See the calendar on the right for the full schedule.

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 

For more information, or to register, visit:

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.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Talk sponsored by OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values

COPS members may be interest in this talk, sponsored by the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values.

"Transparency, Corruption, and Democratic Institutions"Presented by the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values as part of the COMPAS Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society. 

Professor Graham Hubbs, University of Idaho Friday, 
September 13, 2013
347 University Hall 3:30 pm 

ABSTRACT: Proponents and critics alike have denied that Wikileaks’s releases of state secrets count as the work of a democratic press. A central goal of this paper is to produce an account of the press that is adequate for analyzing this view of Wikileaks’s activities. My account does not focus on the typical subject matter of discussions of free speech, such as its value, potential harms, and limits. Instead, I focus on the institutional role of the press in a well-functioning democracy. I give an account of institutions in general, and I develop this account in the context of Joshua Cohen’s recent work on democratic institutions. Cohen discusses this in the final chapter of his book Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals—I follow him in articulating my topic in Rousseauean terms. With this framework in place, I turn my discussion to the role of transparency in deterring institutional corruption. The basic thought here is perhaps unsurprising: to ensure that an institution is serving its public function and not being manipulated for self-interested gain, its activities must be subject to public scrutiny, and so these activities must be transparent to the public. While this transparency is important to any democracy, it is especially important to deliberative democracy, for, as Rousseau notes, a people cannot deliberate well if it is not properly informed. Saying this makes the role of transparency in a well-functioning democracy clear, but it does not settle how transparency is to be realized. This paper argues that transparency can be realized in a democracy only by an extra-governmental institution that has several of the familiar features of what we commonly call “the press.” It further argues that in its design and in many, though not all, of its activities, Wikileaks provides a contemporary example of such an institution. A full analysis of Wikileaks is beyond the scope of this paper, but the brief discussion that is provided highlights some of the challenges, both practical and theoretical, with institutionalizing transparency to minimize corruption in democracy.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


The 72nd Annual MPSA Political Science conference will take place from April 3-6, 2014 in Chicago at the Historic Palmer House Hotel. This is one of the largest conference in the discipline, with almost 6,000 presenters from 55 countries. We have added several new sections and presentation formats for the 2014 conference, including the Empire Lecture Series, Sessions on Professional Development, and a section for review and "state of the subfield" articles. You do not need to be a member to submit a proposal. The deadline for panel submissions is September 30, and the deadline for paper proposals is October 4. For more information:

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

COPS at work

In a COPS session two years ago, Morgan Ellithorpe presented a project that she was working on with Lance Holbert and Angela Palmer-Wackerly.  An article based on that work has now been accepted for publication in Communication Studies in the fall.  Congratulations to all the authors!

Ellithorpe, M. E., Holbert, R. L., & Palmer-Wackerly, A. L. (2013). Procrastination and the shifting political media environment: An experimental study of media choice affecting a democratic outcome.Communication Studies, 64(5).

And for those of you still on the fence about presenting: this is just the most recent example of how COPS can help.  You can see more examples here.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Two new Journal of Communication papers

COPS is VERY well represented in the most recent issue of Journal of Communication (August 2013). The lead article, "Undermining the corrective effects of media-based political fact checking? The role of contextual cues and naive theory" is by Kelly Garrett, Erik Nisbet, and Emily Lynch (a doctoral student in OSU Political Science). Erik Nisbet, recent OSU Ph.D. Teresa Myers, OSU doctoral student Morgan Ellithorpe, and Sol Hart (from the unnamed university to the north) have another article, "Attitude change in competitive framing environments? Open-/closed-mindedness, framing effects, and climate change." Congrats -- way to fly the COPS flag!

