2008 Conference

In 2008, Ohio State University was pleased to host the first Visions in Methodology: A Workshop for Women in Political Methodology. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Ohio State University, the workshop brought together junior and senior women faculty working in political methodology. The weekend experience was highlighted by:

  • Scholarly research presentations
  • Feedback on research from conference participants
  • Sessions on career and gender topics (e.g., networking, mentoring, balancing family and work, women in the classroom)
  • Oral biographies by senior scholars

 

Purpose:

The conference is part of a broader goal of supporting activities for women in the field of political methodology that are funded by the NSF. The activities are intended to create networks and opportunities, as well as to plug the “leaky pipeline” for women in the field of political methodology where women are under-represented. The new initiative implements recommendations from the recent National Academy of Sciences reports, the APSA Workshop on the Advancement of Women in Academic Political Science, and the 2006 Political Methodology Long Range Strategic Planning Committee Report.

Featured Senior Scholars for Fall 2008:

  • Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa
  • Elizabeth Gerber, University of Michigan

 

VIM 2008 participants

Back Row (L to R): Janet Box-Steffensmeier (Ohio State University); Meg Shannon (University of Mississippi); Suzanna Linn (Penn State University); Jennifer Victor (University of Pittsburgh); Jennifer Jerit (Florida State University); Leslie Schwindt-Bayer (University of Missouri). Middle Row (L to R): Sara McLaughlin-Mitchell (University of Iowa); Sona Golder (Florida State University); Carole Wilson (University of Texas at Dallas); Amber Boydstun (University of California, Davis); Elisabeth Gerber (University of Michigan); Dawn Brancati (Washington University in St. Louis). Front Row (L to R): Caroline Tolbert (University of Iowa); Miki Kittilson (Arizona State University); Wendy Tam Cho (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Laura Langbein (American University); Betsy Sinclair (University of Chicago); Gina Reingardt (Texas A&M University); Hyeran Jo (Texas A&M University). Not pictured: Melanie Springer (Washington University in St. Louis)

 

Sponsors

Cost: Travel, lodging, and meals provided by:
Methodology, Measurement and Statistics Program, National Science Foundation
Political Science Program, National Science Foundation
Department of Political Science at the Ohio State University
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Ohio State University

 

Conference Program

Dates: October 2-4, 2008

Program Hosts:

  • Janet Box-Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University
  • Corrine McConnaughy, The Ohio State University

Program Committee:

  • Janet Box-Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University
  • Corrine McConnaughy, The Ohio State University
  • Suzanna Linn, Pennsylvania State University
  • Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa
  • Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa

Note: All meals will include a vegan option.

Note: Attendees will both present paper presentations and serve as discussants for other papers. We anticipate that each 45-minute presentation will be comprised of approximately 20 minutes for the paper presentation, 10-15 minutes for the discussant and 5-10 minutes for open discussion. All paper presentations will take place in Derby Hall Room 0080, which has PowerPoint capabilities and Internet/projection access.

Note: Dress attire is casual.

PROGRAM

Thursday, October 2

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Blackwell Inn, Ballroom A. Dinner

Biographies
Presenters: Elisabeth Gerber, University of Michigan, and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa

Career/Gender Discussion #1: Learning to Negotiate More Effectively
Moderater: Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa

  • Babcock, Linda and Sara Laschever. 2007. Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. Princeton University Press. Pages 1-67.

Friday, October 3

8:30 to 9 a.m.
Derby Hall, Spencer Room (Rm 2130). Breakfast

9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
2130 Derby Hall, Spencer Room (Rm 2130).

Career/Gender Discussion #2: Gender Equality in Publishing and Tenure/ Balancing Family and Career

Moderator: Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa

  • Anonymous and Anonymous. 1999. “Tenure in a Chilly Climate.” PS: Political Science and Politics 32 (1): 91-99.
  • Monroe, Kristen et al. 2008. “Gender Equality in Academia: Bad News from the Trenches, and Some Possible Solutions.” Perspectives on Politics 6(2): 215-233
  • Wilson, Robin. 2003. “How Babies Alter Careers for Academics.” Chronicle of Higher Education 50 (December 5)
  • Excerpts from “Mommies and Daddies on the Fast Track: Success of Parents in Demanding Professions.” 2004. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Vol. 596.

9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“The World Governance Indicators and Tautology: Causally Related Separable Concepts, Indicators of a Common Cause, or Both?”

