About the GPPSA

Founded in 1997, the Great Plains Political Science Association encourages research and dissemination of political information, especially concerning the Great Plains region. It provides opportunities for the exchange of knowledge among persons interested in the topical areas of political science and in teaching and pedagogy. It also seeks to provide a platform for encouraging participation among those persons involved not only in political science, but in fields related to politics and government.


GPPSA is a volunteer organization operating without staff support or significant financial resources.  Organization members participate in various functions of the organization, serving as officers, committee participants, and in the maintenance of its annual meeting and related activities.


The GPPSA holds an annual conference each fall; the 2021 conference will be held at the campus of Northwest Missouri State University September 24-25.  Panels will be both onsite and virtual. While our meetings take place within the Great Plains region, we welcome participation from around the world.  While subfields within political science are represented, we also welcome those outside of political science with research related to government or politics, such as history, criminal justice, and geography. We feature special panels on state politics and government within the region.

Please click on "Annual Meeting" in the menu bar above for information about the 2021 meeting.