IPSA Summer School - São Paulo

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9th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science and International Relations
January 8-26, 2018

University of São Paulo

The 9th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science and International Relations will be held at the University of São Paulo, Brazil from January 8 to 26, 2018. The deadline to apply is extended to October 20, 2017.

Founded in 2010, the IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science gives scholars in the social sciences access to high-quality, cutting-edge, advanced training in qualitative and quantitative social science methods. The courses offer participants rigorous, hands-on training in state-of-the-art research methods.

*Module 1 (January 8-12) (35 hours) *

  • Basics of Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis, Bruno Cautres (Sciences Po)
  • Designing Feasible Research Projects in Political Science, Allyson Benton (CIDE)
  • Essentials of Applied Data Analysis, Leonardo Barone (University of São Paulo)
  • Essentials of Multiple Regression Analysis, Glauco Peres da Silva (University of São Paulo)
  • Modeling Dynamics, Lorena Barberia (University of São Paulo), Andy Phillips (University of Colorado at Boulder)

*Module 2 (January 15 -19) (35 hours) *

  • Advanced Issues in Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis, Bruno Cautres (Sciences Po)
  • Advances in Modeling Dynamics, Guy D. Whitten (Texas A&M University), Lorena Barberia (University of São Paulo), Andy Phillips (University of Colorado at Boulder)
  • 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)
  • Building Parametric Statistical Models, Glauco Peres da Silva (University of São Paulo)
  • Survey Research Design, Soledad Artiz Prillaman (Nuffield College at Oxford University)

*Module 3 (January 22 -26) (35 hours) *

  • Advanced Issues in Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Contemporary Methods for Causal Inference, Jason Seawright (Northwestern University)
  • An Introduction to Relational Social Science, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (American University)
  • Conducting Field Research in Political Science: Interviewing and Mixed Methods Approaches, Melani Cammett (Harvard University)
  • Mathematics for Social Scientists, Glauco Peres da Silva (University of Sao Paulo)
  • Methods and Problems in Political Philosophy, Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna)
  • Modeling Dynamics in Space and Time, Guy D. Whitten (Texas A&M University) and Lorena Barberia (University of São Paulo)
  • Process Tracing Case Studies, Derek Beach (University of Aarhus)
  • Survey Research Analysis, Soledad Artiz Prillaman (Nuffield College at Oxford University)

For more information on the School´s courses and instructors, financial aid, registration fees, and more, visit our website (http://summerschool.fflch.usp.br) or contact us at summeripsa@usp.br.

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8th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science and International Relations
January 23-February 10, 2017

University of São Paulo

The 8th session of the IPSA-USP Summer School was held at the University of São Paulo from January 23 to February 10, 2017. Jointly organized by the University of São Paulo’s Department of Political Science and Institute of International Relations and the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Summer School is recognized as a leading program providing basic and advanced training in a range of methodologies and techniques. In 2017, a record 282 students (from 51 institutions in 18 countries, with women accounting for 40% of the student body) enrolled in 19 one-week courses given by the Summer School.

The following one-week modules were offered:

  • Basics of Causal Case Study Methods – Derek Beach, University of Aarhus
  • Building Parametric Statistical Models – Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo
  • Designing Feasible Research Projects in Political Science – Allyson L. Benton – CIDE
  • Essentials of Applied Data Analysis – Leonardo Barone, University of São Paulo
  • Methods and Problems in Political Philosophy – Herlinde Pauer-Studer, University of Vienna
  • Modeling Dynamics – Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo and Andrew Phillips, Texas A&M
  • Advances in Modeling Dynamics  – Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo and Guy Whitten and Andrew Phillips, Texas A&M
  • Basics of Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Regression – Jason Seawright, Northwestern University
  • Basics of Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis – Bruno Cautrès, Science Po
  • Basics of Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) – Carsten Schneider, Central European University
  • Basics of Spatial Interdependence in Theory and Practice – Laron Williams, University of Missouri
  • The Philosophy of Science: Positivism and Beyond – Patrick T. Jackson, American University
  • Using Case-Based Methods in Practice – Derek Beach, University of Aarhus
  • Advanced Issues in Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Contemporary Methods for Causal Inference – Jason Seawright, Northwestern University
  • Advanced Issues in Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) – Carsten Schneider, Central European University
  • Advanced Issues in Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis – Bruno Cautrès, Science Po
  • Essentials of Multiple Regression Analysis – Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo
  • Modeling Dynamics in Space and Time – Guy Whitten, Texas A & M University and Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo
  • Predicting Elections – Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington

Students also participated in three information sessions on studying in Europe and the U.S., replication in qualitative research, and recent controversies regarding p-values. A late-afternoon seminar on “Why do voters disagree about the strength of the national economy?  A hybrid model of spatial evaluations” was delivered by Laron Williams. Clifford Young, Jason Seawright, and Guy Whitten participated in a panel discussion on “Explaining the U.S. Election.”  Top prize in the 2017 poster competition was presented to Marina Merlo for her poster “Women, Political Parties and Elections: A Long Way to Run?”

