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Important Dates:

March 1, 2017 – Deadline for Paper Proposals and Fellowships

April 28, 2017 – Early Registration ends

May 31, 2017 – Last Day to Register

Times and panels are subject to change.

Wednesday, June 14

Training Session One: 9:00am to 12:00pm

1) Introduction to Network Theory, Michael Heaney

2) Introduction to ERGM/TERGM, Skyler Cranmer

Lunch: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Training Session Two: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

1) Introduction to Network Analysis in R, Bruce Desmarais

2) ERGM/TERGM in R, Philip Leifeld

Thursday, June 15

Training Session Three: 9:00am to 12:00pm

1) Network Visualization, Katherine Ognyanova

2) Weighted-Edge ERGMs (GERGM), James Wilson

Lunch: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Training Session Four: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

1) Network Partitioning, Scott Pauls

2) Latent Factor Models for Dynamic Networks, Shahryar Minhas and Michael Ward

Plenary Talk: 4:30pm to 5:30pm

William P. “Chip” Eveland, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1997) is Professor of Communication and (by courtesy) Political Science at The Ohio State University (2000-present). He previously was on the faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara (1998-2000) and associate researcher for the National Institute for Science Education (1996-1998). Eveland has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in communication, political science, psychology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; his publications have garnered over 2500 citations according to Web of Science. He also has contributed chapters in numerous edited volumes including The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication, The SAGE Handbook of Public Opinion Research, The SAGE Sourcebook of Advanced Data Analysis Methods for Communication Research, The Sourcebook for Political Communication Research, and Communication and Social Cognition. His academic achievements have been recognized with the International Communication Association’s Young Scholar Award (2003) and the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication’s Krieghbaum Under-40 Award (2007), among others.

Eveland’s research focuses on the role of political communication – both mediated and interpersonal – in developing informed and participatory citizens of democracy. Over the past decade his work has highlighted the important role of the structure and content of political communication networks in this process. In doing so, he has employed methods ranging from whole network data, national sample surveys, experimentation, and naturalistic observation. Much of Eveland’s scholarship in this area seeks to contribute to (a) more sophisticated concept explication and measurement of network characteristics, (b) an understanding of the sorts of communication content that flows through political networks; (c) an understanding of the implications of disagreement and difference (including political and racial difference) in discussion networks and their effects on political knowledge and engagement.

Eveland’s plenary talk will highlight the variety of methodological approaches available to scholars of political networks. It will briefly touch on a number of specific studies and their findings with the goal of demonstrating some of the challenges and opportunities that these methods provide for generating a more comprehensive and accurate picture of the creation, modification, and effects of political networks.

Welcome Reception: 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Thursday Local Activity: Pins Mechanical Company

Friday, June 16

Panel Session One: 9:00am to 10:30am

1) Meaning of Networks in Language

  • The Role of Networks in Explaining Uptake of ICT for Political Communication
    • Romain Ferrali, Guy Grossman, Melinda Platas Izama, and Jonathan Rodden
  • Voters of the Year: 19 Voters Who Were Unintentional Election Poll Sensors on Twitter
    • William Hobbs, Lisa Friedland, Kenneth Joseph, Oren Tsur, Stefan Wojick, and David Lazer
  • Re-Examining Everyday Political Communication
    • William Eveland, Anand Sokhey, Ashley Brent, and Chrissy Ladam
  • Examining the Education Policy Discourse: Efficiency vs. Equity
    • Nancy Duchesneau, Sarah Reckhow, and Sarah Galey

2) Coordinated Participation and Engagement

  • The Law of Small Neighborhoods: Coordination in Networks
    • Marco Pelliccia and Arupratran Daripa
  • Charismatic Bridging: Network State versus Predictors of Election
    • Brian Rubineau, Yisook Lim, Michael Neblo, and David Lazer
  • International Agricultural Development Network Structures Across Multiple Places and Regions
    • Jessica Rudnick, Meredith Niles, and Mark Lubell
  • Measuring Political Polarization among the General American Public
    • Nick Rogers and Jason Jones

3) Environmental Governance

  • The Role of Social Networks in the Sustainability Transformation of Cabo Pulmo
    • Alfonso Langle-Flores, Peter Ocelík, and Octavio Pérez-Maqueo
  • Ratifying Environmental Agreements: A Joint Analysis of Exogenous Influences, Network Dependence, and Spatial Effects
    • Tobias Bohmelt, Benjamin Campbell, Skyler Cranmer, Bailey Fosdick, and Frank Marrs

