PolMeth XXXV

SPM Statement on Brigham Young University and Polmeth XXXV.

Please read this joint statement by SPM, BYU and the APSA LGBT Status Committee.

The 35th annual meeting of the Society for Political Methodology will be hosted by Brigham Young University July 18th-21st 2018.

Key dates

March 7: Call for Papers

April 19: Paper Proposal Deadline

May 18: Application Decisions

June 8: Registration Deadline

July 18-21: Conference

The organizers are grateful for the support and funding provided by the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science, and the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.

2018 Conference Program Committee: Cassy Dorff, Justin Esarey, Jay Goodliffe (Chair), Alex Tahk, Rocio Titiunik, Curt Signorino, Betsy Sinclair, Teppei Yamamoto

Travel and accommodation

Polmeth XXXV will take place at the Provo Marriott: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcvo-provo-marriott-hotel-and-conference-center/

The Marriott is offering delegates a reduced rate on rooms during the conference. To book a room with the reduced rate, click here.

For more detailed travel information, click here.


Apply to Attend / Present

Call for Proposals for the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society of Political Methodology at Brigham Young University, July 18-21, 2018.

Click here to apply to attend the summer meeting.

The Program Committee invites applications to participate in the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology (PolMeth XXXV). This year’s meeting will be hosted by Brigham Young University with partial support from the National Science Foundation, and take place at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center July 18-21, 2018. We look forward to a meeting of terrific and exciting scholarly exchange. The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 19, 2018. This deadline is firm and will not be extended.

We are also pleased to announce that the Society is partnering with Visions in Methodology (VIM) to hold a special half-day event designed to promote the careers of women scholars working in political methodology. The Women in Political Methodology sessions will be held on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The program will consist of women-only panels, with both men and women participants encouraged to be in the audience. Scholars who self-identify as women, non-binary or genderqueer are encouraged to indicate in their application that they would be interested in presenting during these sessions. Accepted participants to the Women in Political Methodology sessions will have their travel and conference expenses covered for the entire duration of the meeting (July 18-21).

This year, to encourage broader participation, we plan to have a larger number of panels and presentations. We welcome two types of proposals:

  • Papers with a focus on methodological innovation: these are papers whose central contribution is to develop methodological tools
  • Papers with a focus on application: these are papers that do not develop new methodology, and instead employ existing methods creatively to answer substantive questions

As part of your application, please flag the mode with which you would like to present. These include:

  • Regular presentations (single 40 minute presentation, 20 minute discussant, 20 minute Q&A)
  • Short presentations (3-5 papers in one session)
  • Roundtables (3-5 participants leading a discussion on a selected topics)
  • Posters

Everyone who wants to attend and/or present should apply. This includes:

  • Faculty members who wish to present their research as a paper or a poster, serve as a discussant, or simply attend the conference
  • Non-academic (e.g., corporation, government agencies) researchers who wish to attend the conference in any role
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who wish to attend or present a poster (important note: graduate students also require a letter of support from an advisor; see below)
  • Women faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who wish to present a paper on Wednesday (important note: graduate students also require a letter of support from an advisor; see below)

We recognize that strength comes through diversity and actively seek, welcome, and encourage people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities to apply and attend.

As outlined in the Statement of Diversity and Inclusion, the Society for Political Methodology is committed to fostering a community that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that promotes understanding and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. We are thus dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for all participants at this meeting. Starting this year, we will require all attendees to adhere to the Society’s Code of Conduct. The BYU Department of Political Science endorses the Statement of Diversity and Inclusion, and endorses the Code of Conduct.

Program Committee:
Cassy Dorff, Justin Esarey, Jay Goodliffe (Chair), Alex Tahk, Rocio Titiunik, Curt Signorino, Betsy Sinclair, Teppei Yamamoto




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. Women faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students may also apply to present a paper on Wednesday afternoon. We encourage proposals that develop new, generally applicable techniques, as well as innovative applications of existing techniques to any substantive subfield of political science are also very welcome.

Proposal guidelines: Proposals for paper and/or poster presentations at the conference should be between 250 and 500 words and summarize the research question, investigative methodology, and findings.

Funding opportunities: Courtesy of the National Science Foundation, we are able to fund 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, female junior faculty and graduate students and those from historically under-represented groups. Other faculty are expected to seek support from their home institutions or otherwise use their own 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 web form and are due on Monday, April 15, 2018. They are typically 2 to 3 paragraphs in length and discuss the student’s poster (or paper) 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 April 19, 2018 deadline.

This year’s Program Committee is comprised of Cassy Dorff, Justin Esarey, Jay Goodliffe, Curt Signorino, Betsy Sinclair, Alex Tahk, Rocio Titiunik, Teppei Yamamoto.

Questions or concerns above the host site and program logistics of the meeting can be directed to polmeth@byu.edu.

Questions regarding general procedures, practices, and other matters of the Society or the conference can be directed to Kosuke Imai (kimai@princeton.edu).