See the calendar on the right for the full schedule.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Neo wins NCA award

Congratulations to Rachel Neo. Her paper, “Examining the Influence of SNS Network Homogeneity on Actual Voting Behavior Via Affective Responses toward In and Out-Group Presidential Candidates As Intervening Variables” was named one of four Top Student Papers in the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Congratulations to former (is there such a thing? COPS-4-LIFE!) COPS member Elizabeth Stoycheff, COPS member Erik Nisbet, and Dmitry Epstein for winning first place in the Robert L. Stevenson Paper Competition of the International Communication Division of AEJMC. Their paper, "Differential Effects of Information-Rich and Information-Poor Internet Use on Citizens' Demand for Democracy" was presented last week at the AEJMC conference in Montreal.
Congratulations to Erik Nisbet, Kaatie Cooper, and Kelly Garrett for their top-3 paper award winning AEJMC paper, "The Partisan Brain: How Dissonant Science Messages Lead Conservatives and Liberals to (Dis)trust Science." The paper was presented to the ComSHER division at the AEJMC conference last week, and is in press at the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. It can be found here:
Congratulations are in order for Kelly Garrett and political science graduate students Dustin Carnahan and Emily Lynch. Their collaborative paper, "A Turn Toward Avoidance? Selective Exposure to Online Political Information, 2004-2008," was recently awarded the Best Paper in Political Behavior by the American Political Science Association's Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section. Their paper is the inaugural winner of this award. An abstract of the paper can be found here:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Weeks accepts position, wins award

Many congratulations to Brian Weeks. Brian, who defended his dissertation last week, has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna. And this week, the APSA Political Communication section has awarded Brian the Timothy Cook Best Graduate Student Paper Award for his 2013 paper “Feeling is Believing? The Influence of Emotions on Citizens’ False Political Beliefs”. Nice work, Brian!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mershon Center Event: "Interdisciplinary Studies of Political Behavior and the Use of ‘Big Data’ "

The Ohio State University's Mershon Center for International Security Studies, in collaboration with Cross-national Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program (CONSIRT) and the Polish Academy of Sciences, presents "Interdisciplinary Studies of Political Behavior: From Elections to Protests", a conference held at the Mershon Center. This conference is part of a larger event held at OSU from May 6-9, 2014. The event opens with the conference, as detailed below, and is followed by the Workshop “Comparability of Data” (May 8-9), held in the Department of Sociology.

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The focus of this event is the relationship between political participation and democracy in light of both theoretical understanding and empirically based research.  Analyzing individual and contextual determinants of political behavior can be approached from various theoretical approaches used in political science, sociology, economics and other disciplines. Empirically, most studies in the field employ data from a single cross-national survey project (e.g World Values Survey, or European Social Survey). Yet, the wealth of existing information is much greater, as international surveys could be harmonized ex post and turned into ‘big data’ consisting of unusually large number of variables with individuals nested in countries and time periods. This is the goal of the Harmonization Project, which has selected 21 international public opinion surveys for harmonization consideration, to create online accessible, comparable measurements of social values, action and demographics with global coverage.  This project, of which the May event is a part, is currently funded by both Poland’s National Science Centre and OSU’s Mershon Center, and fits the OSU Data Analytics initiative.  

The Conference brings together noted scholars in the field of democracy, politics and protest, and cross-national methodology, to contribute – via lectures, presentations and discussions in a multidisciplinary forum – to furthering our understanding of democracy and political participation around the world.  The Workshop is devoted to key technical issues of data comparability assessment following the harmonization of data from international public opinion survey projects.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lance Bennett - “The Logic of Connective Action: Public Engagement in the Digital Age”

In lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting next week, COPS members are strongly encouraged to attend Lance Bennett's talk at the Mershon Center.  Advanced registration is encouraged.  

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Professor Bennett will be well known to anyone studying political communication.  He is a prolific scholar whose work has shaped the field.  He will be speaking about his latest book, The Logic of Connective Action.  A full bio and abstract are below.


Lance Bennett, Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication at University of Washington-Seattle, will deliver “The Logic of Connective Action: Public Engagement in the Digital Age” at 3:30 p.m. Monday (4/7) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.  Bennett is director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, which studies how communication processes and technologies can enhance citizen engagement.  Bennett has published and lectured widely on media and information systems in civic life. His research areas include theories of citizenship and civic life; press-government relations; communication and the organization of national and transnational advocacy; the rise of the networked society; and how digital media are changing the public sphere.

He has received the Ithiel de Sola Pool Lectureship and the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award from the American Political Science Association; Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, from Uppsala University; the Olof Palme Visiting Professorship in Sweden; and a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar career award. His most recent book is The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics, with Alexandra Segerberg (Cambridge University Press, 2013).


This presentation will explain the rise of personalized, large-scale publics in which diverse populations address the common problems of our times such as economic fairness and climate change. These episodes of mass engagement often entail diminished or modified roles for conventional organizations such as parties, NGOs, or movement groups that orchestrated most of political life in the 20th century. In some cases, formal brick and mortar organizations are almost absent, as in digitally mediated crowds such as Occupy Wall Street, in which dispersed local camps were coordinated through numerous technology platforms that enabled the flow of inclusive discourses such as "We Are the 99%."

In such mobilizations, communication operates as an organizational process that may replace or supplement familiar forms of collective action based on organizational resource mobilization, leadership, and collective action framing. A second notable type of connective action in today's public engagement picture involves more conventional political organizations such as NGOs, but more in background roles of deploying networking technologies, and personalized communication logics that enable diverse pathways for engagement with various political causes. The talk explores how power is organized in these communication-based networks, how traditional media engage with them, and what political outcomes may result.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Brendan Nyhan - Tipping the Scales - 3/19 @ noon

Brendan Nyhan, an Asst. Professor of Political Science at Dartmouth College, will give a talk this week in the Political Science department as part of the Workshop in American Politics.  The talk, which is titled "Tipping the scales? Testing for political influence on public corruption prosecutions", will be held in the Spencer Room on Wednesday, March 19th, at noon. Contact Kelly for a copy of the paper.

Nyhan co-authored "All the President's Spin" in 2004, and has received considerable media attention for his work on the difficulty of correcting inaccurate beliefs about politics and science.  He also serves as a political analyst for the New York Times.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Being an effective reviewer

ICA has posted a couple brief articles about reviewing for journals that may help set the stage for our conversation this afternoon.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

International Summer School on (New) Media Effects on Electoral Behaviour, to be held from 7-11 July 2014 in Milan

The Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Italy) and the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) are pleased to announce the 4th edition of the International Summer School on (New) Media Effects on Electoral Behaviour, to be held from 7-11 July 2014 in Milan.

The School addresses the main theoretical and empirical questions at the intersection of political communication, political science, and political sociology, with a special focus on the impact of communication factors, from television to the new digital media, on electoral participation, political attitudes, and voting behaviour.

The lecturers are internationally renowned academics. Confirmed speakers include Patricia Moy, Rachel Gibson, Andrew Chadwick, Stefano Iacus, David Karpf, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Sara Hobolt, Claes de Vreese, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Winfried Schulz (see the School’s webpage for more information and for the speakers of the past editions:

Student participants come from around the world; countries represented at previous Summer Schools include USA, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, among others.

Building on its successful experience, this year’s Summer School will present another opportunity for 30 PhD candidates and early career academics in Communication, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science to attend an intensive, 5 day-long Program that consists of two morning lectures daily and paper presentations and discussions in the afternoon. Furthermore, two workshops on Big Data research methods an on writing for scholarly journals will be offered during the week.

Candidates interested in participating in the Summer School should submit a 3-page research proposal or an extended abstract of a research paper on issues related to the main theme of the Summer School. Submissions should include the application form, a CV, a brief bio (max. 100 words) mentioning main research interests and ongoing projects, as well as a supporting recommendation letter from an advisor or another academic supervisor endorsing the candidate with a brief explication of why the candidate will benefit from the Summer School.

All participants are expected to be present for all the 5 days of presentations and training, contribute actively to the discussions, as well as get acquainted with the materials distributed before their arrival to the Summer School. A Certificate and 6 ECTS will be awarded to each participant successfully completing the School.

Application deadline – 12 April 2014
Selected candidates will be contacted – 3 May 2014
Registration deadline – 20 May 2014

This year the School will offer 3 tuition waivers and 5 travel grants: more information available at the School’s website.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hyunjin Song wins a Top Student Paper Award at ICA, lead authored paper in Political Communication

Congratulations to Hyunjin Song, who was recently notified that he has won a top student paper award from the Mass Communication division of ICA for his paper: "The Matthew Effect or the Equalizing Effect? Mutual Causation and 'Moderating Mediator' Relationships Between Media Use and Political Discussion." Jin is also first author of a paper accepted over the winter break for publication in Political Communication: "The structure of communication networks matters: How network diversity, centrality, and context influence political ambivalence, participation, and knowledge."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Big Data Conference at Ohio State

Some of you may be interested in the Big Data conference taking place at OSU this March. Here's a link to info so you can decide whether or not you'd like to register.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Comparative National Elections Project mini-conference at Mershon Center

"Findings and Implications from the Comparative National Elections Project (CNEP III) "
Friday, October 18, 2013, 9:45AM - 3:30PM
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 

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This workshop will present and discuss the findings of the Comparative National Elections Project.  This is the Mershon Center’s longest-running research project, and it has become one of the largest survey-based research projects in the world, now including over 40 countries on five continents.

The editors of our forthcoming volume—Richard Gunther, Paul Beck (both of the Mershon Center), Pedro Magalhães (University of Lisbon), and Alejandro Moreno (ITAM, Mexico)—will summarize and lead discussions of the wide-ranging empirical findings and their implications (both for social science theory-building and for the real world of democratic politics) that will be presented in this forthcoming volume or were published in our previous volume.  These include cross-national variations in the processes through which citizens receive information about politics and elections; the surprising variations in the ways citizens understand “democracy;” support for and satisfaction with the performance of democracy; the extent to which sociopolitical values have emerged as social and political cleavages in contemporary societies; and the determinants of electoral behavior in contexts as diverse as the United States and Mozambique.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Exciting 2012 Election Conference at OSU


The Confirming U.S. Presidential Election of 2012

Friday, October 11 – Saturday, October 12, 2013
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Herbert Weisberg, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, The Ohio State University

This conference will examine the 2012 presidential campaign and election, analyzing factors that affected voting, including the impact of domestic, foreign, and military policy debates.  

The 2012 U.S. presidential election took place against the backdrop of continuing domestic recession along with persistent issues regarding tax rates and deficit reduction. The country was winding down its commitments in wars abroad while still being faced with military threats around the world. Immigration was an important issue for Hispanic voters, as well as for many Americans who opposed amnesty toward illegal immigrants. As in recent elections, social issues including abortion and marriage equality found their way into the campaign. While not debated explicitly, race is always a factor in U.S. elections.

The 2012 election confirmed Obama's 2008 voter coalition of African-Americans, Hispanics, women, gays, and young people, with each of these groups continuing to vote Democratic and with higher than their normal turnout levels. Thus, the 2012 election could be seen as confirming a pro-Democratic realignment of the electorate that had emerged in the 2008 election, which could have long-term implications. 


Friday, October 11

9 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Group Dynamics in the 2012 Election

“Racial Group Identity and the 2012 Election”  - Vincent Hutchings and Hakeem Jefferson (Univ. of Michigan)

“Earning and Learning the Latino Vote 2008 to 2012: How the Obama Campaign Tried, Refined, Learned, and Made Big Steps in Cross-Racial Mobilization to Latinos” - Matt Barreto (Univ. of Washington) and Loren Collingwood (UC Riverside)

1 - 3 p.m. Racial Attitudes in the Obama Years

“The Changing Impact of Anti-Black Attitudes on Approval of Barack Obama’s Job Performance and on Voting from 2008 to 2012” - Josh Pasek (Univ. of Michigan); coauthors: Tobias Stark (Stanford/Utrecht), Jon Krosnick (Stanford) & Trevor Tompson (NORC)

“Barack Obama, Racial Attitudes, and the 2012 Election”  - Michael Tesler (Brown University)

3:35 - 5:15 p.m. Implications of the 2012 Election

“Ideology and Polarization in the 2012 Presidential Election” - William Jacoby (Michigan State)

"Racial Attitude Effects on Presidential Voting by Whites, 2008 and 2012" - Herb Weisberg (Ohio State) 
“Barack Obama and the Nationalization of Electoral Politics in 2012” -  Gary Jacobson (University of California, San Diego)

Saturday, October 12

9 - 12:15 p.m. Campaign Factors and Issues

“Obama’s War? Casualties in Afghanistan and the President’s Bid for Reelection” - Christopher Gelpi and Kristine Kay (Ohio State)

“Between Barack and a Hard Place: Valence Voting in the 2012 Presidential Election” - Harold Clarke (Texas - Dallas); coauthors: Paul Whiteley (Essex), Thomas Scotto (Essex), Marianne Stewart (Texas – Dallas), & David Sanders (Essex)

“The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Pres. Election, Chap. 7, "The Winning Hand” - Lynn Vavreck (UCLA); coauthor: John Sides (George Washington Univ.)

Herb Asher, The Ohio State University
Matt Barreto, University of Washington
Paul Beck, The Ohio State University
Adam Berinsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Janet Box-Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University
David Campbell, University of Notre Dame
Harold Clarke, University of Texas – Dallas
Loren Collingwood, University of California - Riverside
Christopher Gelpi, The Ohio State University
Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan
Gary Jacobson, University of California - San Diego
William Jacoby, Michigan State University
Corrine McConnaughy, The Ohio State University
John Mueller, The Ohio State University
Josh Pasek, University of Michigan
Nathaniel Swigger, The Ohio State University
Michael Tesler, Brown University
Lynn Vavreck, University of California at Los Angeles
Herb Weisberg, The Ohio State University
Ismail White, The Ohio State University

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Events in October

There are many events happening around campus in the month of October that may be of interest to COPS members.  We will be posting these events on the website calendar as announcements come in.  Be sure to check out the event website before showing up: some require that you RSVP ahead of time.