Monday, July 01, 2013

Southern Political Science Association -- Media and Politics division

The Southern Political Science Association is now accepting applications for their 85th Annual Conference. Members of COPS may be particularly interested in submitting to the Media and Politics section (headed this year by Chip Eveland). The Conference will be January 9-14, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please see below for a list of important links for the 2014 Conference. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

All Academic, SPSA's Conference Management Site:

The Hyatt Regency, New Orleans:

Conference Overview (Important dates, updates, etc.):"

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

OSU puts out news release about new COPS study in the Journal of Communication about Climate Change

The OSU Research Communications office put out a news release yesterday about a new study by current and former COPS members Erik Nisbet, Teresa Myers, and Morgan Ellithorpe (Sol Hart from University of Michigan is also a co-author). The study focuses upon competitive framing message environments, open-/closed-mindedness, and support for government intervention on climate change mitigation. The study is in press at Journal of Communication and is fully available online. The full release is available from the Research Communication website.

The citation and abstract appears below:

Nisbet, E.C., Hart, P.S., Myers, T., & Ellithorpe, M. (in press). Attitude change in competitive framing environments? Open/close-mindedness and framing effects about climate change. Journal of Communication.

Abstract: Framing scholarship on policy issues has primarily focused on how competitive message environments alter framing effects or how individual differences moderate the impact of frames. This study combines both of these focal areas by examining how individual open-/closed-mindedness moderates framing effects about climate change within competitive and noncompetitive framing contexts. Contrary to previous scholarship, our experimental study finds effects on attitudes in the competitive framing condition, but not the noncompetitive framing condition. The framing effects found in the competitive condition were contingent upon individual differences in open-/closed-mindedness. Analysis shows that individual open-/closed-mindedness influences framing effects in part by altering the effects of frame exposure on the perceived costs and benefits of government climate policies.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Reminder: Deadline for abstract submissions to the Midwest Association Public Opinion Researchers Annual Conference in Chicago is June 30th

MAPOR is a great conference for graduate students, as it has a very high acceptance rate for student papers and provides good feedback for aspiring scholars. Many OSU graduate student papers presented at AAPOR have found their way into print. Below is an announcement on how to submit a paper proposal (300 words or less) by June 30th. In addition, students can enter their full papers into a competition in September for a prestigious best paper prize given out by the association each year.
MAPOR 2013
Submission deadline: June 30
Don't forget to submit your abstract for the 2013 MAPOR conference to be held in Chicago, November 22-23, 2013! The call for papers, description of the student paper competition, and the new online abstract submission website are accessible at
We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker for the conference will be Lee Rainie from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.   Additionally, Michael Siciliano (University of Illinois at Chicago) we will be teaching a short course: 'An Introduction to the Measurement and Analysis of Networks'.  Be on the lookout for more information about the conference this summer.
Abstracts for papers, posters, or panels are due by midnight on June 30 and can be submitted at

Monday, June 03, 2013

OSU COPS members at ICA

In London for ICA later this month?  Don't miss these presentations by COPS members (bolded names):

Ellithorpe, M. E., Esralew, S., & Holbert, R. L. (2013). Putting the "self" in self-deprecation: When deprecating humor about minorities is acceptable. Paper accepted to the International Communication Association conference in London, UK.

Garrett, R. K., Johnson, B., Neo, R., & Dal, A.. (2013). Implications of pro- and counter-attitudinal information exposure for affective polarization. Paper accepted to the International Communication Association conference, Political Communication Division. London, UK.

Lee, J. (2013). Are some people less influenced by others’ comments?: The role of need for cognition and internal political self-efficacy in impression formation. International Communication Association (ICA), London, UK.

Lee, J. & Song, H. (2013). Why do people post news through social networking sites?: A focus on technology adoption, media bias, and partisanship strength. Paper Accepted for presentation for the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association at the 2013 annual meeting in London, UK. * Top 3 Student paper award 

Song, H. & Eveland., W. P., Jr. (2013). The Structure of Communication Networks Matters: How Network Diversity, Centrality, and Context Influence Political Ambivalence, Participation, and Knowledge. Paper Accepted for presentation for Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association at the 2013 annual meeting in London, UK.

Song, H. (2013). Media and Economic Voting in 2008 U.S. Presidential Election: Beyond Sociotropic and Egotropic Dichotomies. Paper Accepted for presentation for Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association at the 2013 annual meeting in London, UK.

Weeks, B.E. (2013). Online search behavior and political communication: Building theory with unobtrusive Internet data. Invited panel presentation to be given at the International Communication Association Conference, Mass Communication Division. London, UK.

