Call for Proposals for the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Political Methodology at Rice University, July 21-23rd, 2016

The Program Committee invites applications to attend and / or participate in the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology. This year’s meeting will be hosted by Rice University’s Department of Political Science in Houston, TX. The conference will include panel presentations of a single project and poster sessions for faculty members and graduate students that will provide ample opportunity for rich interaction and scholarly interchange.

Who should apply:

  • Faculty members who wish to present their research as a paper or a poster
  • Faculty members who wish to serve as a discussant
  • Faculty members who wish to attend the conference without presenting
  • Junior faculty members who wish to be considered for travel funding
  • Graduate students who wish to attend or present a poster (important note: graduate students also require a letter of support from an advisor; see below)

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 28th, 2016. This deadline is firm and will not be extended.

Click here to apply to attend the summer meeting:

What can be proposed: Faculty applicants are invited to propose a poster, a paper; to act as a discussant; or simply to attend the meeting. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to propose a poster presentation—which has a long history of being career-enhancing—but may also apply just to attend. All research topics relevant to political methodology are welcome.

Funding opportunities: Courtesy of the National Science Foundation, we are able to fund about 30 graduate students whose poster proposals are selected as the most promising. All graduate students need to supply a letter from a faculty sponsor. Also through this NSF grant, we are able to fund, as part of a diversity initiative, a limited number of junior faculty and graduate students from historically under-represented groups as well as junior faculty at departments with restricted travel funds. Other faculty are expected to seek support from their home institutions or otherwise use their own support funds to cover their travel and hotel expenses.

Notice to graduate students and their advisors: Each graduate student attendee must have his or her application supported by a faculty recommendation. These recommendations are submitted through a webform and are due on Monday, March 28, 2016. They are typically 2 to 4 paragraphs in length and discuss the student’s poster proposal, methodological training, and any other information that would be relevant for the Program Committee. We strongly encourage students to give their potential recommenders as much advance notice as possible and to inform them of the March 28, 2016 deadline.

Recommendations can be submitted at this link:

Questions or concerns above the host site and program logistics of the meeting can be directed to Justin Esarey,

Questions regarding general procedures, practices, and other matters of the Society or the Conference can be directed to Jeffrey B. Lewis,

Questions regarding the WUSTL application form can be directed to Jacob M. Montgomery,

This year’s Program Committee is: Justin Esarey (Chair, Rice University); Molly Roberts (UC San Diego); Rick Wilson (Rice University); Maya Sen (Harvard University); Paul Kellstedt (Texas A&M); Michelle Dion (McMaster University); Kevin Clarke (University of Rochester); Meg Shannon (UC Boulder); Jeff Lewis (ex-officio, UCLA / Society President).

About Justin Esarey

Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University.
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