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Experimental Research (Section 42)

The Experimental Research organized section of the American Political Science Association advances pedagogy, research, and scholarly contributions based on randomized or natural experiments. Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of published articles in political science that use experiments. Experimentalists are exploring topics that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago.

The rapid growth, development, and celebration of experimental methods in political science presents the opportunity to share a specific vocabulary and toolkit with researchers interested in experimental methods of all kinds. The section is devoted to helping scholars develop and hone these specialized skills and to providing a forum where research based in these techniques can be shared and discussed.

Founded: 2010
Yearly membership dues: Print access to the Journal of Experimental Political Science costs $24. Online access is free for graduate students; for others, it costs $18.
Website: Journal of Experimental Political Science; published 2 times per year; discount for selecting online-only access.
Newsletter: The Experimental Political Scientist Section Counts

Organized sections provide opportunities for APSA members who share a common interest in a particular subfield to organize meetings and coordinate communications under Association auspices.

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Section Officers

Chair
Macartan Humphreys
Columbia University
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Chair Elect
Rebecca Morton
New York University
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Secretary
Betsy Sinclair
Washington University in St. Louis
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Treasurer
John Bullock
Northwestern University
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Journal Editor
Vin Arceneaux
Temple University
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2017 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Conor Dowling
University of Mississippi
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Amber Wichowsky
Marquette University
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Council
Cheryl Boudreau, University of California, Davis
Nahomi Ichino, University of Michigan
Jake Bowers, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

All section 42. Experimental Research awards to-date »

Best Book Award

The Best Book Award recognizes the best book published in 2016 that either uses or is about experimental research methods in the study of politics. A copy of the book should be sent to each member of the selection committee at the addresses provided below no later than April 1, 2017.

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Nomination Instructions: Nominated books should be sent to all members of the selection committee at the addresses provided below.
Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2017
Award Committee:

Emily Beaulieu, Chair
University of Kentucky
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Best Dissertation Award

The Best Dissertation Award recognizes the best dissertation completed in calendar year 2016 that utilizes experimental methods on substantive questions about politics or makes a fundamental contribution to experimental methods.

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Nomination Instructions: Nominations should come from faculty members although they need not be on the student’s dissertation committee. Nominated dissertations should be emailed to all members of the selection committee at the addresses provided below.

Deadline for Nominations: April 1, 2017
Award Committee:

Adam Seth Levine, Chair
Cornell University
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Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award recognizes a paper that was scheduled to be presented at APSA in 2016 and features experimental research.

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Nomination Instructions: Chairs of and discussants on panels are especially encouraged to nominate papers, although anyone who is aware of an interesting paper prepared for presentation can make the nomination. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominated papers should be emailed to all members of the selection committee at the addresses provided below.

Deadline for Nominations: April 1, 2017
Award Committee:

Jessica Preece, Chair
Brigham Young University
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Public Service Award

Many experiments only occur thanks to the assistance of non-researchers who provide access to resources and data. This award recognizes a special form of public service, the facilitation of randomized experiments in political science by those outside the academy. Considerations in the evaluation of nominees for this award include (1) their generosity with time, resources, and data and (2) their willingness to permit research transparency (e.g., allowing researchers to publish research without regard to how the results come out).

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Nomination Instructions: Researchers should send a one paragraph description of the nominee to all committee members.

Deadline for Nominations: April 1, 2017
Award Committee:

Helen Milner, Chair
Princeton University
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