Institutional Partners

The 2017 IPSA-USP Summer School was made possible with the generous financial support of the Department of Political Science, the Institute of International Relations, the School of Philosophy, Letters and the Humanities (FFLCH), and the Provost’s Office for Research at the University of São Paulo. We are also grateful for the valuable support provided by FAPESP, CAPES, and CNPq. Together, these public sector research funding institutions have been long-time supporters of the Summer School and invaluable to its success. The Summer School is also supported by the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM) and the Center for Comparative and International Studies (NECI) at the University of São Paulo.   Scholarships for participants of the School from developing countries were provided by IPSA and Ipsos. Stata provided software licensing for the computer laboratories.

Local Organization Committee

Lorena Barberia, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo (Chair)
Daniela Schettini, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo
Glauco Peres da Silva, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo
Adriana Schor, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo

 

7th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science and International Relations
January 18-February 5, 2016

University of São Paulo

The 7th session of the IPSA-USP Summer School was held at the University of São Paulo from January 18 to February 5, 2016. Organized by the University of São Paulo’s Department of Political Science and Institute of International Relations and the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Summer School is recognized as a leading program providing basic and advanced training in a wide range of methodologies and techniques. In 2016, the School welcomed 225 students enrolled in 14 courses from 44 institutions in 17 countries, with women accounting for 52% of the student body.

The following one-week modules were offered:

  • The Philosophy of Science: Positivism and Beyond - Patrick T. Jackson, American University
  • 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 Analysis- Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo
  • Advanced Time Series Analysis - Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo and Guy Whitten, Texas A & M University
  • 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 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis – Bruno Cautrès, Science Po
  • Building Parametric Statistical Models - Randy Stevenson, Rice University
  • Advanced Issues in Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Contemporary Methods for Causal Inference, Jason Seawright, Northwestern University
  • Advanced Issues in Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis – Bruno Cautrès, Science Po
  • Maximum Likelihood Estimation - Randy Stevenson, Rice University
  • Pooled Time Series Analyses - Guy Whitten, Texas A & M University
  • Using Case-Based Methods in Practice- Derek Beach, University of Aarhus

Students also participated in two Information Sessions on academic publishing and replication. A late-afternoon seminar on “Studying the Political Behavior of American Billionaires: A Multi-Method Approach” was delivered by Jason Seawright. A panel discussion on “Corruption, the PT and Lava Jato: Long term implications and Public Opinion” was held with participation by José Roberto de Toledo Rosário, Sérgio Praça, Alberto Almeida, Guy Whitten and Clifford Young. For the first time, the School also hosted a meet the author session with Guy Whitten to celebrate the Portuguese book launch of the Fundamentals of Doing Political Science Research (co-authored with Paul Kellstedt).  The first prize of the 2016 poster competition was awarded to Rodrigo Martins for his poster "PSDB in its Origin: An analysis of the Constituent Assembly Period."

Institutional Partners

The 2016 IPSA-USP Summer School was made possible with the generous financial support of the Department of Political Science, the Institute of International Relations, the School of Philosophy, Letters and the Humanities (FFLCH), and the Provost’s Office for Research at the University of São Paulo. We are also grateful for the valuable support provided by BNDES, FAPESP, CAPES and CNPq. Together, these public sector research funding institutions have been long-time supporters of the Summer School and invaluable to its success. The Summer School is also supported by the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM) and the Center for Comparative and International Studies (NECI) at the University of São Paulo.   

Local Organization Committee

Lorena Barberia, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo (Chair)
Daniela Schettini, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo
Glauco Peres da Silva, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

 

 

Sao Paulo

6th IPSA-USP Summer School on Methods and Concepts in Political Science and International Relations
January 26 - February 13, 2014
University of São Paulo, Brazil

 

The 6th session of the IPSA-USP Summer School on Methods and Concepts in Political Science and International Relations was held at the University of São Paulo from January 26 to February 13, 2015. A cooperative partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the University of São Paulo’s Department of Political Science and Institute of International Relations, the School welcomed 204 students enrolled in 13 courses from 62 institutions in 17 countries, with women accounting for 50% of the student body.

