Much of the business of the Society is done by its nineteen standing committees. The Society greatly appreciates its hardworking committee chairs and members for their important service to the profession. The
charge and current membership of each standing committee is detailed below.

Annual Meeting Committees

The committee is composed of previous hosts of the summer meeting. The purpose of the committee is to institutionalize what we do well at the meeting and to further innovate as needed for the meeting. The committee will help systematically consider and respond to suggestions, comments, and NSF reviews. The committee also collects information such as the budget and edits a document that can be passed on to the next host of the meeting. The committee serves as a sounding board and source of collective wisdom for planning the meeting. There are separate committees that determine the paper presenters and select graduate students to attend the meeting.

  • Jay Goodliffe, Chair (2018 host)

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Program Committee for the Annual Meeting

The host chairs the committee and, with the President, and selects its membership.The Society President serves ex officio and the committee chair serves for 1 year. The committee selects and invites papers for the Society for Political Methodology's Annual Meeting. They work with and implement suggestions made by the Annual Meeting Committee. The chair of the committee puts the final program together. The committee's membership typically emphasizes local colleagues who can assist in conference organizing, with a consideration to diversity on many relevant dimensions of the committee.

  • 2017: Barry Burden (Chair), John Ahlquist, Benjamin Lauderdale, Suzanna Linn, Jon Pevehouse, Eleanor Powell, Molly Roberts, Alex Tahk

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Graduate Student Selection Committee for the Annual Meeting

The Host and the President select the committee's membership, which typically emphasizes local colleagues who can assist in conference organizing, with a consideration to diversity on many relevant dimensions of the committee. The Society President serves ex officio and the committee chair serves for 1 year. The Graduate Student Selection Committee selects and invites graduate students to attend the Society for Political Methodology's Annual Meeting. The students selected are eligible for National Science Foundation funding and present their work at the poster session at the annual meeting. The committee works with and implements suggestions made by the Annual Meeting Committee with respect to the graduate student experience at the meeting, such as mentoring opportunities.

  • 2017: Barry Burden (Chair), John Ahlquist, Benjamin Lauderdale, Suzanna Linn, Jon Pevehouse, Eleanor Powell, Molly Roberts, Alex Tahk

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Conferences

Section Head for the American Political Science Association's Annual Meeting

Organizes the allotted panels for the Section at the American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting.

  • 2018 meeting: Teppei Yamamoto

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Special Committees

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee's mission is: a) to promote and facilitate diversity within the section, especially with regard to women and other other underrepresented groups within political methodology; b) to improve the professional visibility of women and other minorities within the political methodology field; and c) to monitor and provide oversight with respect to these goals.

(2 year commitment, staggered terms)

  • 2017-2018: Ricio Titiunik (Chair), Danny Hidago, Suzanna Linn, Molly Roberts, Betsy Sinclair

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Internationalization

The internationalization committee helps the society develop and implement initiatives that further internationalize the society.  The activities that foster internationalization include conferences, summer school teaching, and academic exchange programs.  The committee consists of the members of the society from various regions of the world.  

  • 2017-2018: Jong Hee Park (Chair), Santiago Olivella, Ines Levin, Kentaro Fukumoto, Ken Benoit, Vera Troeger 

Corporate Relations

The corporate relations committee helps the society develop mutually beneficial relationships with various companies and other non-academic organizations.  The goal of these relationships is to attract sponsorships, facilitate research collaboration, and promote intellectual exchanges. 

  • 2017-2018: Justin Grimmer (Chair), Erin Hartman, Lynn Vavrek, Jas Sekhon, Doug Rivers 

Award Committees

Gosnell Prize Committee

The Gosnell Prize is given for the best work presented at a conference between May 1st through April 30th. The winner is selected by May 30th and the prize is awarded at the Political Methodology Section's business meeting held at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting.

(Chair serves for 2 years)

  • 2017: Michael Peress (Chair), Matt Blackwell, Marc Ratkovic

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Miller Prize Committee

The Miller Prize is given for the best article published in Political Analysis for the preceding calendar year (ex., 2005 to make the July 1st 2006 deadline). The winner is selected by May 30th and the prize awarded at the Political Methodology Section's business meeting held at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting.

(Chair serves for 2 years)

  • 2017: Jens Hainmueller (Chair), Pablo Barbera, Jennifer Pan, Jonathan Katz (ex-officio)

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Political Methodology Career Award Committee

The Political Methodology Career Award is given to recognize an outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the Political Methodology field.

