Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Summer Institute

June 20 – July 15, 2011

The Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago is proud to host the 2011 Summer Institute on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM). Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program trains graduate students and junior faculty in EITM, a research strategy that integrates theoretical models and empirical research to improve and expand our understanding of politics. The institute will incorporate developments and findings from throughout political science, including the substantive areas of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political economy. Applications for the program are due via email to eitm@uchicago.edu on March 1, 2011.

The Summer Institute on EITM

The Political Science Program of the National Science Foundation supports annual four-week summer institutes on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models. Previous summer institutes have taken place at Harvard (2002), Michigan (2003, 2006 and 2009), Duke (2004 and 2008), UC-Berkeley (2005 and 2010) and UCLA (2007).

The Summer Institute on EITM seeks to train a new generation of scholars who can better link theory and empirical work. Held from June 20 to July 15, 2011, the Summer Institute on EITM at the University of Chicago will be a highly interactive training program for advanced graduate students and junior faculty led by political scientists from across the discipline who employ EITM in their research.

This summer’s institute will accept advanced graduate students and junior faculty through a competitive selection process. There are no fees or tuition. Dormitory lodging, meals and domestic travel expenses will be provided for participants through a grant from the National Science Foundation. EITM institutes are selective, with admission based significantly on the quality and potential of research presented. Institute training includes teaching and research components, providing students a highly individualized interaction with a far wider and deeper array of mentors than is available at any individual institution.

We intend to accept about 25 participants — including those graduate students and junior faculty whom we believe can most benefit from the EITM program.  Applicants should have at least some training in both formal theory and statistics, and ideally advanced training in at least one of these areas. Applicants who lack the needed background should consider attending ICPSR to gain EITM certification this summer and applying to EITM for a future summer.

The Summer Institute is just one aspect of the EITM initiative in political science funded by the National Science Foundation. The NSF also funds another, complementary, EITM summer program at Washington University in St. Louis. Participation in either program in no way prohibits students or faculty from future participation in the other program.

The principal investigators for the EITM Summer Institutes are:

Scott Ashworth, University of Chicago, 2011 Summer Institute Director

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, University of Chicago, 2011 Summer Institute Director

Brandice Canes-Wrone, Princeton University

Scott Demarchi, Duke University

Sean Gailmard, University of California, Berkeley

Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan

Adam Meirowitz, Princeton University


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