New Faces in Political Methodology VIII Conference

When Apr 25, 2015
from 08:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Where B001 Sparks - the 'Databasement'
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Contact Phone 814-867-2720
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The Penn State Quantitative Social Science Initiative (QuaSSI) is pleased to present New Faces in Political Methodology VIII , a conference featuring presentations of work from graduate students and postdocs studying at programs around the U.S. and, for the first time, Europe.

To find the Databasement, (B001 Sparks), see map here.

A light breakfast (available at 8:00am) and lunch will be provided for guests. All are welcome to attend. We hope you will join us!



All presentations, breaks and lunch are held in the Databasement (B001 Sparks)








 Jane Lawrence Sumner, Emory University

"Commitment Without Control: Within-Country Variation in Political Risk and the Efficacy of Bilateral Investment Treaties"

Jane Lawrence Sumner is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in political science at Emory University. She received her BS in political science from the University of Michigan. She studies foreign direct investment and comparative politics.



 Drew Dimmery, New York University

"Ideological nonprofits? Inferring Political Ideology of Ostensibly Non-partisan Organizations"

Drew Dimmery is a fourth year PhD student at New York University studying Political Behavior and Methodology. His primary methodological work explores adaptive experimentation to improve the design and implementation of experiments. Substantively, he studies the intersection of political behavior and interest groups (particularly with respect to political non-profit groups).




 Morning Break, Small Conference Room



 Alex Hughes, University of California, San Diego

"Social Voting and Election Coordination in Rural Honduras

Alex Hughes is a PhD candidate at the University of California, San Diego. His work examines how the connections between voters influence political behavior, in particular political coordination. In his current project, he measures the face-to-face social networks of more than 4,000 people living in rural Honduras and mates this data with controlled experiments to examine how these networks shape political coordination behavior. 



 Dean Knox, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"A Model for Path Data"

Dean Knox is a Ph.D. candidate in MIT's Political Science department. His general interests are in the development of statistical methods for social science research, with a particular focus on the intersection between causal inference and network analysis. Dean received a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois.




 Lunch Break, Small Conference Room



 Anita Gohdes, University of Mannheim

"Information, Connectivity, and Strategic State Repression"

Anita Gohdes is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim, where she is part of the research project on "Repression and the Escalation of Violence (RATE)", funded by the European Research Council. Her work focuses on political violence, state repression and the relationship between new media and conflict.




 Chris Lucas, Harvard University

The Balance-Sample Size Frontier in Matching Methods for Causal Inference

 Christopher Lucas is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Government and an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. His research focuses on the connection between international relations and comparative politics, as well the development of statistical and computational methods.




 Afternoon Break, Small Conference Room



 Inga Schwabe, University of Twente

“Genes, Culture and Conservatism - A Psychometric-Genetic Approach”

Inga studied psychology and is now a Ph.D. student at the department of research methodology, measurement and data analysis at the University of Twente. Her research focuses on the interaction of genetic influences (innate talent) with environmental factors.





 Wrap up, Final Q&A



 Conference Concludes