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 Yuki Shiraito. 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

Current Year Seminars

Date Presenter Title
Sep. 13, 2013 Jidong Chen On Deliberative Authoritarian Governance (Practice Job Talk)
Sep. 20, 2013 Kentaro Hirose Bargaining Outside the Shadow of War: How Do Stronger State Influence Weaker States? (Practice Job Talk)
Sep. 27, 2013 In Song Kim Political Cleavages within Industry: Firm Level Lobbying for Trade Liberalization  (Practice Job Talk)
Oct. 4, 2013 Michael Barber Ideological Donors, Contribution Limits, and the Polarization of State Legislatures  (Practice Job Talk)
Oct. 11, 2013 Meredith Wilf Credibility and Distributional Effects of International Banking Regulations: Evidence from US Bank Stock Returns (Practice Job Talk)
Oct. 18, 2013 Brenton Kenkel Dividing the Conquered (Practice Job Talk)
Oct. 25, 2013 Chad Hazlett (MIT/Q-APS Visiting Graduate Student Fellow) Kernel Balancing: A Balancing Method to Equalize Multivariate Densities and Reduce Bias without a Specification Search (Practice Job Talk)
Nov. 1, 2013 Fall Break
Nov. 8, 2013 Adam Bonica (Stanford University) A Common-Space Measure of State Supreme Court Ideology
Nov. 15, 2013 Scott Abramson Time is Power: Leader Duration, Elite Reproduction, and Political Stability in Non-Democracies (with Carlos Velasco-Rivera)
Nov. 22, 2013 Job Talk
Nov. 29, 2013 Thanksgiving
Dec. 6, 2013 Kentaro Hirose Can Civilian Attitude Predict Civil War Violence? (with Kosuke Imai and Jason Lyall)
Dec. 13, 2013 John Londregan Principled Components Analysis: Sparse Multidimensional Scaling (with Marc Ratkovic and In Song Kim)
Jan. 13, 2014 Graduate Student Poster Session (12-2pm, 300 Wallace Hall)
Jan. 14, 2014 Mediation Workshop (9am-12pm, 105 Bobst Hall)
Jan. 27-31, 2014 Web Scraping and Text Processing with Python Workshop
Politics Statistical Programming Camp
Feb. 7, 2014 Betsy Sinclair (Washington University in St. Louis) Estimating the Electoral Connection: Designing Stronger Instruments
Feb. 14, 2014 David Carter Good Times, Bad Times: Left Censoring in Grouped Binary Duration Data (with Curt Signorino)
Feb. 21, 2014 Mathew Blackwell (University of Rochester) Detecting Direct Effects and Assessing Alternative Mechanisms: The Case of American Slavery
Feb. 28, 2014 Michael Callen (University of California, Los Angeles) A Revealed Preference Approach to the Elicitation of Political Attitudes: Experimental Evidence on Anti-Americanism in Pakistan
Mar. 7, 2014 Leonard Wantchekon and Jenny Guardado R. (NYU) Do Electoral Handouts Affect Voting Behavior?
Mar. 14, 2014 Marc Ratkovic Who's LATE? (joint with Yuki Shiraito)
Mar. 21, 2014 Spring Break
Mar. 28, 2014 Graeme Blair Do Civilians Help Produce Disorder in Oil Conflicts? Survey Evidence from Nigeria
Apr. 4, 2014  Midwest Conference
Apr. 11, 2014 Matias Iaryczower Project Size in Agency Relationships (joint with Namanja Antic)
Apr. 18, 2014 Arthur Spirling (Harvard University) The Shadow Cabinet in Westminster Systems: Modeling Opposition Agenda-Setting using House of Commons Speeches, 1832-1915
Apr. 25, 2014 James Lo (University of Mannheim) Ideological Clarity in Multi-Party Comptetition: A New Measure and Test Using Election Manifestos
May 2, 2014 Dustin Tingley and Brandon Stewart (Harvard University)
May 9, 2014 Carlos Velasco Rivera
May 16, 2014

Jidong Chen

May 23, 2014 Michael Higgins
May 30, 2014 Michael Barber and Kyle Dropp
May 27-31, 2014 Advanced Statistical Programming Camp