Political Networks 2016
9th Annual Political Networks Workshops & Conference
June 23-25, 2016
Charles F. Knight Center
Washington University in Saint Louis


The poster award committee selected two posters for awards for methodological contributions to the networks subfield. The committee also recognizes a third poster for honorable mention for its contribution.
  • Winner: "Endogenous Coalition Formation in Policy Debates" Philip Leifeld -- University of Glasgow (Co-author: Laurence Brandenberger)
  • Winner: "Detecting Changes in Network Time Series using Bayesian Inference" Yunkyu Sohn -- UC San Diego (Co-author: Jong Hee Park)
  • Honorable Mention: "Interpretation of geometrically-weighted statistics in ERGMs" Michael Levy --  UC Davis, Env. Science & Policy
The poster award committee selected one poster for an award for its substantive contribution to the networks subfield. The committee also recognizes a second poster for honorable mention for its contribution.
  • Winner: "Collaboration, influence, and cross-level linkages in an ecology of climate change adaptation policy games" Matt Hamilton -- UC Davis, Env. Science & Policy (Co-author: Mark Lubell)
  • Honorable Mention: "Networks and Foreign Policy Analysis: Relations, Position, and Structure within the Clinton State Department" David Endicott -- Indiana University (Co-authors: Alexander Antony, Ryan Dawe)

Conference Program -- available as PDF here.

Thursday, June 23
8:30-11:30 AM Training Session I
11:30-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30-3:30 PM Training Session II
4-5:30 PM BYOD: Bring Your Own Data!
5:30-6 PM Poster set up period
6:00-8:00 PM Welcome reception and poster session 

Poster Presentations:

Poster Award Committee: Jennifer Larson, New York University, Jon Rogowski, Washington University, Meredith Rolfe, UMass Amherst, and Stefan Wojcik, the Lazer Lab 

“Interest Group Composition and Dissensus on the U.S. Supreme Court”
Sahar Abi-Hassan – Boston University, Political Science
(Co-author(s): Dino P. Christenson, Janet Box-Steffensmeier)

“Development, Transition, and Crisis in the International System 1870-2009”
Heather Ba – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Political Science

“Network Pressures Towards Democracy”
Benjamin Campbell – Ohio State University, Political Science
(Co-author(s): Skyler J. Cranmer, Bruce A. Desmarais)

“International Status and Its Influence on Voting Outcomes in the UN General Assembly”
SeulAh Choi – Boston University, Political Science

“A Theoretically-Informed Model of Unobserved Network Dependencies: Application to Transitivity”
Olga Chyzh – Iowa State University, Political Science & Statistics

“Diffusion of collective action in authoritarian regimes: The June 1953 East German uprising”
Charles Crabtree – Pennsylvania State University, Political Science
(Co-author(s): Holger L. Kern, Steven Pfaff)

“The Importance of Generative Models for Assessing Network Structure”
Matthew Denny – Pennsylvania State University, Political Science

“Networks and Foreign Policy Analysis: Relations, Position, and Structure within the Clinton State Department”
David Endicott – Indiana University, Political Science
(Co-author(s): Alexander Antony, Ryan Dawe)

“Partners in crime? A theory of corruption as a criminal network: evidence from a lab experiment”
Romain Ferrali – Princeton University, Politics

“The Financial Value of Partisan Networks: How Lobbying Firms Leverage their Network Positions”
Alexander Furnas – University of Michigan, Political Science
(Co-author(s): Michael T. Heaney, Tim LaPira)

“Environmental Justice and Citizen Response to Unconventional Oil and Gas Development”
Madeline Gottlieb – UC Davis (Ecology Graduate Group), Environmental Science and Policy

“Collaboration, influence, and cross-level linkages in an ecology of climate change adaptation policy games”
Matthew Hamilton – UC Davis, Environmental Science and Policy
(Co-author(s): Mark Lubell)

“Inference on the Effects of Observed Features in Latent Space Models for Networks”
Zachary Jones – Pennsylvania State University, Political Science
(Co-author(s): Matthew Denny, Bruce Desmarais, Hannah Wallach)

“Oil’s Crude Impact on Peace: A Contribution to the Economic Interdependence and International Conflict Debate”
Samantha Lange – University of Iowa, Political Science

“Preferenciating Free Trade: Coevolving Network Models of Free Trade Negotiation”
Hsuan-Wei Lee – UNC Chapel Hill, Mathematics
(Co-author(s): Huan-Kai Tseng)

