Thursday, August 29

Applying Process Tracing in Practice

Thu, August 29, 8:00 to 9:30am, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Ingo Rohlfing, Universität zu Köln

  • How careful Thinking about Activities Improves Evidence using Process Tracing.- Derek Beach, University of Aarhus
  • Applying Bayesian Process Tracing in Evaluation Case Studies- 
    Johannes Schmitt, German institute for Development Evaluation/Magdalena Orth/Gunnar Gotz, German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)
  • Letting Evidence Speak for Itself: How to Measure Confidence in Mechanisms - Barbara Befani

Political Ethnography and Fieldwork in the Study of Contemporary Populism

Thu, August 29, 10:00 to 11:30am, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Biko Koenig, Franklin & Marshall College

  • Mobilization on Whose Margins? Anti-Racist Action in the US and Canada - Kanisha Bond, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Feminist Politics and Left-Populist Parties. An Ethnographic Study of Podemos - Paloma Caravantes-Gonzalez
  • White Victimhood Gone Viral: South African Farm Violence Activists - Carolyn Ethel Holmes, Mississippi State University
  • Populism, Nationalism, and Conceptual Stretching - Jaime Gerardo Lluch, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Advances in Mixed Methodology

Thu, August 29, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

ChairSeth Pipkin, University of California, Irvine

  • Bringing Events Back In: Aspirations, Slack and Institutional Change - Seth Pipkin, University of California, Irvine/ Alberto Jose Fuentes
  • Machine Learning and the Deliberative Quality Index in Canada’s Territories - Eleonore Fournier-Tombs, McGill University/Michael Kenneth MacKenzie, University of Pittsburgh
  • Trust but Verify – Mechanistic Heterogeneity and Multi-method Research - Derek Beach, University of Aarhus/ Markus Bjoern Siewert, TU Munich

Poster Session: Qualitative and Multi-Method Research

Thu, August 29, 2:00 to 2:30pm, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

  • Does Anyone Care; Inclusion in the INGO-NGO Sector, Evidence from Pakistan - Laila Farooq, Institute of Business Administration (IBA)
  • Quantitative Content Analysis in Political Analysis - Michael Bartee, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Modeling Subnational Risk of Acute Malnutrition in Conflict-Affected Settings - Ravi Bhavnani, The Graduate Institute, Geneva/Karsten Donnay, University of Konstanz/Mirko Reul, Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Transformation of the Global Intellectual Property Regime - Nazan Bedirhanoglu, Binghamton University

Gender, Institutions, and Intersections and Beyond

Thu, August 29, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Liza Mugge, University of Amsterdam


  • Christina Xydias, Clarkson University
  • Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, University of Miami
  • Angelika von Wahl, Lafayette College
  • Erica Townsend-Bell, Oklahoma State University
  • Fiona C. Barker, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Merike Blofield, University of Miami
  • Wendy G. Smooth, The Ohio State University

Transparent Qualitative Research: Evaluating Annotation for Transparent Inquiry

Thu, August 29, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown University


  • Rachel Maureen Myrick, Stanford University
  • Markus Bjoern Siewert, TU Munich
  • Lindsay Rose Mayka, Colby College
  • Theo Milonopoulos, Columbia University
  • Paul Musgrave, University of Massachusetts
  • Sebastian Karcher, Syracuse University

Friday, August 30

"Bringing Fieldwork Back In-" To Political Science Research

Fri, August 30, 8:00 to 9:30am, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Gale A. Mattox, U.S. Naval Academy

  • "Analytic Iteration in Field Research" - Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown University/Lauren M. MacLean, Indiana University, Bloomington/Benjamin L. Read, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Quick Immersions: Fieldwork in Authoritarian Conflict Zones - Deborah L. Wheeler, U.S. Naval Academy
  • The Power of Ethnography: What Micro-Level Observation Reveals - Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Emory University
  • The Relevance of Fieldwork: from the United States to Nepal - Susan L Ostermann, University of Notre Dame


  • Roselyn Hsueh, Temple University
  • Rebecca Bill Chavez, United States Naval Academy

Dealing with the Replication Crisis

Fri, August 30, 10:00 to 11:30am, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Megan Becker, University of Southern California

  • Ethics and Openness in Qualitative Research - Elisabeth Jean Wood, Yale University/Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown University
  • Replicating the Resource Curse: Ross (2004) and Qualitative Replication - Megan Becker, University of Southern California/Jonathan Markowitz, University of Southern California
  • Reliability of Inference: Analogs of Replication in Qualitative Research - Tasha A. Fairfield, London School of Economics/Andrew Charman, University of California, Berkeley
  • Robustness in Qualitative Comparative Analysis - Ingo Rohlfing, Universität zu Köln/Ayjeren Rozyjumayeva/Jan Schwalbach, University of Cologne


  • James Mahoney, Northwestern University
  • Cassandra Emmons, Princeton University

Community Resilience

Fri, August 30, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Brianna White, Northwestern University

  • Communities of Refugees - Jennifer M. Larson, Vanderbilt University
  • Locked In: How Incarceration Impacts Political Development - Brianna White, Northwestern University


  • Tommaso Pavone, Princeton University

Critical Junctures: Juxtaposing Methods, Triangulating among Divergent Findings

Fri, August 30, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Washington Hilton, TBA

