Visions in Methodology (VIM) Conference

March 18th-20th, 2010

Department of Political Science, University of Iowa

Hosted by Sara McLaughlin Mitchell & Caroline Tolbert

The 2010 Visions in Methodology Conference for Women in Political Methodology will feature two senior scholars, Janet Box-Steffensmeier (Ohio State University), and Marianne Stewart (University of Texas at Dallas), as well as participation by over a dozen other female scholars. This is the second in a series of workshops designed to bring together female faculty whose research interests are related to political methodology. It is sponsored by the Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics Program, the Political Science Program at National Science Foundation, and the University of Iowa Department of Political Science Bose Lecture Series. The three-day workshop will highlight scholarly presentations and discussions on both methodological and substantive topics, represented by both junior and senior faculty across several subfields in political science. The first VIM conference in 2008 was hosted by Jan Box-Steffensmeier and Corrine McConnaughy at Ohio State University. The conferences are designed to balance opportunities for scientific advancement, networking and professional mentoring on an intimate scale. This new initiative implements recommendations from the recent National Academy of Sciences reports, the APSA Workshop on the Advancement of Women in Academic Political Science, and the 2006 Political Methodology Long Range Strategic Planning Committee Report. The two key themes that emerged from these reports included the need for better networking and more systematic mentoring.


CONFERENCE ASSISTANTS: Allison Hamilton, Amanda Keller, & Vanessa Lefler

We are extremely grateful to the staff in the Political Science Department at the University of Iowa for their assistance: Karen Stewart, Carole Eldeen, & Wendy Durant.


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  • Babcock and Laschever. 2003. Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. Princeton University Press. Pp. 1-61.
  • Monroe, Kristen, Saba Ozyurt, Ted Wrigley, and Amy Alexander. 2008. “Gender Equality in Academia: Bad News from the Trenches and Some Possible Solutions.” Perspectives on Politics 6(2): 215-233.
  • Trix, Frances and Carolyn Psenka. 2003. “Exploring the Color of Glass: Letters of Recommendation for Female and Male Medical Faculty.” Discourse & Society 14(2): 191-220.
  • American Political Science Association. 2005. Women’s Advancement in Political Science: A Report of the APSA Workshop on the Advancement of Women in Academic Political Science in the United States."

    Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University

    Marianne C. Stewart, The University of Texas at Dallas


    Lonna Atkeson, University of New Mexico. "How Crisis Shapes Attitudes: Hurricane Katrina, External Efficacy and Public Confidence in Government"

    Sarah E. Croco, University of Maryland. "The Flipside of Flip-Flopping: Citizen Preferences, Leader Inconsistency and the War in Iraq."

    Jacqueline H.R. DeMeritt , University of North Texas. Estimating Binary Dependent Variable Models Under Conditions of Specification Ambiguity."

    Michelle Dion, McMaster University. "When is it Rational to Redistribute? A Cross-national Examination of Attitudes Toward Redistribution."

    Corrine McConnaughy, The Ohio State University. "Strengthening the Experimenter's Toolbox: Statistical Estimation of Internal Validity."

    Megan Mullin, Temple University. "Turning Personal Experience into Political Attitudes: The Effect of Local Weather on Americans’ Perceptions about Global Warming."

    Heather L. Ondercin, Louisiana State University. "Who is Responsible for the Gender Gap? Party Realignments and the Dynamics of Men’s and Women’s Democratic Macropartisanship, 1950-2008."

    Saundra K. Schneider, Michigan State University. "Graphical Displays for Political Science Journal Articles."

    Megan Shannon, Florida State University, "UN Intervention and Rebel Killings."

    Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago. "Matching and Experiments: Causal Inferences Without Full Randomization"

    Melanie J. Springer , Washington University in St. Louis. "See Jane Run (for Congress): Re-examining Voter Bias, 1992-2000."

    Lynn Vavreck, University of California, Los Angeles. "Cosmopolitanism".

    Jennifer N. Victor , University of Pittsburgh. "Ted Kennedy, Orin Hatch, and other Strange Bedfellows: A Network Explanation of Legislative Voting."


    Vicki L. Hesli, University of Iowa

    Wendy L. Martinek, Binghamton University and National Science Foundation

    Tracy Osborn, University of Iowa