The Society for Political Methodology is an academic organization established to support and develop methodological and empirical tools for the study of political science. The open exchange of ideas, the freedom of thought and expression, and respectful scientific debate are central to the aims and goals of the Society for Political Methodology. These require a community and an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. The Society is thus committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion, and to fostering a diverse membership that’s inclusive of racial and ethnic background, disability status, religious belief, age, gender, color, gender identity, national origin, physical appearance, ancestry, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background. In order to foster diversity and inclusion, the Society seeks to provide forums for varied perspectives and an open exchange of ideas in an unbiased and non-prejudicial way. The values expressed in this statement are recognized and supported fully by the leadership of the Society at all levels. The Society will not tolerate behavior that runs counter to these values, as explicitly stated in our accompanying code of conduct.

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SPM Statement on Brigham Young University and Polmeth XXXV.

Credit: Parts of this code of conduct are based on the statement used at the Association of Computational Linguistics and Text as Data. Other parts are based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

SPM Activities and Engagement

ICPSR Scholarships
The Society for Political Methodology and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) have worked together to establish two scholarship awards that are intended to encourage women and under-represented graduate students to attend the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.

AERoPUP Program
The Society for Political Methodology has secured funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support undergraduate empirical research in any and all fields which connects to political questions. We seek to support students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities and other under-represented groups.

Visions in Methodology Meeting
Visions in Methodology (VIM) supports women who study political methodology. In addition to providing a forum to share scholarly work, VIM connects women in a field where they are under-represented. VIM provides opportunities for scholarly progress, networking, and professional mentoring in research and teaching in order to support women in the political methodology community. Averaging about 30 participants, VIM's three-day conference feature research presentations and discussions on both methodological and substantive topics.