Southern Workshop in Empirical Political Science

The SoWEPS-1 program is included below. Logistical details will be shared with participants by email. Final papers are due on October 4th and will be shared here soon after. All participants are expected to read the five plenary session papers in advance.

Plenary papers available here (password protected, check your registration email)

SoWEPS-1 Program, October 18th 2019

Convocation Hall, Room 204, Emory University

11:00am to 11:30am: Intro, pastries and coffee

11:30am to 12:30pm: Paper Session 1

  • Author: Jeremy Spater (Duke), “Exposure and Preferences: Evidence from Indian Slums.”
  • Discussant: Anjali Thomas (GA Tech)
  • Chair: Renard Sexton (Emory)

12:30pm to 1:30pm: Lunch & Research Design Session (starts 12:50)

  • Author: Yael Zeira (Ole Miss), “The Ethnicization of Syria’s Conflict.”
  • Discussant: Megan Turnbull (UGA)
  • Chair: Danielle Jung (Emory)

1:30pm to 2:30pm: Paper Session 2

  • Author: Don Grasse (Emory), “Extractive Institutions and Social Conflict: Theory and Evidence from Indonesia”
  • Discussant: Connor Huff (Rice)
  • Chair: Livia Schubiger (Duke)

10 min break

2:40pm to 3:40pm: Paper Session 3

  • Author: Dean Dulay (Duke), “When Running for Office Runs in the Family”
  • Discussant: Mollie Cohen (UGA)
  • Chair: Raphael Cunha (Florida State)

20 min break

4:00pm to 5:00pm: Paper Session 4

  • Author: Abbey Heller (Emory), “Public Support for Electoral Reform: The Role of Electoral System Experience”
  • Discussant: Adriane Fresh (Duke)
  • Chair: Peter White (Auburn)

5:00pm to 5:15pm: wrap up, feedback, SoWEPS-2

5:30pm to 6:30: happy hour + poster session

7:00pm to 8:30pm: dinner

Poster Session:

  • Gong Chen (Georgia State)
  • Umberto Mignozzetti (FGV)
  • Patrick Pierson (Emory)
  • Hannah Ridge (Duke)
  • Miguel Rueda (Emory)
  • Justin Schon (Florida)
  • Jan Vogler (UVA)
  • Jeffrey Ziegler (Emory)


A few notes about the meeting:

  • No presentations; all participants will read the featured working papers in advance.
  • One hour sessions each for four papers, which allows for detailed, constructive feedback.
  • Paper selection will focus on job market papers for ABDs, along with occasional important tenure projects for junior faculty.
  • A poster session during post-workshop happy hour will allow a dozen or so graduate students to present their work and receive feedback.
  • The meeting with rotate between convening institutions in the region, starting with Emory. The host (in this case Emory) will cover the costs of the meeting, as well as travel and one hotel night for graduate students with papers on the agenda.
  • The meeting schedule (11:30am start) is designed to make same day travel possible (although an overnight may be preferred to best take advantage of post-workshop networking).