The following courses quantitative and qualitative courses were offered:

  • Refresher Course in Statistics (Leonardo Barone, Getúlio Vargas Foundation)
  • Refresher Course in Mathematics (Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo)
  • Refresher Course in Multiple Regression Analysis (Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo)
  • Knowing and the Known: An Introduction To The Philosophy of Science (Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University)
  • Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis (Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris)
  • Time Series and Pooled Time Series Analyses (Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University, and Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo)
  • Causal Case Study Methods:  Comparing, Matching and Tracing (Derek Beach, University of Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Predicting Elections (Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington)
  • Introduction to Network Analysis using Pajek (Vladmir Batagelj, University of Ljubljana)
  • Mathematics for Social Scientists (Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo)
  • Game Theory and Applications for Political Science (Rebecca Morton, New York University)
  • Methods and Problems in Political Philosophy (Herlinde Pauer-Studer, University of Vienna)
  • Spatial Data Analysis with Spatial Econometrics (Robert Haining, University of Cambridge)

Students also participated in two Information Sessions titled “Academic Publishing”; and “Graduate Studies in the U.S. and Europe”. Students were also invited to participate in two Late-Afternoon Lectures titled “Global Justice: Problems of a Cosmopolitan Account” (Prof. Herlinde Pauer-Studer) and “Evaluating a local area crime reduction scheme using a quasi-experimental design: The case of no cold calling zones in Cambridgeshire, England” (Prof. Robert Haining).

 

Institutional Partners

Generous support for the Summer School was provided by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), the University of São Paulo, FAPESP, IPSOS, IPSA and the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM).

 

Summer School Faculty

Local Organization Committee

Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Executive Director

Eduardo Marques, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

Lorena Barberia, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

Daniela Schettini, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo

Glauco Peres da Silva, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

 

Faculty Instructors

Prof. Derek Beach, Universtity of Aarhus

Prof. Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po

Prof. Patrick Jackson, American University

Prof. Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University,

Prof. Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington

Prof. Rebecca Morton, New York University

Prof. Vladmir Batagelj, University of Ljubljana

Prof, Robert Haining, University of Cambridge

Prof. Herlinde Pauer-Studer, University of Vienna

Prof. Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo

Prof. Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo

Prof. Leonardo Barone, Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Sao Paulo 2014

The 5th session of the IPSA-USP Summer School on Methods and Concepts in Political Science and International Relations was held at the University of São Paulo from January 27 to February 14, 2014. A cooperative partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the University of São Paulo’s Department of Political Science and Institute of International Relations, the School welcomed 153 students from 62 institutions in 17 countries, with women accounting for 50% of the student body.

Courses were offered in a variety of quantitative and qualitative fields:

  • Comparative Research Designs and Comparative Methods (Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg)
  • The Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences (Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University)
  • Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis (Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris)
  • Multi-level Analysis (Iñaki Sagarzazu, Glasgow University)
  • Time Series and Pooled Time Series Analyses (Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University, and Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo)
  • Case Study Methodology – small-n research designs (Derek Beach, University of Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Predicting Elections: Analytical Techniques and Illustrative Case Studies  (Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington)
  • Introduction to Network Analysis using Pajek (Vladmir Batagelj, University of Ljubljana)
  • Refresher Course Statistics (Lorena G. Barberia, University of São Paulo)
  • Mathematics for Social Scientists (Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo)

Once again, students were invited to participate in four information sessions titled (respectively) “Preparing for a Career in Political Science”; “Graduate Studies in the U.S. and the U.K.”; “Early Career Challenges”; and “Publishing.”

The IPSA-USP Summer School also hosted a series of public lectures intended to enrich discussions on how methods are improving the quality of research in the field. The four late-afternoon lecture series given by Summer School faculty dealt with the following themes: Models, Methods and Techniques: Elections; Working with Census Data; Quantitative Strategies; and Small-n and Mixed Methods Strategies.

Institutional Partners

Generous support for the Summer School was provided by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), the University of São Paulo, FAPESP, IPSOS, IPSA, the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM), and the Brazilian Association of Political Science (ABCP).

 

Summer School Faculty

Local Organization Committee

Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Executive Director

Eduardo Marques, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

Lorena Barberia, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

Daniela Schettini, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo

Feliciano de Sá Guimarães, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo

 

Faculty Instructors

Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo

Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg

Derek Beach, University of Aarhus

Vladmir Batagelj, University of Ljubljana

Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University

Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo

Iñaki Sagarzazu, University of Glasgow

Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University

Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington

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Sao Paulo 2014

Sao Paulo 2014

IPSA summer School- Sao Paulo 2013

January 21, 2013 - February 8, 2013
University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil

Building on the success of the first three editions of the IPSA Summer School, which was first presented at the University of São Paulo in 2010, the Fourth Annual IPSA Summer School was held from January 21 to February 8 at the University of São Paulo.

The Summer School is a cooperative partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the University of São Paulo’s Department of Political Science and Institute of International Relations. For its fourth season, the Summer School welcomed a total of 126 students from 42 institutions in 14 countries, with women accounting for 40% of the student body.

Courses were offered in a variety of quantitative and qualitative fields:

  1. Comparative Research Designs and Comparative Methods (Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg)
  2. Knowing and the Known: Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences (Prof. Patrick Jackson, American University)
  3. Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis (Prof. Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris)
  4. Game Theory and Applications for Political Science (Prof. Peter Rosendorff, New York University)
  5. Quantitative Textual Analysis (QTA) (Prof. Iñaki Sagarzazu, Nuffield College, University of Oxford)
  6. Time Series and Pooled Time Series Analyses (Prof. Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University)
  7. Case Study Methodology – Small-n Research Designs (Prof. Derek Beach, University of Aarhus, Denmark)
  8. Communications and Applied Research for Political and Policy Stakeholders (Prof. Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington)
  9. Voting in Legislatures: From Theory to Data Analysis (Prof. Simon Jackman, Stanford University)
  10. Refresher Course in Mathematics and Statistics (Prof. Lorena G. Barberia and Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo)

Students were also invited to participate in four lunch-hour information sessions titled (respectively) “Writing Effectively About Scientific Research”; “Academic Careers in Political Science and International Relations in Brazil: Reflections on the Discipline”; “Graduate Studies Abroad”; and “Publication Strategies.” Four seminars were also promoted in conjunction with the Summer School: “The Epistemological Foundations of the Social Sciences”; “New Developments in Data Collection and Dissemination for Brazil”; “The Fundamentals of Doing Political Science Research: Recent Books in Methods for Political Sciences”; and “The Cases of the most Recent US and French elections”.

 

 

Institutional Partners:

The Summer School is a partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Department of Political Science (DCP), the Institute for International Relations (IRI) at the University of São Paulo and the Brazilian Association of Political Science (ABCP).

Generous support for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Summer Schools was provided by the IPSA, by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), by the University of São Paulo, by FAPESP and by the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM).

 

Summer School Faculty

Coordinating Faculty

Prof. Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Executive Director

Prof. Eduardo Marques, Local Organization Committe, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

Prof. Leandro Piquet Carneiro, Local Organization Committee, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo

Prof. Lorena Barberia, Local Organization Committe, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

Prof. Daniela Schetini, Local Organization Committee, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo

 

Faculty Instructors

Prof. Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Prof. Derek Beach, Universtity of Aarhus, Denmark

Prof. Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris

Prof. Simon Jackman, Stanford University, USA

Prof. Patrick Jackson, American University

Prof. Peter Rosendorff, New York University

Prof. Iñaki Sagarzazu, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University, USA

Prof. Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington

Profs. Lorena Barberia and Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo

São Paulo 2012January 30, 2012 - February 10, 2012
University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil

 

Building on the First and Second IPSA Summer Schools held at the University of São Paulo in 2010 and 2011, the Third Annual IPSA Summer School set out to achieve three goals in 2012:

1.        To train current and future scholars in cutting-edge social science methods, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis, as well as research design and research methods.

2.        To bring together advanced social science scholars from the University of São Paulo, the rest of Brazil, other countries in Latin America, and the broader world in such a way as to create broad research networks that can stimulate the exchange of ideas, techniques and advanced methods across national and sub-disciplinary boundaries.

3.        To further consolidate the effort to establish a Summer School in Latin America that can serve as a global center for the propagation of advanced methods and techniques in political science research.

