2010 – University of Iowa

2008 | 2011

March 18th-20th, 2010
Department of Political Science, University of Iowa
Hosted by Sara McLaughlin Mitchell & Caroline Tolbert

The 2010 Visions in Methodology Conference for Women in Political Methodology will feature two senior scholars, Janet Box-Steffensmeier (Ohio State University), and Marianne Stewart (University of Texas at Dallas), as well as participation by over a dozen other female scholars. This is the second in a series of workshops designed to bring together female faculty whose research interests are related to political methodology. It is sponsored by the Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics Program, the Political Science Program at National Science Foundation, and the University of Iowa Department of Political Science Bose Lecture Series. The three-day workshop will highlight scholarly presentations and discussions on both methodological and substantive topics, represented by both junior and senior faculty across several subfields in political science. The first VIM conference in 2008 was hosted by Jan Box-Steffensmeier and Corrine McConnaughy at Ohio State University. The conferences are designed to balance opportunities for scientific advancement, networking and professional mentoring on an intimate scale. This 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. The two key themes that emerged from these reports included the need for better networking and more systematic mentoring.

CONFERENCE ASSISTANTS: Allison Hamilton, Amanda Keller, & Vanessa Lefler

We are extremely grateful to the staff in the Political Science Department at the University of Iowa for their assistance: Karen Stewart, Carole Eldeen, & Wendy Durant.


Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics Program, National Science Foundation
Political Science Program, National Science Foundation
University of Iowa Department of Political Science Bose Lecture Series

Program schedule

Thursday, March 18th
6:30-9:30pm Dinner at Sheraton Hotel, Johnson Room, 6:30-9:30pm

Opening Discussing and Senior Autobiographies
Janet Box Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University
Marianne C. Stewart, The University of Texas at Dallas

Friday, March 19th
Continental breakfast, The Commons, 302 Schaeffer Hall

8:30-9:15 “See Jane Run (for Congress): Re-examining Voter Bias, 1992-2000” Melanie J. Springer, Washington University at St. Louis
Discussant: Heather L. Ondercin, Louisiana State University

9:15-10:00 “Ted Kennedy, Orin Hatch, and other Strange Bedfellows: A Network Explanation of Legislative Voting” Jennifer N. Victor, University of Pittsburgh
Discussant: Tracy Osborn, University of Iowa

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-11:15 “The Flipside of Flip-Flopping: Citizen Preferences, Leader Inconsistency and the War in Iraq” Sarah E. Croco, University of Maryland
Discussant: Corrine McConnaughy, The Ohio State University

11:15-12:00 “Cosmopolitanism” Lynn Vavreck, University of California, Los Angeles
Discussant: Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa

12:00-1:00pm Lunch, catered by New Pioneer Co-op

1:15-2:00 Career/Gender Discussion #1: Networking and Mentoring (Moderators: Janet Box-Steffensmeier and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell):
Conference Room, 2520D UCC

  • Blau, Francine, Rachel Croson, Janet Currie, and Donna K. Ginther. 2009. “Can Mentoring Help Female Assistant Professors? An Evaluation of a Randomized Trial.” Working paper.
  • Monroe, Kristen, Saba Ozyurt, Ted Wrigley, and Amy Alexander. 2008. “Gender Equality in Academia: Bad News from the Trenches and Some Possible Solutions.” Perspectives on Politics 6(2): 215-233.

2:00-2:45 Career/Gender Discussion #2: Self-promotion and Promotion of Women (Moderators: Saundra Schneider, Caroline Tolbert, and Lynn

  • Babcock and Laschever. 2003. Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. Princeton University Press. Pp. 1-61.
  • Trix, Frances and Carolyn Psenka. 2003. “Exploring the Color of Glass: Letters of Recommendation for Female and Male
    Medical Faculty.” Discourse & Society 14(2): 191-220.

2:45-3:15 Afternoon break in The Commons, 302 Schaeffer Hall

3:15-4:00 “UN Intervention and Rebel Killings” Megan Shannon, University of Mississippi
Discussant: Jacqueline H.R. DeMeritt

4:00-4:45 “How Crisis Shapes Attitudes: Hurricane Katrina, External Efficacy and Public Confidence in Government” Lonna Atkeson, University of New Mexico
Discussant: Marianne C. Stewart

4:45-5:30 “When is it Rational to Redistribute? A Cross-national Examination of Attitudes Toward Redistribution” Michelle Dion, McMaster University
Discussant: Saundra K. Schneider, Michigan State University

7:15-9:30pm Dinner at Blackstone, meet in Sheraton lobby at 6:45pm

Saturday, March 20th
Continental breakfast, the Commons, 302 Schaeffer Hall

Career/Gender Discussion #3: Future Diversity Efforts in Political Methodology (Moderators: Vicki Hesli, Sara Mitchell & Caroline Tolbert)

  • American Political Science Association. 2005. Women’s Advancement in Political Science: A Report of the APSA Workshop on the Advancement of Women in Academic Political Science in the United States.
  • Vicki Hesli (University of Iowa) will talk to us about the survey she conducted for the American Political Science Association.

“Turning Personal Experience into Political Attitudes: The Effect of Local Weather on Americans’ Perceptions about Global Warming”
Megan Mullin, Temple University; Discussant: Lonna Atkeson, University of New Mexico

Coffee break

“Graphical Displays for Political Science Journal Articles”
Saundra Schneider, Michigan State University; Discussant: Wendy L. Martinek, Binghamton University and NSF

“Who is Responsible for the Gender Gap? Party Realignments and the Dynamics of Men’s and Women’s Democratic Macropartisanship, 1950-2008”
Heather L. Ondercin, Louisiana State University; Discussant: Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa

Lunch, catered by Z’Mariks

“Strengthening the Experimenter’s Toolbox: Statistical Estimation of Internal Validity”
Corrine McConnaughy, The Ohio State University; Discussant: Lynn Vavreck, University of California, Los Angeles

“Matching and Experiments: Causal Inferences Without Full Randomization”
Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago; Discussant: Janet Box-Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University

“Estimating Binary Dependent Variable Models Under Conditions of Specification Ambiguity”
Jacqueline H.R. DeMeritt, University of North Texas; Discussant: Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago

Wrap up discussion and afternoon break

Campus tour and happy hour (optional)

Dinner at Saloon, meet in Sheraton lobby at 6:45pm