New Faces in Political Methodology X Conference

When Apr 28, 2018
from 08:30 AM to 04:45 PM
Where B001 Sparks - the 'Databasement'
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-867-2720
Attendees All interested researchers, faculty and students.
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On April 28, 2018, QuaSSI will be pleased to present New Faces in Political Methodology X. 

Since 2008, QuaSSI has been proud to host New Faces in Political Methodology, a conference that invites an eclectic group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to come together and discuss their methodology and methodology-adjacent work with each other and with the multi-disciplinary QuaSSI, BDSS, and SoDA communities at Penn State.

In total, 84 early career scholars from 31 different graduate programs have been featured as "New Faces." Please visit the New Faces in Political Methodology page to learn more about them. 

All are welcome and the event is free, but we request that you register / RSVP here if you intend to attend one or more of the panels or lunch.

The preliminary schedule is as follows. Papers should be available here by Monday, April 23.

8:30-9:00       Breakfast

9:00-9:15       Opening Remarks, Burt Monroe

9:15-10:00     Mayya Komisarchik (Harvard University)

"How to Measure Legislative District Compactness If You Only Know it When You See it." (co-authored with Aaron Kaufman and Gary King.)

Mayya Komisarchik is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Harvard University Department of Government studying American politics and political methodology. Her substantive research interests include: race and representation; the Voting Rights Act and the politics of formerly preclearance jurisdictions after Shelby v. Holder, police brutality, immigration, and political incorporation.

Mayya Komisarchik

10:00-10:45   Ted Enamorado (Princeton University)

"Validating Self-reported Turnout by Linking Public Opinion Surveys with Administrative Records."  (co-authored with Kosuke Imai.) 

Ted Enamorado is a Ph.D Candidate in the Politics Department (Political Economy Program) at Princeton University. He develops computational methods for quantitative research, with a special emphasis on data integration. Substantively, his work focuses on comparative political economy, and aims to understand the political consequences of different electoral rules. Ted's work has been published in Journal of Politics, Economics Letters, and Journal of Development Economics. He holds an M.A. from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Universidad Católica de Honduras.

Ted Enamorado

10:45-11:00     Coffee Break

11:00-11:45     Alexandra Siegel (New York University)

"Tweeting Beyond Tahrir: Ideological Diversity and Political Intolerance in Egyptian Twitter Networks." (co-authored with Joshua Tucker, Jonathan Nagler, and Richard Bonneau.)

Alexandra Siegel is a political science PhD candidate at New York University and a Graduate Research Associate at NYU's Social Media and Political Participation Lab (SMaPP). Beginning in September 2018, she will be a postdoc at Stanford's Immigration Policy Lab (IPL). Her research uses social media data, social network analysis, and textual analysis---in addition to more traditional data sources---to explore mass and elite political behavior in the Arab World. She is a former Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. She holds a Bachelors in International Relations and Arabic from Tufts University.

Alexandra Siegel

11:45-12:30     Margaret Foster (Duke University)

"Over Pressure: Grassroots-Driven Transformation of (Militant) Organizations."

Margaret Foster is a PhD candidate at Duke University. Her dissertation and book project proposes a theory of grassroots-driven, pressure for strategic change in resource-constrained organizations. For the project, she is using a multi-method research design, including formal modeling, and text-as-data, and qualitative case studies.Additional projects explore the pathways through which network connections influence the trajectories of information exchange and issue evolution in extremist online communities, measuring hierarchy and influence in thematic communities, and drivers for the diversity of organizational structures among militant groups. Her research interests include quantitative and computational methods for political science, particularly applied Bayesian statistics, text-as-data, and network analysis.

Margaret Foster

12:30-1:30      Lunch

1:30-2:15        Taylor Carlson (University of California, San Diego)

"Through the Grapevine: Informational Consequences of the Two-Step Flow of Political Communication."

Taylor Carlson is a Political Science Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, San Diego, focusing on political communication and political psychology in American Politics. In her dissertation, she uses innovative experiments and text analysis to examine how political information gets distorted as it flows through communication networks --and why it matters. Beyond her dissertation, she maintains an active research agenda with several collaborators, broadly focusing on interpersonal political communication. Her research has been published in the Journal of Politics and Political Behavior and she is building toward two coauthored books. Taylor is equally passionate about researchand teaching and enjoys helping students understand, evaluate, and conduct social science research.

Taylor Carlson

2:15-3:00        Michelle Torres (Washington University in St. Louis)

"Give Me the Full Picture: Using Computer Vision to Understand Visual Frames and Political Communication" 

Michelle Torres is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and an A.M. in Statistics student in the Department of Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis. She is from Mexico City, where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from CIDE. Her broad interests are in the fields of political methodology and political behavior, with a special interest in survey methodology, computer vision, causal inference, and public opinion. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Research & Politics.

Michelle Torres

3:00-3:15       Coffee Break

3:15-4:00       Zachary Jones (Pennsylvania State University / University of Washington)

"Interpretable Statistical Learning Methods."

Zach Jones holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and is currently a Moore/Sloan data science postdoctoral fellow at the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. Zach is a political methodologist interested in interpretable machine learning, its application to the study of political violence, and social science generally. He is also interested in meta-scientific issues related to the analysis of social data. His work has appeared in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Political Science Research & Methods, PLoS One, Journal of Machine Learning Research, and Journal of Open Source Software.

Zachary Jones

4:00-4:45       Chloe Lim (Stanford University)

"Can Fact-checking Prevent Politicians from Lying?" (and Appendix)

Chloe Lim is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. Chloe studies media and political accountability, fact-checking, and political communication in American Politics. Her methodological interests include causal inference and text as data methods. In her dissertation, she evaluates whether fact-checking has been successful in deterring candidates from repeating debunked claims.

Chloe Lim

New Faces in Political Methodology IX will be held in the Databasement. To find the Databasement, (B001 Sparks), see map here.

A light breakfast (available at 8:30am) and lunch will be provided for guests. All are welcome to attend (registration - free - is requested.) We hope you will join us!