Special Issue of TPM: Diversity and the Society for Political Methodology

The editors of The Political Methodologist and Meg Shannon of Florida State University are calling for papers for a special issue of TPM addressing diversity in the methods community!

Why should we support efforts to nurture diversity within the political methodology society? The Society for Political Methodology has pursued a number of initiatives to increase the participation of women and minorities in the society. These initiatives include funding for underrepresented groups to attend the summer meeting, a dinner for women preceding the summer meeting, and the Visions in Methodology conference.

In order to assess these efforts, communicate the results of these initiatives, and spark a broader conversation, the editors of The Political Methodologist are devoting a special issue to diversity in the society. We request submissions that speak to the effect of diversity (or lack thereof) on scholarship and career advancement, assess the impact of diversity initiatives, and/or suggest ways to further enhance diversity in the political methodology community.

Topics addressed may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • special obstacles that women and minority graduate students face when pursuing a methodology career
  • diversity and the culture of the Society for Political Methodology
  • mentoring as a tool for enhancing diversity
  • impact assessments of initiatives, such as Visions in Methodology and summer meeting funding, ICPSR scholarships for women and minorities, and/or proposals for new initiatives

Submissions should be between 2000-4000 words, and should be sent to thepoliticalmethodologist@gmail.com by February 28, 2014. Accepted articles will be featured on our blog, and also in the print edition of TPM.

If you’re interested in contributing to the special issue and would like to talk about prospective contributions before writing/submitting, please feel free to contact Justin Esarey (justin@justinesarey.com) or Meg Shannon (mshannon@fsu.edu).

About Justin Esarey

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rice University.
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