Chair: Robert R. Kaufman, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

  • Quantification and Critical Junctures: Evaluating New Quantitative Studies - Gerardo L. Munck, University of Southern California
  • A New Critical Juncture? Party System Transformation in South American Politics - Samuel Handlin, Swarthmore College
  • Do Types of Regime Transitions Matter? Enduring Legacies of Paths to Democracy - Robert M. Fishman, Carlos III University, Madrid


  • Taylor C. Boas, Boston University
  • Kenneth M. Roberts, Cornell University

Qualitative Field Research, Research Quality & Research Transparency

Fri, August 30, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown University

  • Shadowing as a Tool for Studying Elites - Jennifer L. Bussell, University of California, Berkeley
  • How to Report Interviews? Substantiating Claims with Interview Data - Andres Vargas, Yale University/ Juan Masullo, University of Oxford
  • Interviewing for Process Tracing - Juan Masullo, University of Oxford/Ezequiel Alejo Gonzalez Ocantos, University of Oxford
  • Problems of Attributing Civil War Violence: Evaluating Data Quality - Rachel Sweet, University of Notre Dame


  • Elisabeth Jean Wood, Yale University

Saturday, August 31

Innovations in Case Study Methods

Sat, August 31, 8:00 to 9:30am, Omni Shoreham, TBA

Chair: Ingo Rohlfing, Universität zu Köln

  • Assessing the Value Added of Set-Theoretic Methods - James Mahoney, Northwestern University
  • Testing Your Rivals: A Case Selection Framework for Testing Competing Hypotheses- Sherry Zaks, Stanford University – CISAC/Melissa Anne Carlson, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bayesian Nested Analysis - Ingo Rohlfing, Universität zu Köln/Lion Behrens, University of Mannheim
  • Spatial Mixed Methods: From Case Study to Model - Matthew C. Ingram, University at Albany, SUNY/Imke Harbers, University of Amsterdam


  • Eleanor Knott, London School of Economics

People in Politics

Sat, August 31, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Omni Shoreham, TBA

Chair: Nicole Kliewer, Princeton University

  • Direct Election, Bureaucratic Appointment, and Responsiveness in Taiwan - Sara A. Newland, Smith College
  • The Values and Vices of Veteran Voices - Nicole Kliewer, Princeton University
  • Patterns of Islamist Mobilization and the Limits of Partisan Participation - Justin Glenn Curtis, University of Arizona


  • Stephanie Schwartz, University of Southern California

Positionality and Reflexivity in Political Science I: The Domestic Context

Sat, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Timothy Pachirat, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Cosponsor: Interpretive Methodologies and Methods

  • Mapping Movements: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Violence in Academia - Natasha Behl, Arizona State University, West Campus
  • Mapping Judicialization: On the Politics of Methodological Pluralism - Leila Kawar, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Ambiguities of Belonging: Challenging the Insider/Outsider Divide in Ethnography - Ramon Garibaldo Valdez, Yale University
  • The Muslim in Muslim Politics - Hajer Al-Faham, University of Pennsylvania Discussants:
  • Michelle Day Weitzel, The New School for Social Research

Positionality and Reflexivity in Political Science II: The International Context

Sat, August 31, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair:  Aarie Glas, Northern Illinois University

Cosponsor: Interpretive Methodologies and Methods

  • Homecoming with a New Identity: Returning “Home” for Field Research - Yi-Chun Chien, University of Ottawa
  • Power, Positionality, and Positions of Power: Reflexivity in Elite Interviewing - Aarie Glas, Northern Illinois University
  • Positionality and the (In)visible Labor of Research Assistants - Syahar Banu, Human Rights Watch/Jessica Soedirgo, University of Toronto
  • The World at the Door: Problematizing the Local/International Dichotomy - Eleanor Knott, London School of Economics/ Audrey Alejandro, London School of Economic.


  • Dvora Yanow, Wageningen University
  • Nicholas Rush Smith, CUNY-City College

Sunday, September 1

Multi-Epistemological Research: An Integrative Approach

Sun, September 1, 8:00 to 9:30am, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Benjamin Smith, University of Florida

  • Nations on Exhibit: Divergent Nation-Building Trajectories in Tanzania and Kenya - Mary Victoria Gorham
  • Everyday Ethics in Disasters: How Local Communities Shape Crisis Politics - Sarah E. Parkinson, Johns Hopkins University/Valerie de Koeijer, Johns Hopkins University
  • Interpretivist Black Feminism: Understanding the Social Significance of Respect - Lahoma Thomas, University of Toronto
  • National Identity and Restrictions on LGBT Reproductive Rights - Anna Weissman


  • Erica S. Simmons, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Pathways to Peace

Sun, September 1, 10:00 to 11:30am, Marriott Wardman Park, TBA

Chair: Julia Leib, Goethe University

  • Against All Odds: The Mechanisms Behind Different Pathways to Sustainable Peace - Julia Leib, Goethe University
  • Explaining NATO and the European Union’s Responses to Peacebuilding - Ivan Dinev Ivanov, University of Cincinnati / Igor Kovac, University of Cincinnati 
  • Words as Weapons: Military Missions, Autonomy, and Contestation in Brazil - Edward Littlefield, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Douglas Block, University of Pittsburgh