Panel Session Two: 10:45am to 12:15pm

1) American Party Networks

  • The Role of Caucuses in Partisan Entrenchment in Congress
    • Jen Victor
  • Nominations and Coalition Politics: Detecting Party Factions in Network Data
    • Rachel Blum and Hans Noel
  • Message Diffusion in the Extended Party Network: A Network and Text Approach to Campaign Communication
    • Michael Kowal
  • Network Clusters of Thought Leaders on the American Right
    • Justin Gross

2) Methods: Data Collection

  • Length Bias in Networks in Unknown Populations: The Case of Lobbying Coalitions
    • Michael Heaney and Jesse Crosson
  • Mapping Conceptual Networks
    • Nicholas Beauchamp, Peter Levine, and Sarah Shugars
  • All Roads Lead to Lagos: Road Networks and the Legacies of Extractive Colonialism
    • Philipp Hunziker, Carl Muller-Crepon, Matthew Simonson, Lars-Erik Cederman and David Lazer
  • Mapping Meaning: Using Text Networks to Model Survey Short Response Text
    • Meredith Rolfe

3) Discussion Networks

  • You Disgust Me! Campaigns, Emotions, and Political Discussion Networks
    • Anand Sokhey, Carey Stapleton, and Jenny Wolak
  • Contextual Constraints on Discussion Partner Choice and Correct Voting
    • Talbot Andrews, and John Barry Ryan
  • Do Ideologically-Mixed Hashtags Signal Cross-Ideological Engagement?
    • Warren Allen and Shawn Gaulden
  • Investigating the Dynamic Interplay Between Political Ideology and One's Social Network: A Longitudinal Study of College Freshmen
    • Paul Stillman, Andrew Luttrell, Skyler Cranmer, and Richard Petty

Mentoring Lunch: 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Panel Session Three: 1:45pm to 3:15pm

1) Homophily in Networks

  • Does Social Tie Strength Moderate Affective Polarization on Facebook?
    • Jaime Settle
  • Polarized Networks? New Evidence on Voters Political Communication Networks
    • Ross Butters, Chris Hare, and Bob Huckfeldt
  • Shifting Demographics: Understanding How Ethnically Diverse Networks Influence Hispanics/Latinos' Willingness to Engage in Online and Offline Political Talk
    • Andrea Quenette and Alcides Velasquez
  • Inferring Preferences Without Talking: Using Limited Visual Information to Guide Political Discussant Choice Via Homophily
    • William Eveland, Steven Kleinman, and Jacob Long

2) Methods: Inference

  • A New Database and Software for Inferring Public Policy Diffusion Networks
    • Bruce Desmarais, Frederick Boehmke, Mark Brockway, Jeffrey Harden, Scott LaCombe, Frindolin Linder, and Hanna Wallach
  • Inferential Approaches for Network Analysis: AMEN for Latent Factor Models
    • Shahryar Minhas and Michael Ward
  • A Little Jiffy Method for Community Detection in Network Data
    • Burt Monroe
  • The Effects of Shocks on Interacting Social Networks: An Agent-Based Model and Experimental Evidence
    • Zeev Maoz, Keith Burghart, Michelle Phillips, and Luba Levin-Banchik

3) Voting Together

  • Social Proximity and Friends-and-Neighbors Voting in Local Elections
    • Matthew Pietryka, Donald DeBats, and Sarah Johns
  • Understanding Gender and Political Participation: Assessing the Relationship Between Networks and Dispositions
    • Paul Djupe, Amanda Friesen, and Anand Sokhey
  • From Chatter to Action: How Social Networks Inform and Motivate in Rural Uganda
    • Jenn Larson, Janet Lewis, and Pedro Rodriguez
  • Networks, Turnout, and Strategic Voting in the 2015 Canadian Election
    • Jack Reilly and Debra Leiter

Panel Session Four: 3:30pm to 5:00pm

1) Congressional Communication and Policymaking Networks

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Collaboration in Congressional Letter-Marking Networks
    • Nicole Kalaf-Hughes and Russell Mills
  • Varying-Coefficient Models for Dynamic Networks
    • Jihui Lee, Gen Li, and James Wilson
  • The Role of Social Networks for Women in Politics
    • Yoonjung Lee and Jesse Hammond
  • The Name-Dropping Connections of Congress
    • Lindsey Cormack and Stephen McArdle

