2016 – UC Davis/UC Merced

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Visions in Methodology 2016

Hosted by UC Davis and UC Merced

May 16 – 18, 2016


Program Committee:dscn4467

Amber Boydstun (UC Davis)

Courtenay Conrad (UC Merced)

Emily Ritter (UC Merced)

The 2016 meeting was sponsored by:

  • National Science Foundation
  • UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences
  • UC Davis Department of Political Science
  • UC Merced School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
  • UC Merced Political Science Unit
  • UC Merced Tony Coehlo Endowed Chair of Public Policy
  • UC Merced Graduate Division
  • UC Merced Academic Personnel Office


VIM 2016 Full Program:

Monday, May 16, 2016

4:30pm Registration (UC Davis Alumni Center)

5:00pm Drinks & Dinner

6:15pm Welcome and Introductions: Amber Boydstun (UC Davis)

6:30pm Featured Autobiographies:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

9:00-9:30am Registration & Coffee/Tea (Putah Creek Lodge)

9:30-10:10am Presentation: Lisa Bryant (Cal State, Fresno) and Julia Marin Hellwege (University of New Mexico), “Working Moms Represent: Fighting for Family-Friendly Policies in Congress”

Discussant: Nichole Bauer (University of Alabama)

10:10-10:25am Break

10:25-11:05am Presentation: Alison Craig (Ohio State University), “Crafting a Broad Appeal: Audiences and Collaborators in the U.S. House of Representatives”

Discussant: Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan)

11:05-11:20am Break

11:20-11:50am Senior scholar presentation: Hanna Wallach (Microsoft Research), “Bayesian Poisson Tucker Decomposition for International Relations”

11:50am-1:50pm Women participants only: Lunch and Professionalization Roundtable 1: “The Perpetuation of Implicit Biases Through Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication”

Moderator: Courtenay Conrad (UC Merced)

Featured speakers:

  • Nicholas Palomeres (UC Davis)
  • Ryan Louis (Ottawa University)
  • Kim Shauman (UC Davis)
  • Video postcard from Emily Beaulieu (University of Kentucky)

1:50-2:30pm Presentation: Laurel Eckhouse (UC Berkeley), “Making the Law by Measuring its Enforcers: Quantitative Management in Policing”

Discussant: Courtenay Conrad (UC Merced)

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-3:25pm Presentation: Sharece Thrower (University of Pittsburgh), “The Constraining Power of the Purse: Executive Discretion and Legislative Appropriations” (coauthored with Alexander Bolton)

Discussant: Yanna Krupnikov (Stony Brook University)

3:25-4:00pm Walk in arboretum

4:00-4:40pm Presentation: Sarah Bush (Temple University), “An Experiment on the Use of Electronic Devices to Collect Survey Data” (coauthored with Lauren Prather)

Discussant: Caroline Tolbert (University of Iowa)

5:30pm Drinks & Dinner (John Scott’s home)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

9:00-9:30am Coffee/Tea (Putah Creek Lodge)

9:30-10:10am Presentation: Baobao Zhang (Yale University), “Methodology for Regression Discontinuity Design Using Survey Data”

Discussant: Vera E. Troeger (University of Warwick)

10:10-10:25am Break

10:25-11:05am Presentation: Sofia B. Vera Rojas (University of Pittsburgh), “The Heterogeneous Effect of Corruption: Experimental Evidence from Peru”

Discussant: Lisa García Bedolla (UC Berkeley)

11:05-11:20am Break

11:20-11:50am Senior scholar presentation: Vera E. Troeger (University of Warwick), “Bridging the Gap Between Strength and Validity: How to increase the efficiency of weak continuous instruments”

11:50am-1:50pm For both men and women: Lunch and Professionalization Roundtable 2: “Increasing Women’s Visibility in Political Methodology: Evidence and Advice for Both Women and Men”

Moderator: Emily Ritter (UC Merced)

Featured speakers:

  • Jeff Colgan (Brown University)
  • John Sides (George Washington University)
  • Amber Boydstun (UC Davis) & Yanna Krupnikov (Stony Brook University)

1:50-2:30pm Presentation: Georgia Kernell (UCLA), “Party Organizations and Voter-Candidate Congruence”

Discussant: Ellie Powell (University of Wisconsin)

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-3:25pm Presentation: Tess Wise (Harvard University), “The Limits of Causal Inference”

Discussant: Jennifer Pan (Stanford University)

3:25-4:00pm Walk in arboretum

4:00-4:30pm Senior scholar presentation: Monika Nalepa (University of Chicago) and Milena Ang (University of Chicago), “Transitional Justice and the Quality of Representation”

4:30pm VIM 2017: Yanna Krupnikov (Stony Brook University)

4:40pm Closing discussion: Amber Boydstun (UC Davis)

5:00pm Women participants only: Drinks & Dinner (Putah Creek Lodge)


VIM 2016 Participants:

  • Milena Ang (University of Chicago)
  • Melissa Baker (UC Merced)
  • Nichole Bauer (University of Alabama)
  • Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan)
  • Cory Belden (UC Davis)
  • Amber Boydstun (UC Davis)
  • Lisa Bryant (Cal State, Fresno)
  • Sarah Bush (Temple University)
  • Christy Cahill (UC Davis)
  • Kayla Canelo (UC Merced)
  • Chelsea Coe (UC Merced)
  • Courtenay R. Conrad (UC Merced)
  • Alison Craig (Ohio State University)
  • Hannah Dillman (UC Davis)
  • Laurel Eckhouse (UC Berkeley)
  • Heather Elko McKibben (UC Davis)
  • Lisa García Bedolla (UC Berkeley)
  • Emily Hencken Ritter (UC Merced)
  • Adrienne Hosek (UC Davis)
  • Jaime Jackson (UC Davis)
  • Danielle Joesten Martin (Sacramento State)
  • Emily Kalah Gade (University of Washington)
  • Georgia Kernell (UCLA)
  • Yanna Krupnikov (Stony Brook University)
  • Ashley Leeds (Rice University)
  • Debra Leiter (University of Missouri-Kansas City)
  • Julia Marin Hellwege (University of New Mexico)
  • Shawna Metzger (National University of Singapore)
  • Monika Nalepa (University of Chicago)
  • Annerose Nisser (University of Konstanz)
  • Jen Pan (Stanford University)
  • Lauren Peritz (UC Davis)
  • Ellie Powell (University of Wisconsin)
  • Tessa Provins (UC Merced)
  • Tesalia Rizzo (MIT)
  • Mari Rodriguez (UC Davis)
  • Annelise Russell (University of Texas-Austin)
  • Melissa Sands (Harvard University)
  • Katherine Sawyer (University of Maryland)
  • Kelsey Shoub (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Tricia Sullivan (UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Sharece Thrower (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Caroline Tolbert (University of Iowa)
  • Vera E. Troeger (University of Warwick)
  • Mona Vakilifathi (UCSD)
  • Sofia B. Vera Rojas (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Kau Vue (UC Merced)
  • Hanna Wallach (Microsoft Research)
  • Emily West (NYU)
  • Tess Wise (Harvard University)
  • Ashley Woo (UC Merced)
  • Baobao Zhang (Yale University)