The Research and Methods
Symposium is a venue for faculty and graduate students to present their
research, with a particular focus on methodological issues, both quantitative
Spring Semester 2014
March 5 : "Using Amazon's MTurk ," Sanne Rijkhoff, 1 p.m., 8th Floor conference room.
Spring Semester 2013
February 19: "NOMINATE scores," Howard Rosenthal, New York University, 9:30 a.m., 8th Floor conference room.
"The Strategic Landscape: How to Find It, How to Read It, What It Reveals," Byron Shafer, University of Wisconsin, 9 a.m., 8th Floor conference room.
Fall Semester 2012
"Gendering Policy through Expertise: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Gender Expert Policy Success," Season Hoard, 12 p.m., 8th Floor conference room.
Fall Semester 2011
October 12 :
"Success and Failure of Third Party Interventions in Civil Wars: Cote d’Ivoire and Libya as Case Studies," Audrey Mattoon and Renee Edwards, 1:30 p.m., 8th Floor conference room.
October 11 :
"Internal and External Influences on U.S. Courts of Appeals Judges in Administrative Agency Cases," Kim Rice, 1:30 p.m., 8th Floor conference room.
Scholars have generally found evidence of deference to administrative agencies in the federal courts; however, the degree of deference and the circumstances under which deference is granted varies between levels of the courts and between different agency types. Given this variation, I examine agency cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals in light of strategic theory, which posits that decisionmaking in the courts may be influenced by both intra-branch relationships (i.e. brethren on the court) and inter-branch politics (i.e. preferences of Congress and the executive) as well as more generally by public opinion. Using data on agency cases from four circuits across multiple years, I find that decisionmaking in the U.S. Courts of Appeals in agency cases is a mixture of both internal and external strategy, including considerations of overall circuit preferences as well as strategic considerations based on the ideological congruence or incongruence between the court and other branches.
Spring Semester 2010
"Integrating Two Cultures in Mixed-Methods Research: A Tale of the State Feminism Project," Amy Mazur, 12 noon, 8th Floor conference room.
"The Genetic Heritability of Social and Political Traits: Introduction to Twin Studies," Levi Littvay, Central European University, 2 p.m., 8th Floor conference room.
Supplemental Readings: Alford, Medland
"This One Time...At Methods Camp," Season Hoard and Katie
Searles, 12 noon, 8th Floor conference room.
"Assessing the Generalizability of the Near Repeat Phenomenon,"
Matt Nobles, 12 noon, 8th Floor Conference Room
"NGO-s and Civil Society: Examining Women's Movements in Post-Communist
Europe," Ingrid Bego, 12 noon, 8th Floor Conference Room.
"Latest Developments in Qualitative Comparative Methods,"
Benoit Rihoux, Université catholique de Louvain, 12 noon, CUE
"It's My Campaign I'll Cry if I Want to: How and When Campaigns
Use Emotional Appeals," Katie Searles and Title TBA, Ellen Rogers,
12 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
"Approaches to the Study of the Courts," Ericka Christensen,
Jacob Day and Simon Zschirnt, 12 noon, 8th Floor Conference Room.
Title TBA, Glen Smith, 1 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room.
"Sharing Data Through the WSU Dataverse," Travis Ridout, 1:30
p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room.
"Saving Nature and Growing Crops in Uzbekistan: Applying QCA to
Explain Policy Outcomes," Claire Metelits and Ed Weber, 1:30 p.m.,
8th Floor Conference Room.
"Doin' Time: Applying ARIMA Time-Series Models to the Social Sciences,"
Katie Searles, 1:30 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room.
"The Comparative Agendas Project," Sylvain Brouard, 12 noon,
8th Floor Conference Room.
"Goodbye Welfare Queens, Hello Working Moms," Carly Hayden
Foster, 1 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room.
"A Tale of Two Cultures: Contrasting Quantitative and Qualitative
Research," Gary Goertz, University of Arizona, 4 p.m., CUE 518.
"Innovations in Survey Research: The Case of the British Elections
Survey," Harold Clarke and Marianne Stewart, University of Texas-Dallas,
12 noon, CUE 518.
"Developing Computer Code for Content Analysis of Documents,"
Robbie Stone, 11 a.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
"Fight the Future: Methods and Problems of Forecasting Correctional
Populations," Jeff Rosky, 1 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
"A Multilevel Analysis of the Vulnerability, Disorder, and Social
Integration Models Across Multiple Dimensions of Fear of Crime."
Noelle Fearn, Travis Franklin, and Cortney Franklin, 2 p.m., 8th Floor
"Doing Cross-National Survey Research: The SAGE Project."
Travis Ridout and Andrew Appleton, 2 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room.
Title TBA, Nick Lovrich, 2 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
"Measures Matter: Assessing Measures of Campaign Tone," Travis
Ridout, 2 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
TBA, Travis Pratt, 2 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
"Differences in the Measurement of the Dependent Variable: Does
the Specificity of Type of Incarceration Really Matter?," Noelle
Fearn, 2 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
"Quandaries of Mixed Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: Using
Mixed Archival and Statistical Methods to Decipher Presidential Responsiveness
to Public Opinion," Brandon Rottinghaus (U Idaho), 2 p.m., 8th
Floor Conference Room
"Assessing Indirect Effects: The Case of IQ and Delinquency,"
Travis Pratt, 1 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
"Executive Popularity in France: The Promise and Pitfalls of Time
Series Data," Andrew Appleton, 1 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room
"Pubertal Development, Choice of Friends, and Smoking Initiation
among Adolescent Males," Laurie Drapela, 1 p.m., 8th Floor Conference
"Approaches to Small 'n' Research: Applying Qualitative Comparative
Analysis to the Women's Policy Office Project," Amy Mazur, 1 p.m.,
8th Floor Conference Room
"It's Ruining My Christmas! Measuring Exposure to Political Ads
on Television," Travis Ridout, 12:30 p.m., 8th Floor Conference
18th: "Racial Profiling; Methodological Concerns, Analytical
Choices, Normative Implications," Mitch Pickerill, 12:30 p.m.,
8th Floor Conference Room
"Quantifying the Study of the British Prime Minister: Beyond the
Maggie's Handbag Paradigm," Stephen Dyson, 12:30 p.m., 8th Floor
4th: "Maternal Cigarette Smoking and Criminal/Deviant Behavior:
A Meta-Analysis," Travis Pratt, 4 p.m., 8th Floor Conference Room.