Weeks, B.E., Ksiazek, T.B., & Holbert, R.L. (2013). Partisan enclaves or diverse repertoires? A network approach to the political media environment. Paper to be presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Political Communication Division. London, UK.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Harvard Journalism project highlights recent work by Weeks and Holbert

Today the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard profiled Brian and Lance's recent Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly article, "Predicting dissemination of news content in social media: A focus on reception, friending, and partisanship".  Each month the Journalism Lab publishes a summary of what its editors consider to be the most interesting new research about digital media.  Glad to see this work getting some well deserved attention!

Social media are an emerging news source, but questions remain regarding how citizens engage news content in this environment. This study focuses on social media news reception and friending a journalist/news organization as predictors of social media news dissemination. Secondary analysis of 2010 Pew data (N = 1,264) reveals reception and friending to be positive predictors of dissemination, and a reception-by-friending interaction is also evident. Partisanship moderates these relationships such that reception is a stronger predictor of dissemination among partisans, while the friending-dissemination link is evident for nonpartisans only. These results provide novel insights into citizens’ social media news experiences.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Congrats to former COPS member Lindsay Hoffman

Former -- or actually, founding -- COPS graduate student member Lindsay Hoffman has just received promotion to Associate Professor and tenure in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware. Lindsay was among the first students in our "new" graduate curriculum that was instituted in 2002, earning first her MA and then PhD here. Lindsay holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and is the Research Coordinator for Politics and Technology at the Center for Political Communication at UD. Lindsay also blogs for the Huffington Post and has published widely, including a recent paper building upon her dissertation work that was published in Communication Research. Congratulations Lindsay!

Post-doc opportunity

This post-doc will be housed in ASU's Sociology program, but applicants from other disciplines are welcome to apply.  If you're interested in youth political engagement, online protest, flash activism, etc., read on. Personally, I think this is a terrific opportunity for someone. I've known Jenn, the project director, for several years; she's great.  

Youth Activism Postdoctoral Fellowship

Job ID: 9300
Institution: University of Arizona
Department: School of Sociology
Title: Youth Activism Postdoctoral Fellowship
Position/Rank: Fellowships/Post-docs - Post-doctoral

The Youth Activism Project, housed in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona, invites applications for a one-year, renewable postdoctoral fellowship on youth and participatory politics to begin in Fall 2013. The Youth Activism Project, directed by Dr. Jennifer Earl, is part of the MacArthur Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. It is focused on youth engagement in protest, particularly online protest and flash activism.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for working with the PI to design and implement research studies related to overall project themes, including quantitative content coding of protest websites and analysis of this coding as well as interviews and focus groups with youth about online protest. Strong candidates will have research experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods, notable experience working in Stata or R, and be productive working in teams and independently. All candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand by the commencement of the fellowship and would preferably have received their Ph.D. within the past three years.

The School of Sociology at the University of Arizona is one of the best sociology programs in the country, consistently ranked among the top 20 Sociology programs in the United States for the past thirty years. It boasts a lively intellectual community and has played a pivotal role in the careers of many leading sociologists. Situated in the beautiful southwest in Tucson, the University of Arizona offers excellent benefits and Tucson offers a wonderful living experience. Competitive salary will be based on experience.

To apply, visit and apply for Job Number 52359. In addition to online forms, candidates must upload a letter of interest, c.v., (including the names of three references) and a research statement (see job ad for details).

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.  

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Forthcoming paper by COPS member

COPS member Jayeon "Janey" Lee and her fellow grad student Young-shin Lim just had a paper accepted at Mass Communication & Society.  Congratulations to both authors!

Lee, J. & Lim, Y. (in press). Who says what about whom? Young voters’ impression formation of political candidates on social-networking sites, Mass Communication & Society.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Great data resource for political communication - TESS (Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences)

TESS (Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences) is a great resource for faculty and graduate students to conduct experimental research with a generalizable population of adults for free. Yes, you read correctly, FOR FREE!

