SOA Symposium 2024

"Legislators and Academics in Partnership​"

The State Oversight Academy will hold its second symposium on June 21, 2024!

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State Oversight Academy Symposium

Last year, the State Oversight Academy’s symposium connected scholars who study state legislatures with practitioners who serve as elected state lawmakers or as legislative staff. This year, we will take the same concept a step further: Equipped with this scholarly research, how can practitioners put these facts into practice to improve oversight in state legislatures?

This online event will begin with last year’s popular practitioner and scholars in dialogue format followed by a roundtable, in which scholars and practitioners will discuss how to put research into practice! We invite scholars and practitioners to join us to collaborate on these issues and work together to enhance legislative oversight practices and research in the field.

You can watch last year’s symposium video here.

Working Papers Reviewed by Practitioners

Scholars and graduate students are encouraged submit working papers on state legislative oversight and related topics. SOA will select three or four papers, each of which will be read by a practitioner who will give in-depth feedback based on their professional experience. 

The morning of the symposium, scholars whose papers were selected will have 20 minutes to present their paper, followed by 15 minutes of feedback from the practitioner, and 10 minutes of questions and feedback from the audience.

Practitioners interested in reviewing research papers are encouraged to email Kyle Bule at

SOA Oversight Leaders

We will recognize our inaugural SOA Oversight Leaders at the symposium! For more information on this program, visit the website below.


Practitioners and scholars will participate in a roundtable discussion about how legislators and academics can work in partnership to improve oversight practices in state legislatures across the country.

Schedule of Events

  • 10am – 1:35pm: Welcome, paper presentations
  • 1:35pm – 2pm: Break
  • 2pm – 2:10pm: SOA Oversight Leader presentation
  • 2:10pm – 3:40pm: Roundtable, “Legislators and Academics in Partnership”
  • 3:40pm – 4pm: Wrap-up