Dartmouth "Quantitative History" Workshop (June 1 and 2, 2015)

Workshop Guest Speakers from Harvard University:
Matthew Blackwell is an Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University and an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He studies political methodology, with a focus on dynamic causal inference, missing data, panel data, and social network analysis. His substantive interests include American politics, negative advertising, and historical political economy. (source: http://www.gov.harvard.edu/people/faculty/matthew-blackwell)

Maya Sen is a political scientist and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. Sen writes on issues involving the political economy of U.S. race relations, law and politics, and statistical methods. Her research has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, MSNBC, and other outlets, and has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Judicature, the Du Bois Review, and the Journal of Legal Studies. Her current book-length project, co-authored with Matthew Blackwell (Harvard) and Avidit Acharya (Stanford), explores the lasting impact of U.S. slavery on contemporary politics. Sen graduated with her Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University. She also holds an A.M. in Statistics and an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. (source: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/maya-sen)

Monday, June 1

  • 4:30-5:30pm  Public talk: "Southern Slavery and its Political Legacy:  How America's Peculiar Institution Continues to Affect American Politics Today." (Blackwell and Sen)  The link for the associated paper is http://www.mattblackwell.org/files/papers/slavery.pdf.

Tuesday, June 2

  • 9-10:30am Workshop Presentation 1: "The Political Legacy of American Slavery." (Blackwell and Sen)
  • 11-12:15pm Workshop Presentation 2: "The Cultural Evolution of National Constitutions." (Daniel Rockmore, William H. Neukom 1964 Professor of Computational Science, Dartmouth College)
  • 2-3:30pm Workshop Presentation 3: "Detecting Effects and Assessing Alternative Mechanisms:  How to Handle Mediators in Historical Analyses." (Blackwell and Sen)
  • 4-5pm Workshop Presentation 4: "America's Role in the Making of Japan's Economic Miracle." (Yusaku Horiuchi, Mitsui Associate Professor in the Study of Japan, Department of Government, Dartmouth College)


Co-sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center