Research Methods Panel Discussion Series


Measurement in Political Science

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017

Time: 3:30pm

Place: Tyler 134

What is democracy and how do we measure it? How do you write survey questions that capture the psychological processes inside someone’s head? If text or speech comprise your data, how do you recognize when different people make reference to the same underlying concept? Conceptualizing and measuring constructs are two of the most important aspects of research design. In this roundtable on February 9th, we’ll hear perspectives from faculty who use a variety of different methodological approaches on how they approach operationalization and measurement in their research. If you have questions that you’d like to hear the panelists discuss, please contact Hannah Gourdie (


The Use and Abuse of Mechanical Turk: A Panel Discussion with Harvard Professor Joshua Kertzer

Date: Friday, April 1, 2016

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Place: Miller 1082

Want to learn more about crowd-sourcing your research? Curious about the crossroads of ethics and political science research? Come by Miller 1082 on April 1st from 3-4 pm to hear a panel discussion on the ethics of using Mechanical Turk, a crowd sourcing tool commonly used in the field of political science and other social sciences. Government Professors Marcus Holmes, Dan Maliniak, and Jaime Settle, along with Philosophy Professor Matthew Haug, will be discussing the uses and unethical abuses of this tool with Joshua Kertzer, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University. This event is sponsored by the Reves Center.


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