissertation, receive feedback and faculty coaching, and connect with peers conducting research on similar issues.


This virtual dissertation workshop will focus on providing both faculty and peer feedback to doctoral candidates pursuing their doctorate with a focus on politics and/or policy in the American states. Graduate students in the dissertation phase may apply. The topical focus can span the breadth of the subfield of state politics and policy. We are particularly interested in supporting scholars who are examining issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the states and those who are themselves from groups underrepresented in the discipline of political science. Dissertations from any epistemological approach are acceptable. The goal of the workshop is to offer doctoral candidates a space to workshop their ideas with faculty active in the subfield and to begin building an academic network. Doctoral candidates should choose a single chapter from their dissertation to workshop.

The workshop will consist of two scheduled roundtable discussions on each chapter with feedback from the faculty leaders and fellow candidates. We will leverage the resources in Zoom for holding both large- and small-group discussions. Candidates will be expected to offer quality feedback to their peers so chapters will be expected in advance to give everyone time to come prepared and create the best possible workshop environment. The program will span three weeks. During the first week students will present their work and receive feedback. They will then have roughly one week to work on their chapter before presenting updated work during the third. The state politics section has a strong community, and thus members will be invited to attend the second week sessions to see the work from these emerging scholars and to provide their own feedback. Sessions will be held between 11 am and 3pm EST to accommodate researchers in different time zones.

A summary of the schedule is as follows:

Week 1 (July 18-22) Group presentations and one-on-one sessions with faculty co-leaders.
Please Note: Chapters will be due on June 6 for participants to review before the workshop begins.
Week 2 (July 25-29) Independent writing & revising week
Week 3 (August 1-2) Group presentations, feedback, and debrief session, with optional one-on-one sessions with faculty co-leaders.

Please Note: The exact days of the week and times will be determined once the participants have been selected to best accommodate the time zones represented.

More information about APSA’s Dissertation Workshops can be found here.