 

Courses were offered in a variety of quantitative and qualitative fields:

1.         Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and related methods (Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg)

2.         Mixed methods design (Prof. Max Bergman, University of Basel)

3.         Analyzing cross-national data sets with multivariate techniques (Prof. Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris)

4.         Behavioral games and strategies in politics (Prof. Rebecca Morton, New York University)

5.         Quantitative textual analysis (Prof. Iñaki Sagarzazu, Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

6.         Multiple regression analysis (Prof. Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University)

7.         Case study methodology – small-n research designs (Prof. Derek Beach, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

8.         Communications and applied research for political and policy stakeholders (Prof. Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington)

9.         A Practical Introduction to Bayesian Statistical Modeling (Prof. Simon Jackman, Stanford University)

For the first time, Professors Lorena G. Barberia, Glauco Peres da Silva and Fernando Guarnieri from the University of São Paulo taught a one-week refresher course in mathematics and statistics in the week preceding the Summer School. The course provided basic training in mathematical concepts and statistics to prepare students for the courses offered in the IPSA Summer School 2012.

Students met each day for classes in their specific courses, with many instructors lecturing in the morning hours and then conducting computer labs, group exercises, or study sessions in the afternoons.

Students were also invited to participate in four informational sessions during lunch times, on the subjects of “Careers Outside of Academia”; “Visiting Scholar and Post Doc Positions Abroad”; “Graduate Studies Abroad”; and, “Publication Strategies.” These proved to be quite popular among the students, and led to spirited question and answer periods.

Parallel with, and complimentary to the Summer School, the International Seminar program in the late afternoons served as a useful form of outreach, by which instructors and Brazilian faculty working on related questions presented their research findings to the broader university community. It also served as a useful means of introducing students to other instructors’ research and methods. In 2012, two seminars were devoted to examining “Voting and elections”, one seminar was focused on examining “The state of the discipline” and one seminar on “Globalization and the economic crisis”. The International Seminar program was very popular, bringing together both Summer School students and the local academic community in numbers that frequently surpassed 100 people. Full video of the information and seminar sessions were recorded and became available at the School website.

 

The School admitted 138 students, 41% of them female. The median age was 30; the average age was 32. Students came from 44 different institutions in 15 different countries: Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Chile , Colombia, Czech Republic, Spain,  Italy, Portugal, Ukraine, Montenegro, Russian, Slovak Republic, USA, Belgium and Venezuela.

The School was coordinated by Prof. Dirk Berg-Schlosser (Executive Director); Prof. Eduardo Marques; Prof. Leandro Piquet Carneiro; Prof. Lorena Barberia and Prof. Daniela Schetini (Local Organization Committee)

Special Activities

Additionaly to the courses, the Summer School offered special activities. It also included four informational sessions during lunch times, on the subjects of “Careers Outside of Academia”; “Visiting Scholar and Post Doc Positions Abroad”; “Graduate Studies Abroad”; and, “Publication Strategies".

Parallel with, and complimentary to the Summer School, the International Seminar program in the late afternoons served as a useful form of outreach, by which instructors and Brazilian faculty working on related questions presented their research findings to the broader university community. It also served as a useful means of introducing students to other instructors’ research and methods. In 2012, two seminars were devoted to examining “Voting and elections”, one seminar was focused on examining “The state of the discipline” and one seminar on “Globalization and the economic crisis”.

You may watch these activities using the following links:

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The Summer School was developed as partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Department of Political Science (DCP), the Institute for International Relations (IRI) at the University of São Paulo and the Brazilian Association of Political Science (ABCP), which joined the effort in 2012 for the first time.

Generous support for the Summer School was provided by the IPSA, by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), the University of São Paulo (Dean of Graduate Studies - Pró-Reitor de Pós-Graduação and Dean of Research - Pró-Reitor de Pesquisa), and by the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM).

Sao Paulo Summer School 2011January 31, 2011 - February 11, 2011
University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil

The Second Annual IPSA Summer School set out to achieve three goals in 2011:

1- To train current and future scholars in cutting-edge social science methods, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis, as well as research design and research methods.

2- To bring together advanced social science scholars from the University of São Paulo, the rest of Brazil, other countries in Latin America, and the broader world in such a way as to create broad research networks that can stimulate the exchange of ideas, techniques and advanced methods across national and sub-disciplinary boundaries.

3- To consolidate the effort to establish a Summer School in Latin America that can serve as a global center for the propagation of advanced methods and techniques in political science research.

