Political Science Conference

Sara McCaffrey presents on Sustainable Tourism in Jamaica
Sara McCaffrey presents on Sustainable Tourism in Jamaica
Michael Leone and Maaya Sato present on Zimbabwe
Michael Leone and Maaya Sato present on Zimbabwe
Alumni panel on entering the job market
Alumni panel on entering the job market

Highlighting Undergraduate Research

SUNY Oneonta's annual Undergraduate Political Science Conference is organized by the university's Political Science Club and features student presenters and discussants from colleges and universities throughout New York state and beyond.

The conference provides a chance for highly motivated Political Science students from many institutions to share questions, information and insights about various aspects of political science. Student organizers gain leadership experience, network with peers from other schools, and engage in intellectual debate in a professional conference setting.

The conference features a keynote speaker each year. Past speakers have included Peter Ennis, associate professor in the Department of Government and executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University; Peter Balakian, poet, writer and professor of humanities at Colgate University; and Kristi Andersen, professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, among others.

For more information, contact Professor Brett Heindl, faculty advisor to the Political Science Club, at 607-436-3923.

Past Conferences


The keynote speaker for the 2024 conference was Dr. Amy Widestrom, the esteemed Executive Director of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. She gave her perspective on the upcoming Presidential election from her vantage point in protecting voting rights in a key swing state.

View more information about the 2024 conference


The keynote speaker for the 2023 conference was David Lombardo (host of WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom, a daily public radio show covering state government and politics) discussed the Accumulation and Utilization of New York Government, as well as the Importance and Functions of State Government. There were also presentations from students on Policy Solutions to Contemporary Problems and Scandal/Understanding Division.

View more information about the 2023 conference.


The keynote speaker for the 2022 conference was Dr. Edward J. Erickson, Hydropolitics and International Affairs. In an era of rapidly accelerating climate change, water scarcity is an associated compelling concern affecting regional security around the globe. Indeed, in politically volatile and unstable parts of the world, transboundary water rights between riparian states greatly complicate this problem. Dr. Ed Erickson discussed what is called "hydropolitics" as an international affairs issue affecting the security of the riparian nations in the Euphrates-Tigris, Nile, Mekong, and Jordan River basins.

View more information about the 2022 conference.

2019 Conference

2019 Keynote Address: Evan Rakowski '05, "Justice in a Non-Binary World"


Department of Political Science
Alumni Hall 219


Department Chair
Dr. William Wilkerson

Administrative Assistant
Ms. Jennifer Oates

Internship Coordinator
Bill Wilkerson

Pre-Law Advisor
Gina Keel


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