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Political Science Research Workshop

The Political Science Research Workshop is a venue for graduate students and faculty to present and receive feedback on work in progress. Dissertation chapters, article manuscripts and dissertation proposal drafts comprise the bulk of our presentations. Students who are on the job market and anticipate interviews in the near future may also present a practice job talk.

The PSRW provides a venue to learn critical skills for practicing political scientists. Presenters and discussants learn to give and receive constructive feedback and to utilize this type of intellectual exchange to improve the quality of their written research. Additionally, attendance allows students and faculty to become familiar with the work of their colleagues.

On top of all that… we’ll have lunch!

Please join us most Fridays from 12:00-1:30 pm in the political science department seminar room (100A Eggers) unless otherwise indicated. No RSVP is required, but all attendees are expected to read the paper before the workshop session and to come ready to offer constructive feedback. Papers will be posted to this website approximately one week before the session (see links below).

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Danielle Thomsen.


Fall 2017

September 8th, 2017
Job market workshop with FPP 
Followed by speakers from Campbell, Moynihan, and INSCT for first-year graduate students.
Speakers: Emily Thorson, Steven White, and Kelli Young (Maxwell career services)

September 22nd, 2017
Dongshu Liu
Title: "Racial Competition and Partisanship Within Racial Minority Groups: The Case of Asian Americans"
Discussant: Nathaniel Carrington

October 13th, 2017
Drew Kinney
Practice Job Talk
Title: "Politicians at Arms: Civilian Involvement in Military Coups d'état"

October 20th, 2017
Lindsey Burt
Practice Job Talk
Title: TBA

November 3rd, 2017
David Arceneaux
Title:  "Set to Fail? The Origins of Command and Control in Regional Nuclear Powers."
Discussant: Kyungwon Suh

November 17th, 2017
Prema Kurien (Sociology)
Title: "Immigrants and US Elections: Race, Religion, and Indian American Partisan Identities"
Discussant: Joel Kersting

December 1st, 2017
Dimitar Gueorguiev
Title: "Blurring the Lines: Measuring Self-Censorship Under Autocracy"
Discussant: Pedram Maghsoud-Nia


Spring 2018

January 26th, 2018
Teaching Workshop with FPP  

February 9th, 2018
Kyungwon Suh
Title: "Does Nuclear Superiority Matter? General Deterrence between Nuclear States, 1949-2000"
Discussant: David Arceneaux

February 23rd, 2018
Laurence Thomas
Title: "Trust as the Majestic Social Anchor"
Discussant: Laura Jenkins

March 9th, 2018
Simon Weschle
Title: "Cash for Access? The Outside Earnings of Politicians"
Discussant: Aykut Ozturk

March 23rd, 2018
Charles Crabtree (Michigan)
Workshop on Data Transparency and Reproducibility
Sponsored by Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)

April 13th, 2018
Colleen Burton
Title: "How do party nomination practices in single member district systems affect female representation? A study of the Canadian provinces"
Discussant: Catriona Standfield

April 27th, 2018
Elise Roberts
Title: "500 Days of Summits: Face-to-Face Diplomacy and Interstate Cooperation"
Discussant: Angely Martinez