The School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU is a Knowledge Enterprise that focuses on advancing research.  The School emphasizes research that links theory with real world issues and organized into working groups to advance research and hold conferences in the following fields:

Peace Science Society (International) Conference | Fall 2017

The 51st Peace Science Society International North American Meeting will be hosted by Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona from 2-4 (Thur – Sat) November, 2017.  Click here to download the local guide.

Four Corners Conflict Network Conference | Spring 2016

The Four Corners Conflict Network (4CCN) was established in 2015 with a view towards building some community connecting the many scholars of violent and nonviolent forms of political and social conflict that work at universities in the four corner states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.  ASU is hosting the inaugural conference of the Four Corners Conflict Network, 15-16 April.

Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) | Fall 2015

WGAPE includes west coast-based faculty who conduct research in Africa regarding political economy.  The meetings include a discussion of seven to eight papers.  Participants and schedules are still being set for November 6th and 7th of 2015.

Role Theory and International Relations Conference | Fall 2014

This conferene covers the Role Theory and International Relations book series through various discusions and presentaitons.

Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium (PRIEC) | Spring 2014

PRIEC is a series of meetings that include faculty’s work on racial/ethnic politics and the politics of immigration.  PRIEF was held at ASU in January of 2014 and included work from Alan Simmons, Jill Carle and Amanda Wintersieck.


The School of Politics and Global Studies benefited in 2013 from a generous gift from a 1980 alumnus.

Brian A. Kopf earned his B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University.  As a college student, Brian worked at Fry’s grocery stores.  He also attended DeVry Institute, becoming an expert on information technology.  He retired from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank as vice-president in 1952.

Kopf also was dedicated to helping the less-fortunate through St. Vincent de Paul, where he was named volunteer of the year, and to the Sun Valley Animal Shelter.  Kopf’s loyalty to ASU remained strong and he enjoyed his association with his alma mater, particularly as a long-time member of the Sun Angels.  He also supported Channel Eight, Sun Devil Athletics and now, his estate gift benefits our students, faculty and staff.  Kopf passed away in 2012.

Cameron Thies, Director of SPGS remarked, “Rather than identify a specific purpose for his generous gift, Brian allowed the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU to identify our most important emerging priorities and invest in them.  These unrestricted gifts are rare.  We are grateful for Brian’s vision and his support of our continuous efforts to attract and retain our world class faculty, inspire our active and engaging students, and provide diverse opportunities and areas of research to the campus, local, national and global communities.” 

The following events happened thanks to the Brian A. Kopf Fund:

"Ethnic / Religious Identities and Party Competition" | Spring 2017

The conference will bring together scholars that have worked on identity-based voting and those who have written on the limitations of economic voting models along with scholars who study  “non-economic” populism and the effect of migration, religion and ethnicity on political mobilization. Due to its emphasis on the processes of party competition, the conference will focus on these issues within electoral democracies.

"Symbolic Representation? Groups and Representation in Contemporary Democratic Politics" | Spring 2016

What is symbolic representation? The proposed conference seeks to improve our understanding of the dynamics of representation by untangling the causal connections between changes in descriptive representation, substantive representation, and symbolic representation.

“How does Gender Shape Violence and Coercion?” | Fall 2015

A growing body of scholarly work investigates the effects of gender on attitudes and behaviors towards the use of political violence and coercion. Studies have pointed to the different approaches taken by elite men and women in the resolution of interstate conflict, sexual abuses and harassment within the state security apparatus, and the necessity of prioritizing policies to combat sexual and domestic violence. This conference brings together a wide range of scholars to engage in a joint investigation into the study of gender as a cause and consequence of violence and coercion.

Special issue of the journal Conflict Management and Peace Science, co-edited by Sarah Shair-Rosenfield and featuring an article by Reed Wood

Ethnic and Religious Conflict Conference | Spring 2015

With the support of SPGS and the Center for Studies of Religion and Conflict at ASU, our Working Group organized an international Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict that took place in February 2015 at ASU. The conference, attended by leading scholars in political science, sociology, anthropology and history, analyzed the implications of these different kinds of groups for political mobilization, violence and conflict.

How Do We Know What We Know? Conference | Spring 2015

The conference brought together several prominent Human Rights scholars and practitioners to try and tackle the question of documenting Human Rights practices and abuses. Bringing together different methodological perspectives, participants presented on several cutting-edge research practices to try and better understand where and how many abuses of Human Rights occur and how better Human Rights practices develop.

Women, Media and Politics: A Comparative Perspective | Spring 2014

This conference examined women, media and politics through a series of discussions and presentations.