Call for papers

Southern Workshop in Empirical Political Science

The SoWEPS-5 workshop organizers invite submissions of (1) completed papers, and (2) detailed research designs. Graduate students and faculty (esp. junior faculty) are both encouraged to submit their work. Priority will be given to graduate students on the job market. We anticipate having 4-5 papers presented during the plenary sessions.

Submission deadline for SoWEPS-5: March 18, 2022. Please email submissions to with the subject line "SoWEPS Submission.” In the email please detail your institution, position, and whether you will be on the job market next year (grad students only).

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 innovative methods or innovative types of data. We are particularly interested in work that is pushing the frontier of both empirical causal work (field experiments, natural/quasi-experimental methods, etc.) as well as the frontier of empirical descriptive or predictive work (machine learning, text analysis, etc.). We also invite submissions utilizing new types of data (novel administrative data, remote-sensed data, historical data) and beyond.

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, is still very welcome.

Key SoWEPS-5 (Spring 2022) Dates:

  • February 18: Call for papers published

  • March 18: Submission deadline for completed papers or completed detailed research designs

  • April 8: Announcement of the accepted papers and program

  • April 29: Final papers are due from program participants for circulation

  • May 13: SoWEPS-5 Conference occurs in person

SoWEPS-5 Conveners: Jonathan Homola (Rice), Connor Huff (Rice), Michelle Torres (Rice)