April 30: Application for the meeting is now closed.
May 24: Registration for the meeting is now closed.

Call for Proposals

Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to announce that the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology (PolMeth XXXVI) is now accepting proposals. The meeting will be hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will take place at the Samberg Conference Center on July 18-20, 2019. 
This year, we are continuing the new meeting format that was introduced and overwhelmingly positively received at last year's meeting, with several modifications based on the feedback. Specifically:
1) We welcome both proposals that focus on methodological innovations, and proposals that apply cutting-edge methods to empirical problems of substantive interest.
2) We will have two formats for paper presentations: regular presentation and short presentation sessions. A regular presentation session will feature a single paper with 40-minute oral presentation, followed by a discussion and Q&A. A short presentation session will contain two papers sharing a common theme, and (unlike APSA panels) each paper presentation will be immediately followed by a brief dedicated discussion and Q&A. 
3) We will hold "Emerging Scholars Panels" that will feature presentations by junior scholars and scholars from groups underrepresented in political methodology. These panels will be moderated by senior scholars and will occur during the main conference.
The Society for Political Methodology is fully committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. We recognize that our impact as a subfield -- from our ability to communicate our findings and to speak to a broad audience to our ability to consider the breadth of methodological possibilities -- comes through diversity, and we actively seek and welcome people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We are making various efforts to fulfill our commitment to diversity at this year's meeting. 
We require that all participants acknowledge and follow the Code of Conduct at SPM Events to ensure a harrassment-free environment at the meeting. You will be asked to confirm your agreement in the application form. You can read the Code of Conduct on the SPM's website.
You should apply NOW if you are:
- Faculty who want to present papers or posters
- Faculty volunteering to discuss
- Faculty who simply want to attend
- Junior faculty who want to be considered for limited funding
- Graduate students who want to present a poster
The deadline for applications is March 29. This deadline is firm. Late applications will not be considered.
IF YOU ARE A GRADUATE STUDENT: You must have your application supported by a faculty recommendation. These recommendations are submitted through a webform and must be completed by the application deadline (March 29). They are typically 2 to 4 paragraphs in length and discuss the student’s poster proposal, methodological training, and any other information that would be relevant for the Program Committee. We strongly encourage you to give your recommenders as much advance notice as possible, and inform them of the March 29  deadline.
The registration fee for the conference will be $275 for SPM members ($225 if you are a student) and $300 for non-members ($250 for a student).
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the conference organizers at
We look forward to receiving your applications!
Teppei Yamamoto
The PolMeth XXXVI Program Committee Chair, on behalf of its members (Pamela Ban, Justin Esarey, Jay Goodliffe, Jennifer Pan, Ludovic Rheault, Betsy Sinclair, and Ariel White)