Annual Meeting

Note: Emails and tweets noted the conference would be in February. It is, in fact, in March.

We are happy to announce the first annual meeting sponsored by the Polarization Research Lab.  We hope to bring together established scholars, graduate students, community groups and funders for a conference designed to highlight emerging academic work and to develop a network of academics and practitioners focused on the problem of partisan animosity.

Our first meeting will be held at Stanford University on 3/2/2023 and 3/3/2023.   

We are looking for innovative work on polarization, democratic/social norms, and political violence (all broadly defined).

The goals of the meeting are to:

  • Share the best work on partisan animosity with the best researchers in the field.
  • Build connections between established faculty and graduate students.
  • Connect researchers working on designs to attenuate affective polarization, reduce support for political violence and rebuild democratic norms with practitioners who can implement designs at scale.

For all domestic attendees (PhD students, faculty, practitioners) we will cover:

  • Airfare (domestic economy)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals during the meeting

We will offer three mediums for participation.

  1. Traditional conference individual or small team presentation of work and papers with results. Presenters can use a slide deck and prepare a roughly 45 minute presentation with 15 minutes for Q&A (1 hour).
  2. Roundtable discussion of works in progress, projects you’re planning to launch, or new program ideas. This format is designed to provide feedback on project design, initial results, strategy, etc. Roundtable leaders should prepare ~5 minute overview of their project (no slides) and questions that they would like feedback on (30 minutes).
  3. Poster session for graduate students (1.5 hours during a reception).

Note: While the poster session is designed for graduate students, advanced students may apply to present in the presentation or roundtable workshop.

To apply, please click below to access the application form, which will ask you what type of medium you’d like to participate in. For the presentation session, we ask for a 1 page summary of the research you’d like to share along with topline results. For the workshop session, we ask for a brief overview of your project/program/idea. For the poster session, we ask for a summary of the research you’d like to share with any topline results.

Applications are due 12/15/2022.

Please send any questions to: