2017 Harvard Experimental Political Science Conference

March 24 - 25, 2017
CGIS South 1730 Cambridge St,
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Experiments Working Group held its Second Annual Harvard Experimental Political Science Conference at Harvard University on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017. The conference was comprised of eight panels.  The keynote speaker for the conference was Guy Grossman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. 

The conference was generously supported by Dustin Tingley, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Conference Schedule
(Presenters ordered by last name within panel)

Panel 1: CGIS S-030, 8:00 am - 10 am, March 24 (Friday)
Shiro Kuriwaki, Harvard University, “When Wealth Encourages Individuals to Fight: Evidence From the American Civil War” (Joint with Andrew Hall and Connor Huff)
Adeline Lo, Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University. “Determinants of refugee exclusion and its attenuation: The case of Syrian refugees to the U.S.” (Joint with Claire Adida and Melina Platas Izama)
Carly Wayne, University of Michigan, “The Strategic Psychology of Terrorism”
Discussant: Jon Rogowski, Assistant Professor, Harvard Department of Government

Panel 2: CGIS S-030, 10:00 am - 12 pm, March 24 (Friday)
Abhit Bhandari, Columbia University, “The Political Determinants of Economic Exchange”
Saad Gulzar, New York University, “Why do Citizens Become Politicians? Experimental Evidence on the Social Dimensions of Candidacy” (Joint with Muhammad Yasir Khan)
Daniel Masterson, Yale University, “Refugee Social Networks and Collective Problem Solving” 
Discussant: Yuhua Wang, Assistant Professor, Harvard Department of Government

Keynote Talk: 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm, March 24 (Friday), CGIS S-030
Guy Grossman, UPenn, “Information Dissemination, Competitive Pressure, and Politician Performance between Elections: A Field Experiment in Uganda”
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Panel 3: CGIS S-030, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, March 24 (Friday)
Nazita Lajevardi, University of California, San Diego, “The Media Matters: Muslim American Portrayals and the Effects on Mass Attitudes” 
Leah Rosenzweig, MIT, “Voting for Status: Political Participation Among the Poor in Tanzania” 
Tara Slough, Columbia University, “Judicial System Organization and Human Rights” (Joint with Christopher Fariss)
Discussant: Daniel Smith, Assistant Professor, Harvard Department of Government

Panel 4: CGIS K-262, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, March 24 (Friday)
Elaine K. Denny, University of California, San Diego, “The Good Intention Gap: Poverty, Anxiety, and Implications for Political Action” 
Dane Thorley, Columbia University, “Please Recuse Yourself: A Field Experiment Exploring the Relationship Between Campaign Donations and Judicial Recusal” (Joint with Donald Green, Jonathon Krasno, Costas Panagopoulos, and Michael Schwam-Baird)
Michelle Torres, Washington University in St. Louis, “Through the Ideology of the Beholder: Partisan Perceptions and Polarization Among the Mass Public” (Joint with Jonathan Homola, Jon Rogowski, and Betsy Sinclair)
Discussant: David Glick, Assistant Professor, Boston University Department of Political Science


Panel 5: CGIS S-010, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, March 25 (Saturday)
Kirk Bansak, Stanford University, “A Generalized Approach to Power Analysis for Estimation of Local Average Treatment Effects”
James Bisbee, New York University, “Online and Offline Social Networks” (Joint with Jennifer Larson)
Romain Ferrali, Princeton University, “Partners in Crime? Corruption as a Criminal Network”
Discussant: Xiang Zhou, Assistant Professor, Harvard Department of Government

Panel 6: CGIS S-010, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, March 25 (Saturday)
Asli Cansunar, Duke University, “The Distributive Basis of Tax Compliance” (Joint with Pablo Beramendi and Raymond Duch)
Alexander Kustov, Princeton University, “Why do—and don’t—compassionate voters support immigration?” 
Christoph Mikulaschek, Princeton University, “Power of the Weak: How Informal Power-Sharing Shapes the Work of the UN Security Council”
Discussant: In Song Kim, Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Political Science

Panel 7: CGIS S-010, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, March 25 (Saturday)
Jonathan Chu, Stanford University, “Reciprocity, International Humanitarian Law, and American Attitudes toward Wartime Torture” 
Lindsay Dolan, Columbia University, “The Distortionary Effects of Classifications on Aid Allocation Decisions” 
Kerry Ann Carter Persen, Stanford University, “The Moderates’ Dilemma: Obstacles to Mobilization Against Islamist Extremism” 
Discussant: Daniel Altman, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University Department of Political Science (Starting Fall 2017) 

Panel 8: CGIS S-010, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, March 25 (Saturday)
Charles Crabtree, University of Michigan, “Religious Affiliation and Discrimination in American Public Schooling” (Joint with Steven Pfaff, Holger Kern, Christopher Fariss, and Jason Jones)
Libby Jenke, Duke University, “Voter Decision Making Models: Predetermined or Primed?”
Kevin Munger, New York University, “Don’t @ Me: Experimentally Reducing Partisan Incivility on Twitter”
Discussant: Ariel White, Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Political Science



Connor Huff, Mayya KomisarchikChristopher Lucas, Gabrielle Malina, Shom Mazumder, and David Romney

Any questions can be directed to the Conference Organizers at: hewg.harvard@gmail.com.


Faculty Sponsor

Dustin Tingley