2013 Conference

Visions in Methodology 2013 (VIM)

April 26 -27, 2013
Department of Political Science, Florida State University
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Florida State University

General Information

The Political Science Department at Florida State University will host the annual Visions in Methodology: A Workshop for Women in Political Methodology Conference. The Visions in Methodology (VIM) workshop brings together junior and senior women faculty working in political methodology. The weekend experience is highlighted by:

  • Scholarly research presentations
  • Feedback on research from conference participants
  • Sessions on career and gender topics
  • Oral autobiographies by senior scholars

The workshop at Florida State University is part of a broader effort to support women in the field of political methodology.  In addition to providing a forum to share scholarly work, VIM connects women in a field where they are under-represented. VIM began as an implementation of recommendations from a National Academy of Sciences report, the APSA Workshop on the Advancement of Women in Academic Political Science, and the 2006 Political Methodology Long Range Strategic Planning Committee Report. VIM provides opportunities for networking, mentoring, and scholarly progress for women in the political methodology community.  This year’s VIM workshop focuses on research using survey methods, text analysis, and experimental/ causal inference techniques.  Submissions that use these methods are particularly encouraged.

Featured Senior Scholars

D. Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University
Rose McDermott, Brown University

Program Chair and Local Host

Megan Shannon, Florida State University

Program Committee

Amanda Driscoll, Florida State University
Jennifer Jerit, Florida State University
Cherie Maestas, Florida State University

Travel, lodging, and Meals

Travel, lodging and meals will be provided by:

Methodology, Measurement and Statistics Program, National Science Foundation
Political Science Program, National Science Foundation
Department of Political Science at Florida State University
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University


The Tallahassee Regional Airport (airport code TLH) is about 15 minutes from campus. Hotel airport shuttles will be provided.


Attendees will stay at the Double Tree Hilton in Downtown Tallahassee near the campus. Shuttles to and from the campus will be provided.


The readings for each discussion are provided on the Resources Page.

Program Information

Thursday, April 25th

  • 7:00 – 9:30, Dinner at the University Center Club
  • Presentation of Oral Biographies: Rose McDermott, Brown University, and Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University.
  • Career and Gender Discussion #1, “The Balance between Work and Life
    Session Leader: Rose McDermott, Brown University
    Readings: Anne Marie Slaughter (2012), “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All;” and Sheryl Sandberg (2010), TED Presentation

Friday, April 26th (all events will be held at the DeVoe Moore Center, Florida State University, unless otherwise indicated.  All are welcome to attend research presentations.  Career and Gender Discussion sessions are limited to conference participants and invited guests.)

  • Breakfast, 8:30 – 9:00 Welcome from David Rasmussen, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University, and Dale Smith, Chair of the Political Science Department at Florida State University
  • 9:00 – 9:45 Presentation by Molly Roberts, Harvard University.  “Incorporating Substantive Information in Topic Models for Social Science Inference”
    Discussant: Jennifer Jerit, Florida State University
  • 9:45 – 10:30 Presentation by Jennifer Pan, Harvard University. “Measuring the Goals and Incentives of Local Chinese Officials.
    Discussant: Emily Beaulieu, University of Kentucky
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
  • 10:45 – 11:45 Career and Gender Discussion #2, “Research Productivity”
    Session Leader: Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University
    Readings: Vicki Hesli and Jae Lee (2011), “Faculty Research Productivity: Why Do Some of Our Colleagues Publish More than Others?”
  • Lunch, 11:45 – 1:00
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Presentation by Gina Reinhardt, Texas A&M University.  “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Exploring Political Trust as a Causal Mechanism, Testing Disaster and Management Effects with a Difference-in-Distribution Instrumental Variables Model
    Discussant: Lonna Atkeson, University of New Mexico
  • 1:45 – 2:30 Career and Gender Discussion #3, “Gender and Public Perception”
    Session Leader: Corrine McConnaughy, Ohio State University
    Readings: Melanie Tannenbaum, “If It Looks Like a Compliment”
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Coffee Break
  • 2:45-3:30 Presentation by Yanna Krupnikov, Northwestern University.  “Changing Hearts and Minds? The Powerful Effects of Unexpected Information”
    Discussant: Cherie Maestas, Florida State University
  • 3:30-4:15 Presentation by Tiffany Barnes, University of Kentucky, Regina Branton, University of North Texas, and Erin Cassesse, West Virginia University.  “Pay Equity at the Crossroads: Intersectionality and Support for Fair Pay Policies
    Discussant: Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University
  • 4:15 – 5:00 Presentation by Iulia Cioroianu, New York University.  “Candidate Perceptions of Each Other’s Positions: Evidence from the 2012 U.S. Congressional Elections”
    Discussant: Kerri Milita, Florida State University
  •  Dinner and Drinks, 6:30 – 9:00  Hosted by Cherie Maestes

Saturday, April 27th (all events will be held at the DeVoe Moore Center, Florida State University, unless otherwise indicated.  All are welcome to attend research presentations.  Career and Gender Discussion sessions are limited to conference participants and invited guests.)

  • Breakfast,  8:30 – 9:00
  • 9:00 – 9:45  Presentation by Ines Levin, University of Georgia.  “Uncertainty in the Propensity Score: Does it Matter for Matching and Regression?”
    Discussant: Corrine McConnaughy, Ohio State University
  • 9:45 – 10:30  Presentation by Victoria Shineman, Princeton University.  “Estimating the Effects of Participation”
    Discussant: Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
  • 10:45– 12:00 Career and Gender Discussion #4, “Tenure and Promotion”
    Session Leader: Sara Mitchell, University of Iowa
    Readings: Vicki Hesli, Jae Lee and Sara Mitchell (2012), “Predicting Rank Attainment in Political Science: What Else Besides Publications Affects Promotion?;” and Jana Von Stein, “When Bad Things Happen to Untenured People”
  • Lunch, 12:00 – 1:15
  • 1:15 – 2:00 Presentation by Rachael Hinkle, Washington University.  “Into the Words: Using Statutory Text to Explore the Impact of Federal Courts on State Policy Diffusion”
    Discussant: Amanda Driscoll, Florida State University
  • 2:00 – 2:45 Career and Gender Discussion #5, “When to Say Yes, How to Say No”
    Session Leader: Cherie Maestas, Florida State University
    Readings: Sara Mitchell and Vicki Hesli (2013), “Women Don’t Ask? Women Don’t Say No? Bargaining and Service in the Political Science Profession”
  • 2:45 – 3:00 Coffee Break
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Presentation by Emily Beaulieu, University of Kentucky.  “Political Parties and Perceptions of Election Fraud in the U.S.”
    Discussant: Erin Cassese, West Virginia University
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Presentation by Leah Windsor, University of Memphis.  “Textual Analysis of Leaders’ Speeches.”
    Discussant: Sara Mitchell, University of Iowa.
  • 4:30 – 5:15 Presentation by Amber Boydstun, University of California at Davis. “On the Limits of Reframing Effects: The Asymmetric Stickiness of Loss and Gain Frames”
    Discussant: Yanna Krupnikov, Northwestern University.
  • Dinner, 5:30 – 8:00 Hosted by Carol and Bill Weissert

Sunday, April 28th

  • Thanks for coming and have a safe journey home!

Note: We anticipate that each 45-minute presentation will be comprised of approximately 15 minutes for the paper presentation, 15 minutes for the discussant and 15 minutes for open discussion. All paper presentations will take place in the DeVoe Moore Center at Florida State University, which has internet and projection access.

Note: Dress attire is business casual.