2) Collaboration and Governance

  • Boundaries of a Network or a Boundary of Networks? Dynamic Network Approach to Issue-Specific Latent Networks and Actual Networks of Regional Collaboration
    • Chang-Gyu Kwak and Richard Feiock
  • Reconstructing Racist Networks and Communities by Modeling Diffusion of Memes and Language
    • Oren Tsur and David Lazer
  • A Network Model for Continuous-Time Textual Communications with Application to Government Email Corpora
    • Bomin Kim, Zachary Jones, Bruce Desmarais, and Hanna Wallach
  • Advocacy Coalitions and the Structure of Environmental Policy Networks
    • Georgia Pfeiffer, Adam Henry, and Thomas Dietz

3) Comparative Political Parties

  • Leadership in Networks
    • David Siegel
  • The Inner Life of Political Parties - How Patronage Networks Influence Leadership
    • Isabelle Borucki
  • Revealing Enablers and Dampeners of Party Switching: A Meta Analysis of Network Panel Data
    • Jose Manuel Magallanes

Poster Setup: 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Poster Session: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Friday Local Activity: Italian Village Food and Drink Tour

Saturday, June 17

Panel Session Five: 9:00am to 10:30am

1) Social Media, Opinion, and Organizing

  • A Social network Analysis of the Resistance Twitter Ecology
    • Jose Marichal, Ryan Mundy, Jack Rockwood, Alex Egertson, and Jinny Milani
  • Understanding the Effect of the Travel Ban on Non-English Language Tweets in the United States
    • Bryce Dietrich, Caglar Koylu, Caroline Tolbert, and Courtney Juelich
  • Experimental and Observational Evidence of Selective Sharing on Social Media
    • Julia Kamin
  • Who Protests? Using Social Media Data to Solve Ecological Inference Problems in Studies of Mass Behavior
    • Paul Zachary, Chris Fariss, and Ted Chen

2) International Relations and Conflict

  • The Unintended Effects of International Interdependence: An Endogenous Model of Trade Network Formation and Effect
    • Olga Chyzh
  • Friends and Enemies: Using Event Data to Detect Positive and Negative Security Communities
    • Jesse Hammond
  • External Support Networks in Civil Wars
    • Elizabeth Menninga

Panel Session Six: 10:45am to 12:15pm

1) Judicial Networks

  • Leaders and Followers: Mapping the State Supreme Court Citation Network
    • Shane Gleason, Scott Comparato, and Christine Bailey
  • Judges to Judges: The Impact of Selection Methods on State Supreme Courts
    • Kristen Renberg
  • Assessing the Administrative Law Network
    • Robert Bond, Michael Nelson, Judkins Mathews, and Chris Fariss
  • A Network Approach to Influence: Interest Group Composition and Dissensus on the Supreme Court
    • Sahar Abi-Hassan, Janet Box-Steffensmeier, and Dino Christenson

2) Comparative Legislatures

  • Networks and Social Influence in European Legislative Politics
    • Philip Leifeld, Thomas Malang, and Laurence Brandenberger
  • Inferring Influence Networks from Longitudinal Bipartite Relational Data
    • Frank Marrs, Benjamin Campbell, Bailey Fosdick, Skyler Cranmer, and Tobias Bohmelt
  • Measuring and Modeling Accomplishment in Congressional Legislation Networks, 1789-2014
    • Lefteris Anastasopoulos and Anthony Madonna
  • Look Who's Talking: Bipartite Networks as Representations of a Topic Model of New Zealand Parliamentary Speeches
    • Ben Curran, Kyle Higham, Elisenda Ortiz, and Demival Vasques Filho

3) Regional Governance Networks

  • Institutional Fit and Wildfire Risk Governance
    • Matthew Hamilton, Paige Fischer, and Alan Ager
  • Climate Adaptation, Sea-Level Rise, and Complex Governance in San Francisco
    • Mark Lubell and Matthew Robbins
  • Understanding the Democratic Potential of Placemaking
    • Ryan Salzman and Marisa Yerace
  • Political Homophily and Information Sharing in Urban Water Governance
    • Emily Bell, Adam Henry, and Gary Pivo

Business Meeting and Lunch: 12:30pm to 1:30pm