Call for papers

Southern Workshop in Empirical Political Science

The workshop organizers invite submissions of (1) completed papers, and (2) detailed research designs to be included in the SoWEPS-2 program. The deadline for submission to SoWEPS-2 is September 1, 2020.

In line with the workshop's mission to support rigorous and creative empirically-focused research in the comparative politics and international relations fields, priority will be given to submissions that use (or propose using) innovative methods or innovative types of data. We are particularly interested in work that is pushing the frontier of both empirical causal work---including field experiments, or natural/quasi-experimental methods---as well as the frontier of empirical descriptive or predictive work---including machine learning. We also invite submissions utilizing new types of data including administrative data, remote-sensed data, historical data and beyond. SoWEPS has no regional or time period focus.

SoWEPS invites both faculty (esp. junior faculty) and graduate students to submit their work. Priority will be given to graduate students on the job market (whatever the 2020 market may look like).

As a workshop that is feedback-focused, we prefer the submission of completed papers that have not already passed through review at a journal. However, work that is having trouble finding a home in a journal, and where the feedback of the group could be helpful is still very welcome.

Email your paper or research design proposal to: soweps[AT]gmail[DOT]com with the subject line ‘SoWEPS Submission.‘

With your submission, please indicate

  • If you are willing to participate in a poster (in-person conference) or poster-like session (should the conference be virtual).
  • If you are a graduate student, when you will be on the job market.

We anticipate having 5-6 papers presented during the plenary sessions.

Key SoWEPS-2 (2020) Dates:

  • September 1: Submission deadline
  • September 22: Announcement of the program
  • September 29: Papers are due from program participants
  • October 9: SoWEPS-2 Conference hosted by Duke University

SoWEPS-2 Conveners: Adriane Fresh, Rachel Myrick and Livia Schubiger