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