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Legislative Studies Conference | June 4-5, 2020

The Carl Albert Congressional Research & Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma is pleased to announce a conference on Emerging Research in Legislative Studies to be hosted in Norman, Oklahoma on June 4-5, 2020.

About the Conference

This day-and-a-half conference is intended for early-career (ABD through untenured) scholars of U.S. legislatures. Each presenter will be paired with a senior scholar who will serve in a mentoring role as discussant, and all attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback as well.

Papers on any topic related to state legislative or congressional politics, including, but not limited to, institutional organization and procedure, elections, representation, parties, etc. are welcome. So please propose a paper and some names of potential senior scholars from whom you would like to receive feedback and with whom you would like to network. We will do our best to make that connection happen for accepted proposals!

Senior scholars are welcome to volunteer for service as mentors/discussants to the early-career scholars. If you are interested in doing so, please contact Chuck Finocchiaro at or (405) 325-6372.

The center will reimburse all accepted attendees (both early-career scholars and senior scholars) up to $500 for conference-related travel expenses, and will provide meals and lodging.

Proposals Due March 6, 2020

Early-career scholars should submit paper proposals by close of business on Friday, March 6, 2020.


Pre-Conference Archive Research Opportunity

The Carl Albert Center houses the largest collection of political and congressional papers in the state of Oklahoma. The collections include the papers of 61 former members of congress, along with the papers of 25 political leaders, congressional staffers, and journalists. These congressional and political collections encompass over 100 years of American History, from Oklahoma's territorial days to the turn of the century, with the largest amount of materials created between the 1930s and the 1990s.

If you are interested in arriving on Tuesday, June 2 to conduct research in the archives on June 3, 2020, please indicate your interest on the call for proposal form. Due to limited space and resources, not all interested attendees may be selected for the archives research opportunity.