Vanderbilt Graduate Ideas Symposium (2021)

The first annual Vanderbilt Graduate Ideas Symposium (VGIS, pronounced “veggies”) will be held on December 3rd, 2021. All conference panels will take place in the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in the Political Science Department at Vanderbilt University. Organized and run by graduate students, VGIS is a space for Vanderbilt grad students at any stage to present ongoing work and get feedback from their peers in a conference-like environment without expending the resources for registration, travel, and accomodation.

Panels will be organized around two or three presenters, with an assigned discussant for each. Presenters will have fifteen minutes to present their research, three minutes for discussant response, and any remaining time for audience Q&A. Given space constraints in the CSDI space, Vanderbilt’s health policies, and the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, all participants will be required to wear a mask.


Schedule for the 2021 Vanderbilt Graduate Idea Symposium. Click here for a detailed schedule of presenters, discussants, and abstracts.

All sections will take place in CSDI in the Vanderbilt Commons unless otherwise noted.

Panel 1 (9AM - 10AM)

Power & Migration (panel details)

Panel 2 (10AM - 11AM):

American Political Behavior (panel details)

Panel 3 (11AM - 12PM):

Comparative Institutions (panel details)

Graduate Student Workshop (12PM - 2PM)

Commons 363

Happy Hour (4PM - Close)

TailGate Brewery, 1538 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN, 37203


The call for papers for the 2021 conference is over.

Submission instructions

If you are a presenter with written materials or presentation slides that you would like the discussant or audience to review, you may submit them here or email one of the conference organizers below.