  • 2017: Rob Franzese (Chair), Lonna Atkeson, Jeff Lewis, Simon Jackman, Wendy Tam Cho

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Emerging Scholar Committee

Solicits nominations and determines the winner of the Society's annual emerging scholar award.

  • 2017: Suzanna Linn (Chair), Sunshine Hillygus, Walter Mebane, Luke Keele

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Excellence in Mentoring Award Committee

The Society for Political Methodology Excellence in Mentoring Award honors members of the Society for Political methodology who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring and advising graduate and/or undergraduate students-particularly those from underrepresented groups.

(2 year commitment)

  • 2017: Maya Sen (Chair), Henry Brady, Phil Schrodt

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Software Award Committee

Solicits nominations and determines the winner of the Society's annual award for innovative software.

  • 2017: Adam Glynn (Chair), Sarah Bouchat, Jeffrey Arnold

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John T. Williams Dissertation Prize Committee

In recognition of John T. Williams' contribution to graduate training, the John T. Williams Award has been established for the best dissertation proposal in the area of political methodology. Proposals are due May 1st and should follow National Science Foundation format guidelines.

(Chair serves for 2 years)

  • 2017: Xun Pang (Chair), Arthur Spirling, Yiqing Xu

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Best Poster Award Committee

The Society for Political Methodology Poster Award is given for the best poster presented at the annual summer Methodology Meeting, which is held in late July. The winner is announced at the APSA Section on Political Methdology business meeting at the end of the Summer, which takes place at the APSA meeting, and the presentation of the award does not occur until the following calendar year's Political Methodology Section's business meeting at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting due to a July 1st deadline from APSA.

(Host chairs committee and, with the President, selects its membership, with a consideration to diversity on many relevant dimensions of the committee)

  • 2017: John Londregan (Chair), Erin Hartman, Ben Lauderdale, Adam Berinsky, Melissa Sands, Dan Hopkins

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Box-Steffensmeier & Garcia ICPSR-Scholarship Selection Committee

  • 2017: Saundra Schneider (Chair), Adrienne Hosek, Lee Walker

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Other Committees

Nominations Committee

The nominations committee provides one nomination for each elective office to be filled. A prospective candidate for elective office of the Association must become a dues-paying member upon filing for office. The Nominating Committee shall make its report to the President by May 30. The Chair of the Nominating Committee or his or her designee shall present the Committee’s slate of nominees to the Annual Business Meeting.

(3 year terms)

  • 2017: Simon Jackman  (Chair), Kevin Quinn, Sara Mitchell

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Publications Committee

The Publications Committee is an advisory board concerning publication of Political Analysis and The Political Methodologist. The committee is charged with overseeing and negotiating the contract with the publisher of Political Analysis and nominating and contacting potential future editors for both publications. These two publications are vitally important to the section's membership.

(Political Analysis and The Political Methodologist; 3 year rotation commitment)

  • 2017: Neal Beck (Chair), R. Michael Alvarez (ex-officio), Kosuke Imai (ex-officio), Jeffrey B. Lewis, Justin Esarey, Jamie Monogan, Jeff Gill

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Long Range Planning Committee

The Long Range Planning Committee is charged with planning for the growth and institutionalization of the section. The committee is charged with looking 5, 10, and 20 years ahead to see how we can continue our reputation of innovating for the betterment of the section.

(3 year commitment, staggered terms)

  • 2017: Janet Box-Steffensmeier (Chair), Gary King, Jeffrey Lewis, Kevin Quinn, Wendy Tam Cho, Jake Bowers

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Former Committees

Section Head for the European Political Science Association's Annual Meeting

Organizes the allotted panels for the Section at the European Political Science Association's Annual Meeting. This has been inactive since 2015. 

  • 2015 meeting: Dominik Hangartner
  • 2014 meeting: Benjamin Lauderdale
  • 2013 meeting: Luke Keele
  • 2012 meeting: Bill Clark and Marco Steenbergen
  • 2011 meeting: Jude Hays

Undergraduate and Graduate Methodology Committee

This committee has been inactive since 2013.

  • 2006-2013: Lonna Atkeson (Chair), Garrett Glasgow, Paul Gronke, Dean Lacy, Alan Zuckerman