“Endogenous Coalition Formation in Policy Debates”
Philip Leifeld – Eawag, Environmental Social Sciences
(Co-author(s): Laurence Brandenberger)

“Interpretation of geometrically-weighted statistics in exponential random graph models”
Michael Levy – University of California, Davis, Environmental Science and Policy
(Co-author(s): Mark Lubell)

“The International Human Trafficking Network: A Temporal Analysis”
John McCoy – Creighton University, Political Science and International Relations
(Co-author(s): Crysta Price, Terry Clark)

“Connecting the Mayors: The Network Effect of Local Government Performance in El Salvador”
Taishi Muraoka – Washington University in St. Louis, Political Science

“Advocating Justice: How INGOs Influence Transitional Justice Implementation”
Marc Polizzi – University of Missouri, Political Science

“Social Influence on Politics: Depicting the Process and Testing the Mechanisms”
Lauren Ratliff Santoro – Ohio State University, Political Science

“Network Structures among Climate Change and Agriculture Support Organizations in East Africa”
Jessica Rudnick – University of California, Davis, Environmental Science and Policy
(Co-author(s): Meredith Niles, Mark Lubell)

“The Internet’s Political Impact among Rural Chinese: A Field Experiment”
Wenwen Shi – Wayne State University, Political Science

“Authoritarianism and Church Influence on Ideology and Behavior”
Amy Erica Smith – Iowa State University, Political Science

“Detecting Changes in Network Time Series using Bayesian Inference: Applications to Historical Voting and Text Datasets”
Yunkyu Sohn – University of California, San Diego, Political Science
(Co-author(s): Jong Hee Park)

“Friends with Money: A Network Analysis of State High Court Elections”
Allison Trochesset – University of Georgia, Political Science

“Are Political Networks Really Polarized?”
Oren Tsur – Harvard & Northeastern University, Network Science Institute
(Co-author(s): David Lazer)

“‘Live Experiments’: Experimenting with a Womanist Bible Study Seminar”
Dilara Uskup -- University of Chicago, Political Science

“Network Interventions in Interlocking Directorates”
Micha Zdziarski – University of Warsaw, Management Faculty
(Co-author(s): Justyna Światowiec-Szczepańska, Łukasz Małys)

“The Social Network Logic in Chinese Leadership Turnover”
Yang Zhang – University of Iowa, Political Science

Thursday, June 23 local activity: Dinner at Mission Taco or Pi (Delmar Loop Locations) followed by drinks at Cielo (view of Arch) or the Moonrise Hotel


Panel Schedule: Panel presenters should prepare to present their research for 10 to 15 minutes, which will be immediately followed by the discussant’s 5 to 10 minute presentation. The first presenter on every panel will serve as the panel coordinator, keeping time for all presentations and Q&A portions. Q&A may take place after each paper or at the end of the panel – at the panel coordinator’s discretion. 

Friday, June 24

Breakfast available starting at 6:30 AM

Friday, June 24, 8:30-10
1. Statistical analysis of networks
Link-tracing studies of hidden networks in epidemiology and public health
        Presenter: Forrest Crawford, Yale University
        Co-author(s): Peter M. Aronow, Li Zeng, Jiacheng Wu, Jianghong Li, Robert Heimer
        Discussant: James Wilson

Generalized Exponential Random Graph Models: Statistical Inference for Weighted Graphs
        Presenters: James Wilson, University of San Francisco
        Co-author(s): Matthew J. Denny, Skyler J. Cranmer, Bruce Desmarais, Shankar Bhamidi
        Discussant: Oren Tsur

The Interpretability of ERGM models for Thresholded Networks
        Presenter: Oren Tsur, Harvard & Northeastern University
        Co-author(s): David Lazer 
        Discussant: Forrest Crawford

2. Policy networks
The Consensus-building Effects of Congressional Caucuses on Policy Areas in the U.S. Congress
        Presenter: Jennifer Victor, George Mason University 
        Discussant: Sarah Reckhow

Bipartisanship and Idea Brokerage in Education Policy Networks
        Presenter: Sarah Reckhow, Michigan State University 
        Co-author(s): Sarah Galey, Joseph Ferrare
        Discussant: Michael Heaney

Lobbying Credibility in a Policy Network
        Presenter: Michael Heaney, University of Michigan 
        Discussant: Jennifer Victor

3. The causes and effects of discussion network structure
Political Discussion Networks and Motivated Reasoning: How Agreement Encourages Directional Thinking
        Presenter: Carey Stapleton, University of Colorado, Boulder 
        Co-author(s): Anand Sokhey
        Discussant: Taylor Feenstra

