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Conference Seeks Papers Examining Suburban Diversity and 2016 Election

In preparation for a joint two-day conference that will examine the effect of changing suburban diversity on the 2016 election and national politics, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and George Mason University invite researchers, policy analysts, and others to submit proposals for individual papers and presentations.

Individual proposals and abstracts should be limited to 200 words and submitted by April 4, 2016.  Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • The prospects for the development of a comprehensive urban, suburban, or metropolitan policy in the next administration
  • Changes in suburban political opinion and incorporation
  • The aftermath of the recession and foreclosure crisis and their possible effects on suburban electorate
  • Districting and its consequences for political alliances at the state and federal scales
  • Immigration and new immigrant groups
  • Environmentalism and suburban support / opposition to strong action on climate change
  • Transportation and infrastructure revitalization within the suburbs
  • The politics of suburban redevelopment, densification, and Smart Growth


The conference, The Shifting Politics of U.S. Suburbs: Parties, Participation, and Public Opinion in 2016, will be held June 23-24, 2016 at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.  Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies (NCSS) and Princeton Survey Research Associates International will also present results from their 2016 National Suburban Poll, which will be conducted in April 2016.

For more information about the conference, email Christopher Niedt, academic director for the NCSS.

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