Southwest Workshop on Mixed Methods Research, November 8-9, 2018, Humanities 1 Room 210, UC Santa Cruz

June 23, 2018

By , Assistant Professor of Politics 


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The Fourth Annual Southwest Workshop on Mixed Methods Research (SWMMR) will take place on November 8-9, 2018, at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Humanities 1 Room 210.  As in previous years, the fourth annual workshop will include several panels of advanced graduate students and junior and senior scholars who will present and discuss article- or chapter-length works in progress that either (a) utilize multiple methods in substantive social science research or (b) contribute to the methodology of multiple-method research. Participants will receive critical feedback from senior scholars, as well as feedback from the other participants. 

Confirmed Senior Presenters

Alison Post: Alison Post is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies, and Co-Director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Program. Her research lies at the intersection of comparative urban politics and comparative political economy, with regional emphases on Latin America and South Asia. It examines several related themes: the politics of regulating privatized infrastructure, the varying ability of subnational governments to provide infrastructure services effectively following the decentralization wave of the 1990s, and the politics of urban policy more broadly. She is the author of Foreign and Domestic Investment in Argentina: The Politics of Privatized Infrastructure (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and articles in the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and other outlets.

Benjamin Read: Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Ben Read spent a year of his childhood in the Dutch village of Overasselt and another in socialist Beijing, undergoing indoctrination at public schools in all three localities. He later studied at Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Harvard. Fluent in Mandarin, Ben has lived, worked, and conducted fieldwork in mainland China for a total of more than five years and in Taiwan for one year. He taught at the University of Iowa before joining the Politics faculty at UC Santa Cruz in 2008.

Colin Elman: Colin Elman is Professor of Political Science. Elman is (with Miriam Fendius Elman) the co‐editor of Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field (MIT Press); and Bridges and Boundaries: Historians, Political Scientists, and the Study of International Relations (MIT Press); (with John Vasquez) of Realism and the Balancing of Power: A New Debate (Prentice Hall); and (with Michael Jensen) of the Realism Reader (Routledge). Elman has published in the American Political Science Review, the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the International History Review, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Millennium, Perspectives on Politics, Sociological Methods & Research, Political Science & Politics, and Security Studies.

Diana Kapiszewski: Diana Kapiszewski is the Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Government and previously served as the academic director of the Center for Latin American Studies in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. She was a member of the Latin America Initiative Faculty Committee (2016-2017). She is author of four books and over nine journal articles on comparative government in Latin America. Her book High Courts and Economic Governance in Argentina and Brazil,was given the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist and published in 2012. She also Co-directs the Qualitative Data Repository and co-edits the new Cambridge University Press book series, "Methods of Social Inquiry."

Nicholas Weller's research focuses on how the structure of organizations or institutions affects collective problem solving, and the use of mixed-methods research in social science. In the context of collective problem solving, his research utilizes experimental methods to study how groups solve tasks that involve both coordination and cooperation. In particular, he is interested in how the network of communication between the individuals in a group can influence the group’s ability to solve collective problems. He also studies how to best conduct research at the intersection of quantitative, qualitative, and experimental research, and is currently working on a book manuscript that integrates these different methods within the potential outcomes framework of causality. He has published a book about mixed-methods research and causal mechanisms with Cambridge University Press and articles in numerous journals, including Social Networks, American Politics Research, Sociological Methods and Research, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Public Choice. Professor Weller received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and was previously a professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California.