Funded by the National Science Foundation, you can submit brief five page proposals to conduct a study, they are peer-reviewed, and if approved, you can field the study at no cost to you. Great way to replicate experiments with adults, collect a larger data set of respondents with more heterogeneity of traits/individual differences, etc.

You can find more infomation about TESS at and how to submit proposals at

In addition, TESS has a special competition for young investigators - i.e. graduate students - that is meant to allow graduate students to field large scale studies. You can find more information at

If you have a any questions about TESS, please feel free to email me as I am an Associate PI for the program and reviewer of proposals at

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Welcoming Robert Bond to OSU

As most of you know, the School of Communication recently hired Robert Bond, ABD at UC-San Diego, for our position in social network analysis. Robert will be joining us this coming fall. Robert is lead author of what must be one of the (if not THE) largest random assignment experiment on humans in history -- a study conducted in conjunction with Facebook in which feeds were experimentally manipulated on election day in 2010. The study was published this last fall in the journal Nature. Robert's research thus links not only to social networks more generally, but also to the work we do in COPS. I encourage you to welcome Robert to OSU @!
Congratulations to Alyssa Morey and Steve Kleinman! Both Alyssa and Steve defended their dissertations earlier this month, and both also now have completed their revisions. Within a few weeks they'll be sitting in Ohio Stadium, listening to President Obama (OSU's graduation speaker), and receiving their Ph.D.'s officially. After that, they're both off to assistant professor positions (Alyssa at the University at Albany [formerly known as SUNY-Albany] and Steve at Indiana University of Pennsylvania).

It's very hard work to earn a Ph.D., so they deserve our congratulations.

Monday, April 15, 2013

COPS alumnus in the news

COPS alumnus Jason Reineke is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University, and he is the Associate Director of MTSU Poll.  Jason recently received nice coverage on a local television news station for some gay-marriage polling conducted by MTSU.  Watch the interview here:

Congratulations, Jason!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Recent peer-reviewed publications by COPS members

I asked COPS members to share with me what they've published recently.  The results are impressive: there are more than a dozen manuscripts, including five that will appear in flagship outlets. Congratulations to everyone for the great work.  (If I've missed something of yours, please let me know!).

Eveland, W. P., Jr. (in press; anticipated publication Sept. 2013). Linking social network analysis to the spiral of silence, coorientation, and political discussion: The intersection of political perceptions and political communication. In W. Donsbach, C. Salmon, & Y. Tsfati (Eds.), The spiral of silence: New perspectives on communication and public opinion. Routledge.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Garrett, R. K. (in press; anticipated publication 2013). Communication modalities and political knowledge. In K. Kenski & K. H. Jamieson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of political communication.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Hutchens, M. J. (in press). The role of conversation in developing accurate political perceptions: A multilevel social network approach. Human Communication Research. (accepted April 2013)

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Hutchens, M. J., & Morey, A. C. (in press). Political network size: Micro and macro implications. Political Communication. (accepted April 2012)

Garrett, R. K., Carnahan, D., & Lynch, E. K. (2013). A turn toward avoidance?  Selective exposure to online political information, 2004-2008. Political Behavior, 35(1), 113-134. doi: 10.1007/s11109-011-9185-6

Garrett, R. K., Nisbet, E. C., & Lynch, E. K. (in press). Undermining the corrective effects of media-based political fact checking? The role of contextual cues and naïve theory. Journal of Communication. (accepted December 2012)

Garrett, R.K., & Weeks, B.E. (2013). The promise and peril of real-time corrections to political misperceptions. Proceedings of the ACM 2013 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 1047-1058, New York: ACM.

Hayes, A. F., Matthes, J., & Eveland, W. P., Jr. (in press). Stimulating the quasi-statistical organ: Fear of social isolation motivates the quest for knowledge of the opinion climate. Communication Research. Available online 12/1/2011: DOI: 10.1177/0093650211428608.

Holbert, R.L., Weeks, B.E., & Esralew, S.E. (in press) Approaching the 2012 U.S. presidential election from a diversity of explanatory principles: Understanding, consistency, and hedonism. American Behavioral Scientist.

Knobloch-Westerwick, S. (2012). Selective exposure and reinforcement of attitudes and partisanship before a presidential election. Journal of Communication, 62, 628-642.

Knobloch-Westerwick, S. (in press). Selection, perception and processing of political messages. In C. Reinemann (Ed.), Political Communication (Vol. 18 of Handbook of Communication Sciences). Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin.

Knobloch-Westerwick, S., & Johnson, B. K. (in press). Selective exposure for better or worse: Its mediating role for online news’ impact on political participation. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. (accepted May 2012).

Lee, J. (2013). “You know how tough I am?” Discourse analysis of U. S. Midwestern Congresswomen's self-presentation, Discourse &Communication, 7(3)

Liu, Y. I., Shen, F., Eveland, W. P., Jr., & Dylko, I. (in press). The impact of news use and news content characteristics on political knowledge and participation. Mass Communication and Society. (accepted February 2013).

Pingree, R. J., Quenette, A. M., Tchernev, J. M. & Dickinson, T. (2013), Effects of media criticism on gatekeeping trust and implications for agenda setting. Journal of Communication, 63(2), 351–372. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12016

Weeks, B.E., & Holbert, R.L. (in press). Predicting dissemination of news content in social media: A focus on reception, friending, and partisanship. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Westerwick, A., Kleinman, S. B., & Knobloch-Westerwick, S. (in press). Turn a blind eye if you care: Impacts of attitude consistency, importance, and credibility on seeking of political information and implications for attitudes. Journal of Communication.

[Note that this list was amended on 4/10/13 and 4/15 to reflect several articles that I missed the first time.]

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Library website

Graham Walden, the Communication Librarian, has created an OSU Library web page dedicated to survey research.  The page includes many of the resources that we discussed in COPS a couple years ago.  You can find it here:

Friday, February 08, 2013

Update on PolNet Conference

Scott McClurg1:29pm Feb 8


"Important Announcements Regarding the 6th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops, June 26-29 in Bloomington, IN:

**The application deadline has been extended to February 15!

**The NSF has recently renewed support for this conference and for generous graduate fellowships.

**The fellowship application deadline will be March 1; and the website will include an application feature very soon. Contact Bruce Desmarais (, Fellowship Committee Chair, for more information.

**The workshops will cover novice and advance network topics and will continue to be a highlight of the conference and a valuable training opportunity--at a bargain. Workshop details will be forthcoming on the website.

** Keynote speakers include Dr. Brint Milward and Dr. Robert Huckfeldt.

**Visit for more information. **Apply Today**"

Polnet conference at IU in June

Hi everyone,

Just got this message from Scott McClurg. I strongly endorse this conference if you're interested in networks. It's much like MAPOR, where you get close contact with the biggest names in the game. I went last year and thoroughly enjoyed it; I'm only not going this year due to travel conflicts...

As you may or may not know, this year's Political Network Conference is very close to SIU -- its in Bloomington, Indiana.  It should be relatively inexpensive and we will have scholarships for students (I'm trying to find more information on how to apply).  I know all of you have some interest in SNA and are using it in your dissertations (in some form).  I encourage you to apply for funding and attending.  The deadline is coming up soon, but this is a good way to have people see your research.  If you're just interested in more training, its good for that as well.  Details are here:

Aaron, Alison, Darren, Chip, Jeff -- plz. forward to interested graduate students. Or, come yourselves!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Jayeon Lee and Lehigh University

Congratulations is to be offered as well to Jayeon "Janey" Lee who has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Journalism & Communication at Lehigh University.  Jayeon's dissertation is focusing on social media and the effects of journalists presenting varied personal and professional attributes in this environment.

Congratulations to Steve and Andrea

Congratulations go out to Steve Kleinman and Andrea Quenette, both of whom have secured positions as assistant professors for next year. Steve will be joining the faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Communications Media. Andrea will be joining the faculty of the University of Kansas in the Department of Communication Studies. Steve and Andrea are both working feverishly on completing their dissertations -- Steve on factors affecting willingness to communicate about politics interpersonally, Andrea on the communication and political correlates of political cynicism -- before they move on from OSU and the COPS group. Please join me in congratulating them on their accomplishments thus far!