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October 24-26, 2019
Dordt University, Sioux Center IA




About the Conference

The Presidential Politics Conference of Iowa (PPCI) is a national, cross-disciplinary event.  It will be the second quadrennial meeting of scholars focusing on presidential elections and presidential power.  Its underlying theme is executive leadership for the common good.



Register Now!

Registration is already open for PPCI 2019 - click here to reserve your spot.

Questions? Email us at ppci2019@dordt.edu




Call For Papers

Please email an abstract of your proposed paper to jeff.taylor@dordt.edu by September 1, 2019.

(Abstract: 200 word max length - in Word document)

Include with your abstract:

  • Your name
  • Your title or status (e.g., professor, graduate student, undergrad student)
  • Academic institution affiliation (or other affiliation)
  • Email address
  • Name of proposed paper



A Look Back at the 2015 Presidential Politics Conference

Click HERE to see pictures from our 2015 conference and read some of the feedback we received from our guests!




CONFERENCE SPEAKERS




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John Inazu

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis.  He teaches criminal law, law and religion, and various First Amendment seminars.  His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory.  He also clerked for Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and served for four years as an associate general counsel with the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon. He is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012) and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016).  Inazu has also written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.  




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Michael Wear

Michael Wear serves as Chief Strategist and member of the executive leadership team for The AND Campaign. As one of President Obama's "ambassadors to America's believers" (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term.  He founded Public Square Strategies LLC, a consulting firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.  He is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America (Thomas Nelson, 2017). He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture.




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John McMillian

John McMillian is an associate professor of American history at Georgia State University, in Atlanta. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has previously taught in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University.  His most recent book, Beatles vs. Stones (Simon & Schuster, 2013) is available in eight languages. He is also co-editor of The New Left Revisited (Temple UP, 2003) and the author of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America (Oxford, 2011). His writings have appeared in scholarly journals, magazine, and major newspapers, and he is editor of American Epidemic: Front Line Reporting on the Opioid Crisis (forthcoming from the New Press in October, 2019).




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Emma Green

Emma Green is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion. Previously, she served as the managing editor of the magazine's website. In 2018, she was the winner of the Religion News Association's first-place award in religion-news analysis, and she spent that year living in and reporting from Israel and Palestine. She has spoken at universities across the United States, including Princeton, Columbia, the University of Chicago, and Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has also appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. She lives in New York City.




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Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is Director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at the Fund for American Studies. He is also the editor of Modern Age, a journal founded by Russell Kirk. Before that, from 2010 through 2016 he served as editor-in-chief of The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Spectator, the National Interest, Reason, and other publications. His experience in broadcast media includes interviews on the BBC, NPR, and the Fox Business Channel. Outside of journalism, he has served as a board member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters and worked as a senior editor of ISI Books, the publishing arm of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics.



LODGING


SIOUX CENTER

EconoLodge
(712) 722-4000

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 722-3500

Country Home Motel & Campground
(800) 919-2309

ROCK VALLEY

Knights Inn
(712) 476-9388

SHELDON

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 324-3000

Super 8
(712) 324-8400

ORANGE CITY

Hampton Inn
(712) 707-4100

Super 8
(712) 737-2600

LE MARS

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 546-1700

Baymont Inn & Suites
(712) 548-4910

HULL

The North Place
(712) 441-2719


TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Nearby airports:

Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Sioux Gateway Airport

Omaha Airport Authority

LODGING


SIOUX CENTER

EconoLodge
(712) 722-4000

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 722-3500

Country Home Motel & Campground
(800) 919-2309

ROCK VALLEY

Knights Inn
(712) 476-9388

SHELDON

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 324-3000

Super 8
(712) 324-8400

ORANGE CITY

Hampton Inn
(712) 707-4100

Super 8
(712) 737-2600

LE MARS

Holiday Inn Express
(712) 546-1700

Baymont Inn & Suites
(712) 548-4910

HULL

The North Place
(712) 441-2719


TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Nearby airports:

Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Sioux Gateway Airport

Omaha Airport Authority