The Institutions & Societies: Graduate Student Conference is an annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference co-hosted by the Rockefeller College Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS) and the Students of Educational Administration for Change (SEAChange) at the University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, New York.

The inaugural conference was held in March 2013 at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, located on the Downtown Campus of the University at Albany. Definition of the conference name and theme, Institutions & Societies, has been left purposefully broad to allow for a wide range of participants, papers, panels, and posters.

The aim of the conference is to provide graduate students in the Capital Region with an open venue for sharing their research while promoting cross-discipline dialogue in order to improve the overall quality of graduate research. The conference also seeks to allow graduate students to present their work and receive peer and faculty feedback in a "low threat" environment without the pressure (and expense) of a major academic conference.

The conference is open to any graduate students in the Capital Region who are engaged in the research areas of anthropology, area/regional studies, communications and mass media, criminal justice, economics/nanoeconomics, education, environmental studies, history, informatics, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, public administration & policy, organizational studies, sociology, social welfare, and urban planning as well as interdisciplinary research that has a social science flair.

Organizers and Sponsors:

The conference is co-organized by the Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS) and the Students of Educational Leadership and Policy (SEAChange). The 2019 conference has been made possible due to a generous grant from University Auxiliary Services (UAS). We thank them for their generous support.

A Special Thanks to UAlbany Faculty:

We would like to thank the faculty from the departments of political science, educational policy and leadership, history, and sociology at UAlbany for taking time out of their busy schedules to serve as discussants and to support our conference and graduate student research:

Dr. Mitch Aso (History)
Dr. Zsófia Barta (Political Science)
Dr. Aaron Benavot (Educational Policy and Leadership)
Dr. Brian Greenhill (Political Science)
Dr. Matthew Ingram (Political Science)
Dr. Jessica Pidgeon (Political Science)
Dr. Kathryn Schiller (Educational Policy and Leadership)
Dr. Lucy Sorensen (Public Administration and Policy)
Dr. Patricia Strach (Political Science and Public Administration and Policy)
Dr. Gilbert Valverde (Educational Policy and Leadership)
Dr. Francisco P. Vieyra (Sociology)

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