Political Methodology Research Seminar

The Political Methodology Colloquium and the graduate research seminar in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods have been combined, and take place Fridays, 12pm-1:30pm, in 127 Corwin.

The Political Methodology Colloquium is a forum where graduate students and faculty members from various subfields present their ongoing research that either applies or develops formal/quantitative methods.  Occasionally, external speakers are invited to give a presentation. Faculty Coordinator is Kosuke Imai. Graduate Student Coordinator is Ben Fifield. Papers are posted in advance of the presentation. You may download them by clicking the presentation title in the table below.

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Past Seminars

2008-2009 | 2010-2011 | 2011-2012 | 2012-2013 | 2013-2014

Current Year Seminars

Date Presenter Title
Sep. 12, 2014 Alex Acs Regulating Under the Shadow of Centralized Review: Political Oversight and Deterrence Effects
Sep. 19, 2014 Matt Incantalupo Help Wanted: The Politicization of Job Loss in High-Unemployment Contexts
Sep. 26, 2014 Jidong Chen Authoritarian Governance with Public Communication
Oct. 3, 2014 Workshop on Digital Methods in Political Science (Hosted by the Bobst Center and the Niehaus Center)
Oct. 10, 2014 Michael Higgins The Benefits of Probability-Proportional-to-Size Sampling in Cluster-Randomized Experiments
Oct. 17, 2014 Ryan Brutger Screening for Success: The Effect of Firm Signaling on WTO Case Selection
Oct. 24, 2014 Florian Hollenbach (Duke University/Visiting Fellow, Niehaus Center) Autocracy, Inequality and Tax Capacity: Evidence from 19th Century Prussia
Oct. 31, 2014 Fall Break
Nov. 7, 2014 Graeme Blair Incentives to Misrepresent: Design and Analysis of Surveys on Sensitive Subjects
Nov. 14, 2014 Han Zhang (Department of Sociology) Witnessing Political Protest on Civic Engagement and Political Attitudes:  A Natural Experiment 
Nov. 21, 2014 Job Talk
Nov. 28, 2014 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 5, 2014 Edoardo Airoldi (Department of Statistics, Harvard University)

Design and Analysis of Experiments in the Presence of Network Interference

Paper 1: Bayesian Inference from Non-Ignorable Network Sampling Designs (with Simon Lunagomez)

Dec. 12, 2014 James Lo Fast Estimation of Ideal Points with Massive Data Sets (with Kosuke Imai and Jonathan Olmsted)
Jan. 12, 2015  Graduate Student Poster Session (Wallace 300, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Jan. 29, 2015 Will Lowe (University of Mannheim) There's Really Only One Model to Scale Count Data: Should We Trust It?
Feb. 6, 2015

Gary King (Harvard University, Institute for Quantitative Social Science) Center for Statistics and Machine Learning Seminar. Robertson Hall Bowl 1, 4:00 PM.

Simplifying Matching Methods for Causal Inference
Feb. 13, 2015 Martin Lindquist (Johns Hopkins University, Department of Biostatistics) Functional Causal Mediation Analysis with an Application to Brain Connectivity
Feb. 20, 2015 Kabir Khanna Improving Ecological Inference by Predicting Individual Ethnicity from Voter Registration Records (with Kosuke Imai)
Feb. 27, 2015 Kentaro Fukumoto (Gakushuin University/Washington University in St. Louis) What Happens Depends on When It Happens: Copula-based Ordered Event History Analysis of Civil War Duration and Outcome
Mar. 6, 2015 Matias Iaryczower Money, Polls and Policy: A Structural Analysis of Senate Dynamics (with Gabriel Lopez Moctezuma, Adam Meirowitz and Matt Shum)
Mar. 13, 2015
Mar. 20, 2015 Spring Break
Mar. 27, 2015 Joshua Blumenstock (University of Washington, School of Information)

Measuring and Mapping Poverty and Wealth with Passively-Collected Mobile Phone Data

Apr. 3, 2015 Navid Hassanpour A Quasi-Experimental Study of Contagion and Coordination in Urban Conflict: Evidence from The Syrian Civil War in Damascus
Apr. 10, 2015 Marc Ratkovic Looking Under Consensus: Inferring Individual Level Preference through Speech and Votes in the Federal Open Market Committee (with Ted Enamorado, Gabriel Lopez-Moctezuma, and Yuki Shiraito)
Apr. 17, 2015 MPSA Conference
Apr. 24, 2015 Kosuke Imai Causal Interaction in High Dimension (with Naoki Egami)
May 1, 2015 James Greiner (Harvard Law School) The Problem of Default (with Andrea Matthews) (Appendix)
May 8, 2015 Carlos Velasco Rivera Political Dynasties and Party Strength: Evidence from Victorian Britain
May 15, 2015 Michael Herron (Dartmouth College) Rejected Absentee Ballots in Florida
May 22, 2015 Gabriel Lopez-Moctezuma Senate Dynamics in the Shadow of Money (with Matias Iaryczower and Adam Meirowitz)