The Workshop on Quantitative Research Methods in Education, Health, and Social Sciences (QMEHSS) serves as an important venue on the University of Chicago campus for building an intellectual community of colleagues who share methodological interests. Workshop participants meet biweekly to discuss working papers and brainstorm solutions to methodological problems encountered in ongoing research. Participants have included faculty members, researchers, and students from the Social Sciences Division, Health Studies, Statistics, Public Policy, the National Opinion Research Center, the Consortium for Chicago School Research, and colleagues from the University of Illinois in Chicago. In addition, we have invited speakers from other major universities to share with us their latest work. 

Due to covid restrictions, all workshops for the 2021-2022 academic year will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. 

The pre-workshop session is designed to prepare students for active participation in intellectual discourse in the workshop. The pre-workshop sessions will be held bi-weekly on Tuesdays, a hybrid meeting will be offered with a virtual option.

Workshop Instructor for the pre-workshop session, 2021-2022: Yanyan Sheng

If you would like to be added to the workshop email list please email Aasha Francis, Administrative Specialist

Autumn 2021





October 8, 2021

Steven Durlauf, Professor of Public Policy

“The Great Gatsby Curve”

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October 22, 2021

Francesca Molinari, H. T. Warshow and Robert Irving Warshow Professor, Department of Economics, Cornell University

“Discrete Choice Models with Heterogeneous Preferences and Consideration”

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November 5, 2021

Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at Chicago Booth

Algorithmic Behavioral Science

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November 19, 2021

Stephane Bonhomme, Professor at the University of Chicago Department of Economics

“Estimating Individual Responses when Tomorrow Matters”

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December 3, 2021

Justin Grimmer, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

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Winter 2022

January 14, 2022

Siwei Cheng, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, New York University

“Changing Contours: The Polarization of the U.S. Wage Distribution”

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January 28, 2022

Amos Golan, Professor Economics, American University

“Constructing Prior Information in the Social Sciences: An Information-Theoretic Approach”

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February 11, 2022

Andy Eggers, Professor, University of Chicago’s Department of Political Science

“How Pervasive is Strategic Voting?”

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February 25, 2022

Isaiah Andrews, Professor of Economics at Harvard University

“Inference on Winners”

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March 11, 2022

Gabe Lenz, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Unprotected: How State Failure Led to Violence, Police Brutality, and Mass Incarceration

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Spring 2022

April 1, 2022

Chris Holmes, Professor in Biostatistics at the department of Statistics at Oxford University

“Bayesian Predictive Inference”

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April 15, 2022

Michael Sobel, Professor, Department of Statistics
Columbia University

Association and Causation: Attributes and Effects of Judges in Equal Opportunity Commission Litigation Outcomes

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April 29, 2022

Uri Simonsohn, Professor of Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School, UPenn

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May 6, 2022

Florencia Torche, Professor of Sociology, Stanford

“The Unequal Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Infant Health: Research and Data Infrastructure”

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May 13, 2022

Robert Gibbons, PhD. Blum-Riese Professor of Biostatistics, University of Chicago


“Item Response Theory: A Tribute to R. Darrell Bock”

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Message from David Andrich 

May 27, 2022

Student Thesis Presentations

2022 Virtual Poster Exhibit

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