Laura Langbein, American University
Discussant: Megan Shannon, University of Mississippi

10:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Coffee break

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Winnowing Choices: Political Choice Sets in Multi-party Elections”

Carole J. Wilson, University of Texas at Dallas
Discussant: Jennifer Nicoll Victor, University of Pittsburgh

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“The External Validity of Treatments: A Comparison of Natural and Survey Experiments”

Jenn Jerit, Florida State University
Discussant: Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Derby Hall, Spencer Room (Rm 2130)
Lunch

1:15 to 2:00 p.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Time to Kill: The Impact of Electoral Timing and Sequencing on Post-Conflict Stability”

Dawn Brancati, Washington University in St. Louis
Discussant: Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, University of Missouri

2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Measuring the Scope of Political Communication”

Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis
Discussant: Jan Box-Steffensmeier, Ohio State University

2:45 to 3:00 p.m.
Coffee break

3:00 to 3:45 p.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Empirically Modeling the Government Formation Process”

Sona N. Golder, Florida State University
Discussant: Carole J. Wilson, University of Texas at Dallas

3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Preaching from the Choir or Yelling at the Deaf? Discovering the True Role of Party Platforms and How Interest Groups Influence Them”

Jennifer Nicoll Victor, University of Pittsburgh, and Gina Yannitell Reinhardt, Texas A&M University
Discussant: Miki Kittilson, Arizona State University

6:30 p.m.
Dinner. The Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Avenue

Saturday, October 4

Sara Mitchell, University of Iowa

8:30 to 9 a.m.
Derby Hall, Spencer Room (Rm 2130), Breakfast.

9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Legislative Success in a Small World: Social Network Analysis and the Dynamics of Congressional Legislation”

Wendy Tam Cho, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Discussant: Elizabeth Gerber, University of Michigan

9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Detecting Spillover in Social Networks: Design and Analysis of Multilevel Experiments”

Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago
Discussant: Jenn Jerit, Florida State University

10:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Coffee break

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Gender and Political Engagement in Comparative Perspective: Modeling Cross-level Interactions with Multilevel Data”

Miki Kittilson, Arizona State University, and Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, University of Missouri
Discussant: Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Choosing the Ties the Bind: Decision Control and the Pursuit of Binding Conflict Management”

Megan Shannon, University of Mississippi
Discussant: Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa

Laura Langbein, American University

12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Derby Hall, Spencer Room (Rm 2130), Lunch

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Derby Hall, Spencer Room (Rm 2130)
Career/ Gender Discussion # 3: Gender in the Classroom

Moderator: Amanda Rosen, Ohio State University

  • Boyd, Frank A. 2001. “Taking it to the Street: The Demographics and Pedagogy of APSA’s “Star” Teachers.” PS: Political Science and Politics 34 (3): 669-673.
  • Andersen, Kristi and Elizabeth D. Miller. 1997. “Gender and Student Evaluations of Teaching.” PS: Political Science and Politics 30 (2): 216-219.
  • Rosenthal, Cindy Simon. 1999. “One Experience Is Worth a Thousand Words: Engaging Undergraduates in Field Research on Gender.” PS: Political Science and Politics 32(1): 63-68.

2:15 to 3:00 p.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Taming the Selection Bias: An Application to Compliance with International Agreements”

Hyeran Jo, Texas A&M University
Discussant: Laura Langbein, American University

3:00 to 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:15 to 4:00 p.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Paper Presentation
“Examining Electoral Institutions and Voter Turnout in the American States, 1920-2000”

Melanie Springer, Washington University in St. Louis
Discussant: Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa

4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Derby Hall, Room 0080
Concluding Session

6: 30 p.m.
Dinner hosted by Jan Box-Steffensmeier.

Reading Materials

Career/Gender Discussion #1: Learning to Negotiate More Effectively
Babcock, Linda and Laschever, Sara. 2007. Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. Princeton University Press. Pages 1-61.

Career/Gender Discussion #2: Gender Equality in Publishing and Tenure/ Balancing Family and Career

Anonymous and Anonymous. 1999. “Tenure in a Chilly Climate.” PS: Political Science and Politics 32(1): 91-99.

Monroe, Kristen et al. 2008. “Gender Equality in Academia: Bad News from the Trenches, and Some Possible Solutions.” Perspectives on Politics 6(2): 215-233

Wilson, Robin. 2003. “How Babies Alter Careers for Academics.” Chronicle of Higher Education 50 (December 5)

Excerpts from “Mommies and Daddies on the Fast Track: Success of Parents in Demanding Professions.” 2004. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Vol. 596.

Career/ Gender Discussion # 3: Gender in the Classroom

Boyd, Frank A. 2001. “Taking it to the Street: The Demographics and Pedagogy of APSA’s “Star” Teachers.” PS: Political Science and Politics 34 (3): 669-673.

Andersen, Kristi and Elizabeth D. Miller. 1997. “Gender and Student Evaluations of Teaching.” PS: Political Science and Politics 30 (2): 216-219.

Rosenthal, Cindy Simon. 1999. “One Experience Is Worth a Thousand Words: Engaging Undergraduates in Field Research on Gender.” PS: Political Science and Politics 32(1): 63-68.