The field of political methodology is growing rapidly, influencing the quality of empirical research in every substantive field of the discipline, and making important methodological contributions that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Our methods faculty are actively involved in these exciting developments, publishing in first-rate journals in a variety of fields both within and beyond political science. Our methods faculty has added depth in recent years, expanding to include Eric Lawrence and Brandon Bartels.
Faculty members involved in teaching methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels include Steve Balla, Brandon Bartels, Eric Lawrence, Jim Lebovic, and Paul Wahlbeck. Their methodological interests cover generalized linear models, discrete and limited dependent variables, maximum likelihood estimation, and multilevel modeling. Substantive interests of the group have spanned American politics, public policy, international relations, political economy, sociology, and public health.
In addition, a number of other faculty members have serious research interests in methodological issues, contributing to top methods journals (for example, Bruce Dickson in comparative politics; Forrest Maltzman in American politics; Chad Rector in international relations; and Robert Adcock in the philosophy of social science). Henry Hale's article "Divided We Stand" (World Politics 2004) won the APSA Qualitative Methods Section's 2005 Alexander L. George Award for best article in qualitative methods.