Courses were offered in a variety of quantitative and qualitative fields:

1- Comparative research design and configurational comparative methods (Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg)

2- Mixed methods design (Prof. Max Bergman, University of Basel)

3- Comparative survey design (Prof. Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris)

4- The experimental approach to political science research (Prof. Rebecca Morton, New York University)

5- Textual analysis (Prof. Rainer Schmidt, Martius Chair of European and German Studies, University of São Paulo; and Prof. Matthias Hastall, University of Augsburg)

6- Multiple regression analysis (Prof. Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University)

7- Qualitative methods and research designs (Prof. Gary Goertz, University of Arizona)

8- Communications and applied research for political and policy stakeholders (Prof. Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington)

The School admitted 164 students, 41% of them female. The median age was 30; the average age was 32. Students came from 35 different institutions in 16 different countries: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, France Italy, Poland, UK, India, Norway, Spain, USA and Venezuela.

The educational background of students was very heterogeneous, but also very high-level. Faculty and post-doctoral fellows accounted for a fifth of the student body, and Ph.D. students accounted for half.

Students met each day for classes in their specific courses, with many instructors lecturing in the morning hours and then conducting computer labs, group exercises, or study sessions in the afternoons. Students were also invited to participate in three informational sessions during lunch times, on subjects such as “Pursuing graduate study abroad”; “Surviving graduate school”; and “Publishing in political science.”

Parallel with, and complimentary to the Summer School, the International Seminar program in the late afternoons served as a useful form of outreach, by which instructors’  work was presented to the broader university community. It also served as a useful means of introducing students to other instructors’ research and methods. In 2011, the Seminars addressed  the following themes: “Is political behavior biological?”; “Variable polls across variable places: the validity of survey research across boundaries”; "The quest for causal inference - recent developments in the social sciences"; and “Descriptive-causal generalizations: 'empirical laws' in the social sciences?".

 

Institutional Partners:

The Summer School is a partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Department of Political Science (DCP) and the Institute for International Relations (IRI) at the University of São Paulo.

Generous support for the Summer School was provided by the IPSA, by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), by the University of São Paulo, and by the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM/CEBRAP).

São Paulo 2010February 1-12, 2010
University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil

The first IPSA São Paulo Summer School happened between February 1 and February 12, 2010. The School brought together nearly 90 students from around the world for six different courses in methodology. The 2010 IPSA Summer School’s first goal was to provide young scholars of social science in Brazil and other South American countries with access to high-quality, cutting-edge, advanced training in qualitative and quantitative social science methods. We have no doubt that this goal was fully accomplished. Despite the rush to get the Summer School up and running in less than four months, this inaugural Summer School gathered together top-notch students and excellent instructors for a truly dynamic two weeks together.

The Summer School established by a cooperative partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the Department of Political Science and the Institute of International Relations at the University of São Paulo.  

The Summer School received 87 students coming from 35 different institutions in 10 different countries. Around 40% of the students were enrolled in a PhD program, 28% in a master program and 19% were already faculty. The gender breakdown of enrolled students was one-third female (29); two-thirds male (58). The age was 32.

Classes were the primary activity during the Summer School, with class lectures every morning, followed by lab sessions, group activities, and study sessions in the afternoons.

During six of our ten nights together, students were also invited to participate in an Evening Lecture Series that was open to the public. At the Evening Lectures, each of the six instructors talked about their research, and a prominent local academic led discussions about the substantive and methodological implications. The Evening Lecture Series was very popular, bringing together both Summer School students and the local academic community in numbers that frequently surpassed 100 people.

There were few organized social events for all participants in the Summer School. However, we did hold an opening cocktail party on the first Monday of the Summer School, which proved to be an effective way to kick off the networking that the Summer School aims to encourage. Students also organized their own outings with each other, as well as with instructors. Instructors had a number of gatherings as a group, to discuss the Summer School as well as to show them the sights of São Paulo.

 

The Summer School was coordinated by:

Prof. Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Executive Director

Prof. Mathew Taylor, Local Organization Committee, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo

Prof. Leandro Piquet Carneiro, Local Organization Committee, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo

The School offered the following courses:

  1. Game Theory
    (Prof. Rebecca Norton, New York University)
  2. Comparative research design and configurational comparative methods (Prof. Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg)
  3. Comparative survey design
    (Prof. Bruno Cautrès, Sciencespo, Paris)
  4. Multiple regression analysis
    (Prof. Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University)
  5. Methodologies of case studies
    (Delia Schindler, Hamburg University)
  6. Mixed methods design
    (Prof. Max Bergmann, University of Basel)

Generous support for the Summer School was provided by the IPSA, by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), by the University of São Paulo, and by the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM/CEBRAP).