Explaining Political Discussion Network Homogeneity with Physiology and Personality
        Presenter: Taylor Feenstra, University of California, San Diego 
        Co-author(s): Charles T. McClean, Jaime E. Settle
        Discussant: Jennifer Larson

Ethnic Networks
        Presenter: Jennifer Larson, New York University
        Co-author(s): Janet Lewis 
        Discussant: Carey Stapleton

Friday, June 24, 10:30-noon
1. Paths and resilience in networks
Analyzing structural resilience in resource governance networks
        Presenter: Jacob Hileman, University of California, Davis 
        Co-author(s): Marco Bastos, Mark Lubell
        Discussant: Benjamin Schneer

Paths of Recruitment: Rational Social Prospecting in Petition Canvassing
        Presenter: Benjamin Schneer, Harvard University 
        Co-author(s): Clayton Nall, Daniel Carpenter
        Discussant: Dean Knox

A Random-Path Model
        Presenter: Dean Knox, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
        Discussant: Jacob Hileman

2. Legal networks
The Diffusion of Precedent
        Presenter: Abigail Rury, University of Iowa 
        Discussant: Amy Semet

The Role of Political Networks in State Courts
        Presenter: Amy Semet, Princeton University 
        Discussant: John Patty

Network Analysis of the US Code and Federal Regulations
        Presenter: John Patty, University of Chicago 
        Discussant: Abigail Rury

3. Networks in civil conflict and civil war
Dynamic Networks of Violence: People Power and the Mexican Criminal Conflict
        Presenter: Cassy Dorff, University of Denver 
        Co-author(s): Shahryar Minhas
        Discussant: Laila Wahedi

From Partners in Crime to Criminal Networks: Militant Network Evolution
        Presenter: Laila Wahedi, Georgetown University
        Discussant: Sam Glaser

How Revolting? Strategic Network Formation and the Emergence of the American Revolutionary Movement
        Presenter: Sam Glaser, University of Notre Dame 
        Discussant: Cassy Dorff

Lunch noon-1:30 PM

Friday, June 24, 1:30-3
1. Twitter networks
A Networked Reaction to Terrorist Attacks in Ankara and Paris in the Turkish Twittersphere
        Presenter: Aysenur Dal, Ohio State University 
        Co-author(s): Robert M. Bond, Emad Khazraee, Erik C. Nisbet
        Discussant: Jennifer Larson

Communities of Protest
        Presenter: Jennifer Larson, New York University 
        Co-author(s): Rich Bonneau, John T. Jost, Jonathan Nagler, Joshua A. Tucker
        Discussant: Justin Gross

Connected by Comments: Network Dynamics of 'Going Negative' in the GOP 2016 Presidential Primaries 
        Presenter: Justin Gross, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
        Co-author(s): Kaylee T. Johnson
        Discussant: Aysenur Dal

2. Influence in legislative networks
Do Birds of a Feather Vote Together, or is it Peer Influence?
        Presenter: Stefan Wojcik, Harvard and Northeastern 
        Discussant: Alison Craig

Audience Appeals through Strategic Collaboration in the U.S. House of Representatives
        Presenter: Alison Craig, Ohio State University 
        Discussant: William Massengill

Socializing as Lobbying during the Jeffersonian Era
        Presenter: William Massengill, Ohio State University 
        Co-author(s): Gregory Caldeira, William Minozzi
        Discussant: Stefan Wojcik

3. Networks, language, and discussion
Campaign Conversations on Instagram and the Closure of Access to Social Media Data
        Presenter: Warren Allen, Florida State University 
        Discussant: Hyunjin Song

“Who discuss politics, why, and how? The social supply of political discussants, endogenous structuring processes, and their implications”
        Presenter: Hyunjin Song, University of Vienna
        Co-author(s): William Minozzi, David Lazer, Michael Neblo, Katherine Ognyanova
        Discussant: Jacob Reidhead

Anticipating a Network Theory of Political Discourse Analysis
        Presenter: Jacob Reidhead, Stanford University 
        Discussant: Warren Allen

Friday, June 24, 3:30-5
1. Measuring and explaining discussion networks
The Content and Consequences of Everyday Deliberation: Networks, Issues, and Political Conviction
        Presenter: Anand Sokhey, University of Colorado, Boulder 
        Co-author(s): Jeffrey Lyons
        Discussant: William Eveland

Scratching Below the Core Network Surface: Capturing Hidden Exposure to Political Disagreement and Difference
        Presenter: William Eveland, Ohio State University
        Co-author(s): Osei Appiah, Paul A. Beck
        Discussant: Meredith Rolfe

