Workshops

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. 

A pre-workshop session is designed to prepare students for active participation in intellectual discourse in the workshop. The pre-workshop sessions will be held in a hybrid format this year (2023-2024) before each workshop session, and will be scheduled at the beginning of each quarter based on MAPSS QMSA students’ schedules. Please contact Yanyan Sheng (y.sheng@uchicago.edu) for specific information about attending pre-workshop session. Our workshops meet bi-weekly on Fridays from 10:30am until 12:00pm CST unless otherwise noted.

Please Note: The Workshop has resumed in person at 1155 E. 60th street Room 295B for the Spring quarter. For those who wish to attend virtually, there is a Zoom backup option that can be accessed by emailing Aasha Francis afrancis1@uchicago.edu or by subscribing to our email list. 

If you would like to be added to the workshop email list please email Aasha Francis, Administrative Specialist afrancis1@uchicago.edu

Autumn 2023

Date

Speaker

Title

Paper

October 3, 2023

Scott de Marchi, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Decision Science program at Duke University

“Making and Breaking Governments 2.0: Using Computation for Theoretical Models”
Co-Sponsored  with Comparative Politics Workshop

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October 6, 2023

Xiao Li Meng, Professor of Statistics, Harvard University

Privacy, Data Privacy, and Differential Privacy

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October 20, 2023

Simon DeDeo, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Astrophysics, Carnegie Mellon University

Uh-huh, Mhm, Wow: surprise, meta-information, and the problem of common ground

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November 3, 2023

Shuyang Sheng, Department of Economics, University of California at Los Angeles

Social Interactions with Endogenous Group Formation

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November 17, 2023

Elizabeth Ogburn, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University

Nonsense associations in dependent data
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December 1, 2023

Xiang Zhou, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University

Disparity Analysis: A Tale of Two Approaches

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Winter 2024

Date

Speaker

Title

Paper

Friday January 5, 2024

Soojin Park, Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods, UC Riverside

Causal Decomposition Analysis with Time-Varying Mediation and Outcomes: Designing Individualized Interventions to Reduce Social Disparities

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Friday January 19, 2024

Dalton Conley, Professor in Sociology, Princeton University

How Genetics Can Help Social Science

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Friday February 16, 2024

Dennis Feehan, Assistant Professor, Department of Demography, UC Berkeley

Validating Social Network-based estimates of adult mortality with high-quality vital records: Evidence from 27 cities

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Friday March 1, 2024

Felix Elwert, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 “A New Approach to the Causal Decomposition of Group-Based Disparities”
a joint work with graduate student Ang Yu

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Spring 2024

Date

Speaker

Title

Paper

March 29, 2024

Xinran Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and the College
University of Chicago

Randomization inference and sensitivity analysis for quantiles of individual treatment effects

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April 12, 2024

Robert Vargas, Associate Professor; Deputy Dean of the Social Sciences

Propositions on the Politics of Randomized Control Trials in Policing

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April 19, 2024

Ethan Fosse, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Norman Ryder’s Lost Legacy? The Promises and Pitfalls of Cohort Analysis in Social Research”

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April 26, 2024

Genevieve Bates, Assistant Professor of Political Science
University Wisconsin-Madison

Exploring Public Perspectives: The Power of Free-Write Responses in Understanding ‘Defund the Police’ Discourse

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May 10, 2024

Bruno Ferman, Associate Professor, Sao Paolo School of Economics

Inference with Few Treated Units

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May 24, 2024

Student Presentations

TBD

TBD