2017 conference

 Visions in Methodology 2017 at Stony Brook University

 May 31 to June 2, 2017


The 2017 Visions in Methodology (VIM) research workshop will be held at Stony Brook University, May 31 to June 2, 2017.

Participants are expected to arrive at Stony Brook University by 5:00 pm on May 31. The workshop consists of two days of research presentations, and will conclude with a final dinner on the evening of June 2, 2017.


VIM 2017 Presented Papers and Final Information for Participants. 



VIM 2017 Coordinators:  Jennifer Jerit and Yanna Krupnikov

VIM 2017 Featured Senior Scholars:

Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M

Elizabeth Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University


2017 Research Presentation Schedule:

(all presentations will be held in the Wang Center, Stony Brook University, Room 201)

Day 1: Thursday, June 1, 2017

9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.  Pamela McCann, University of Southern California, “Congress and Judicial Review of Agency Actions” (co-authored with Charles Shipan and Yuhua Wang) (Discussant: Saundra Schneider, Michigan State University)

9:55 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. Allison Harris, Penn State University, “Bias and Fairness: The Effects of Racial Diversity Among Trial Court Judges” (Discussant: Kelly Rader, Yale University)

10:50 a.m. to  11:30 a.m.  Tesalia Rizzo, MIT, “Breaking the Cycle: How Experiencing Programmatic Claim Making Discourages Clientelism” (Discussant: Elizabeth Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University)

11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.  Ana Gantman, Princeton University,  “Measuring Moral Perception” (co-authored with Jay Van Bavel) (Discussant: Kathleen Searles, Louisiana State University)

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Special Topics Panel: Analyzing Partisanship and Polarization (Discussant: Nichole Bauer, University of Alabama)

  • Samara Klar, University of Arizona,  “Individual Resistance to Political Polarization” (co-authored with Chris Weber)
  • Lilliana Mason, University of Maryland, “Measuring Political Nostalgia: The Roots, Reasons, and Results of a Politically Consequential Concept”

3:55 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. Ariel White, MIT, “Family Matters: Voting Behavior in Households with Criminal Justice Contact” (Discussant: Jennifer Heerwig, Stony Brook University)


Day 2: Friday, June 2, 2017

9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Natalie Letsa, Cornell University, “The Effects of the French and British Colonial Heritage on Contemporary Political and Economic Outcomes in Africa” (co-authored with Martha Wilfahrt) (Discussant: Elizabeth Carlson, Penn State University)

9:55 to 10:35 a.m. Anwesha Mukherjee, University of East Anglia , “That’s the Ticket: Explicit Lottery Randomization and Learning in Tullock Contests” (co-authored with Theodore L. Turocy and Subhasish M. Chowdhury) (Discussant: Talbot Andrews, Stony Brook University)

10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kathleen Searles, Louisiana State University, “News and Information in the Mobile Era” (co-authored with Johanna Dunaway) (Discussant: Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis)

11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Chryl Laird, Saint Louis University, “An Exploration of Post-Racial Rhetoric’s Influence on Candidate Evaluations.” (co-authored with Julian Wamble)(Discussant: Melissa Sands, Harvard University)

2:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. Dawn Teele, University of Pennsylvania, “Revisiting the Gender Voting Gap in the Era of Women’s Suffrage”(co-authored with Mona Morgan Collins) (Discussant: Danielle Thomsen, Syracuse University) 

3:55 to 4:35 p.m. Shawn Ramirez, Emory University, “Strategic Delegates in War: The Effects of Mediators on Violence and Conflict Resolution” (Discussant: Katherine Sawyer, University of Maryland)


VIM 2017 Invited Participants:

  • Johanna Dunaway, Texas A&M University
  • Jessica Feezell, University of New Mexico
  • Margret Foster, Duke University
  • Mirya Holman, Tulane University
  • Jessica Jones, University of New Mexico
  • Jeong Hyun Kim, Washington University in St.Louis
  • Jule Kruger, Michigan State University
  • Wendy Martinek, SUNY Binghampton
  • Shawna Metzger, National University of Singapore
  • Molly Offer-Westort, Yale University
  • Celia Paris, Layola Univeristy Maryland
  • Nicole Yadon, University of Michigan

If you are on the Stony Brook University campus, and are interested in attending these presentations, please contact Yanna Krupnikov (yanna.krupnikov (at) stonybrook.edu).


Sponsored by:

National Science Foundation

On-Campus Activities Sponsored by:

Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Stony Brook University

Center for Behavioral Political Economy, Stony Brook University

Center for Inclusive Education, Stony Brook University

Graduate School, Stony Brook University

Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University