Measuring Political Networks on Election Surveys: Name Generators and Beyond
        Presenter: Meredith Rolfe, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
        Discussant: Anand Sokhey

2. Legislative networks
Pen Pals: Legislator Characteristics and Collaboration in Congressional Letter-Marking Networks
        Presenter: Nicole Kalaf-Hughes, Bowling Green State University
        Co-author(s): Russell Mills 
        Discussant: David Darmofal

Roll-Call Voting Under Random Seating Assignment
        Presenter: David Darmofal, University of South Carolina 
        Co-author(s): Charles J. Finocchiaro, Indridi Indridason
        Discussant: Jacob Montgomery

The Effects of Congressional Staff Networks in the U.S. House of Representatives
        Presenter: Jacob Montgomery, Washington University in St. Louis 
        Co-author(s): Brendan Nyhan
        Discussant: Nicole Kalaf-Hughes

3. Local government networks
Latino Representation in California: A Social Network Analysis
        Presenter: Lisa Pringle, Claremont Graduate University
        Discussant: Philip Leifeld

The Personal Touch: Effect of Official Turnover on Local Government Networks
        Presenter: Matthew Howell, Eastern Kentucky University 
        Discussant: Lisa Pringle

Analyzing Policy Instrument Preferences with Two-Mode Networks
        Presenter: Philip Leifeld, Eawag 
        Co-author(s): Florence Metz, Karin Ingold
        Discussant: Matthew Howell

Friday, June 24 local activity: City Museum


Saturday, June 25

Breakfast available starting at 6:30 AM

Saturday, June 25, 8:30-10
1. Lab experiments on discussion networks
Information, Diffusion Dynamics, and the Management of Public Health Crises
        Presenter: Elias Assaf, Ohio State University
        Co-author(s): Skyler J. Cranmer, Robert Bond, Eloise Kaizar, David J. Sivakoff, Susumu Shikano
        Discussant: Christina Ladam

Re-examining Disagreement in Small Group Deliberations
        Presenter: Christina Ladam, University of Colorado, Boulder 
        Co-author(s): Anand Sokhey, Andrew Therriault
        Discussant: Matthew Pietryka

Deliberation and Motivated Reasoning in Informal Discussion Networks
        Presenter: Matthew Pietryka, Florida State University 
        Discussant: Elias Assaf

2. Contribution networks
Political Ideology in the Contributor-Candidate Matrix
        Presenter: Jason Jones, Stony Brook University (SUNY) 
        Co-author(s): Jennifer A. Heerwig
        Discussant: Michael Kowal

Corporate Politicking, Together: Ties, Lobbying and Giving in A Polarized and Connected World
        Presenter: Michael Kowal, Bowdoin College 
        Discussant: Navid Dianati

From money to speech and back: surveying the ideological landscape of the US Congress through networks of money and text.
        Presenter: Navid Dianati, Northeastern University 
        Co-author(s): Oren Tsur, David Lazer
        Discussant: Jason Jones

Saturday, June 25, 10:30-noon
1. Spillovers in networks
Mobilization for Political Action: Spillover Across Real-World Social Networks
        Presenter: Alex Hughes, University of California, Berkeley 
        Co-author(s): Derek Stafford
        Discussant: Sayali Phadke

Testing for Network Effects in Field Experiments: Examples from Legislative Studies
        Presenter: Sayali Phadke, Pennsylvania State University 
        Co-author(s): Bruce A. Desmarais
        Discussant: Betsy Sinclair

Two Votes for the Price of One
        Presenter: Betsy Sinclair, Washington University in St. Louis 
        Discussant: Alex Hughes

2. Networks and international conflict
A Three-Degree Horizon for the Peace Making Ability of Defensive Alliances
        Presenters: Aisha Bradshaw & Caitlin Clary, Ohio State University
        Co-author(s): Weihua Li, Skyler J. Cranmer 
        Discussant: Cesi Cruz

Military Alliance Networks and State Formation
        Presenter: Cesi Cruz, University of British Columbia 
        Co-author(s): Mark Dincecco, Massimiliano Onorato
        Discussant: Jeff Carnegie

Network Effects in International Conflict, and their Changes over Time
        Presenter: Jeff Carnegie, New York University 
        Discussant: Aisha Bradshaw & Caitlin Clary

Lunch and the end of the meeting (announce poster winners at lunch)

Saturday, June 25 local activity: St Louis Zoo