10th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations

University of São Paulo, Brazil
January 14-February 1, 2019

The 10th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science will be held at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, from January 14 to February 1, 2019. The application deadline is October 10, 2018.

Founded in 2010, the IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science provides scholars of the social sciences with access to high-quality, advanced training in qualitative and quantitative social science methods. Course participants receive rigorous, hands-on training in state-of-the-art research methods, including:


Module 1 (January 14-18) (35 hours)  

  • Basics of Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis, Bruno Cautres (Sciences Po)
  • Designing Feasible Research Projects in Political Science, Allyson Benton (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City)
  • Essentials of Applied Data Analysis, Leonardo Barone (University of São Paulo)
  • Essentials of Multiple Regression Analysis, Glauco Peres da Silva (University of São Paulo)
  • Essentials of Time Series for Time Series Cross Section Analyses, Lorena Barberia (University of São Paulo) and Guy D. Whitten, Texas A&M University
  • Interviewing and Multi-Methods Research, Melani Cammett (Harvard University)
  • Introduction to Spatial Analysis, Jonathan Phillips (University of São Paulo)
  • Survey Research Design, Soledad Artiz Prillaman (Nuffield College at Oxford University)


Module 2 (January 21 -25) (35 hours)  

  • The Philosophy of Science: Positivism and Beyond, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (American University)
  • Advanced Issues in Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis, Bruno Cautres (Sciences Po)
  • Advanced Research Design in Political Science:  From Modeling to Manuscript, Allyson Benton (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City)  
  • Basics of Causal Case Study Methods, Derek Beach (University of Aarhus)
  • Basics of Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Regression, Jason Seawright (Northwestern University)
  • Basics of Spatial Interdependence in Theory and Practice, Laron Williams (University of Missouri)
  • Fundamentals of Time Series Cross Section Analyses, Guy D. Whitten (Texas A&M University) and Lorena Barberia (University of São Paulo)
  • Mathematics for Social Scientists, Glauco Peres da Silva (University of São Paulo)
  • Survey Research Analysis, Soledad Artiz Prillaman (Nuffield College at Oxford University)


Module 3 (January 28 –February 1st) (35 hours)

  • Advanced Issues in Multi-Methods Research: Integrating Case Studies and Contemporary Methods for Causal Inference, Jason Seawright (Northwestern University)  
  • Advanced Time Series Cross-Section Analyses, Andy Phillips (University of Colorado at Boulder) and Lorena Barberia (University of São Paulo)  
  • An Introduction to Survey Experiments, Mark Pickup (Simon Fraser University)   
  • Building Parametric Statistical Models, Glauco Peres da Silva (University of São Paulo)  
  • Making Causal Critiques, Jonathan Phillips (University of São Paulo)  
  • Methods and Problems in Political Philosophy, Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna)
  • Predicting Elections, Cliff Young (IPSOS)  
  • Process Tracing Case Studies, Derek Beach (University of Aarhus)


For further details on the School’s courses and instructors, financial aid, registration fees, and more, visit the website (http://summerschool.fflch.usp.br) or contact summeripsa@usp.br.

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