Graduate Conference in Political Theory and Constitutional Studies

The first annual Notre Dame Graduate Conference in Political Theory and Constitutional Studies will take place on May 3, 2024 on-campus at the University of Notre Dame. The conference will feature a series of paper presentations by PhD students from programs across the world, with individualized comments provided by Notre Dame graduate student discussants and faculty.

We are also excited to announce that Dr. Bryan Garsten, Professor of Political Science and Humanities at Yale University, will give the keynote address for the conference. His work addresses a broad range of topics including representative government, politics and religion, and the role of emotion in politics. His forthcoming book The Heart of a Heartless World examines the ethical, political and religious core of early nineteenth-century liberalism in the United States and France.

We invite paper submissions from current PhD students in relevant fields. Please find our call for abstracts here. Abstracts are due on January 14, 2024 at midnight EST. Registration for the conference will be open to all.

Tentative Schedule of Events:

8:30 - 9:00am - Arrival and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:50am - Session I
10:10 - 11:00am - Session II
11:20 - 12:10pm - Session III
12:15 - 1:45pm - Lunch and Keynote Address
2:00 - 2:50pm - Session IV
3:10 - 4:00pm - Session V

Please email us with any questions at