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. 

The Workshop meets every other Friday from 1030 am until 1200 noon in the Social Science Research Building, on the Fourth Floor in Room 401, located at 1126 E. 59th Street. The room location is subject to change, so please check specific announcements to confirm workshop location. 

Due to covid restrictions, all workshops for the 2020-2021 academic year will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. 

Workshop Instructor for the pre-workshop session, 2020-2021: Yanyan Sheng

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, date and time TBD. 

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

Winter 2021





January 15, 2021 

Petra Todd, Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania

The Best of Both Worlds: Combining RCTs with Structural Modeling

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January 29, 2021 

Jonathan Mummolo, Assistant Pofessor of Politics and Public Affairs
Princeton University

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February 12, 2021 

Walter Mebane, Professor, Department of Political Science and Department of Statistics
University of Michigan

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February 26, 2021 

Kate Cagney, Professor in Sociology, Director Population Research Center, NORC 
Liang Cai, Doctoral Student in Sociology, University of Chicago

Activity Space, Social Interaction and Health in Later Life

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March 12, 2021 

Ismael Mourifie, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, Economics

Networks and Matching Models

Spring 2021





April 9, 2021 

Donna Coffman, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Temple University


April 23, 2021 

Peng Ding, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, Berkeley

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May 7, 2021 

Panel Discussion: Social Determinants of Health
Hosted by: Robert Gibbons, Ph.D. Professor of Biostatistics
Featuring: Sandro Galea,
Professor at Boston University School of Public Health
C. Hendricks Brown,
Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University
Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London

Panel Discussion: Social Determinants of Health

Click here for Michael Marmot’s Paper

May 21, 2021 

Yanyan Sheng, Senior Lecturer of the Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences


May 28, 2021 

Concepts & Theory Panel: 10:00am-12:00pm
Lawrence Blume, Professor of Economics & Information Science, Cornell University
Lawrence Bobo, Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
Sonja Starr, Professor of Law and Criminology, University of Chicago Law School
Glenn Loury, Professor of the Social Sciences, Economics, Brown University

Measurements & Empirics Panel: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Rene Flores, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
Michael Gaddis, Professor of Sociology, UCLA
Elizabeth Paluck, Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
Peter Blair, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School 


“Prejudice & Stigma” half day Virtual Conference
Co-Hosted by the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group 

Concepts & Theory Panel: 10:00am-12:00pm
Measurements & Empirics Panel: 1:00pm-3:00pm

June 4, 2021 


QMSA Thesis Presentations