Workshops, Seminars & Classes

  • 2021 Oct 28

    Adriane Fresh (Program on Political Economy Seminar)

    4:30pm to 5:45pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel, room K354

    Adriane Fresh (Duke University), "Population and Political Change in Industrial Britain"

    Abstract

    This paper considers the contribution of population growth and urbanization—key processes of modernization—for political development in Britain, largely considered the first nation to undergo a modern demographic transformation.  Where the modernization literature has typically considered the consequences of urbanization for national-level political institutions, I consider the deeply-related, but distinct question of how variation in population and its geographic distribution within Britain affected electoral contestation and the characteristics of political representatives.  I ask whether these core modernization processes fundamentally disrupted the extant powerful and facilitated greater turnover in the political elite.  To do so, I use an original dataset of Member of Parliament (MP) biographical information to measure political contestation, the presence of political dynasties, and the circulation of new economic interests through political power.  Leveraging sub-national variation in population growth and urbanization over ~150 years, I find that modernization diversified the economic interests of MPs, increased electoral contests and reduced the presence of political dynasties and other traditional elites. I demonstrate that new political representatives were not simply the old elite in a new economic guise.  I interpret this as evidence in support of modernization theory—economic modernization in the British Isles broke entrenched elites' direct hold on political power.... Read more about Adriane Fresh (Program on Political Economy Seminar)

  • 2021 Nov 03

    James Robins (Workshop in Applied Statistics)

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel, room K354

    Today's speaker: James Robins (Harvard Department of Epidemiology)

    The Applied Statistics Workshop (Gov 3009) meets all academic year, Wednesdays, 12pm-1:30pm, in CGIS K354. This workshop is a forum for advanced graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars to present and discuss methodological or empirical work in progress in an interdisciplinary setting. The workshop features a tour of Harvard's statistical innovations and applications with weekly stops in different fields and disciplines and includes occasional presentations by invited speakers.

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  • 2021 Nov 04

    Kierkegaard and Love Workshop (Human Flourishing)

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Online

    You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to the first instalment of the “Kierkegaard and Love Workshop” hosted by The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University on November 4-5, 2021. The Human Flourishing Program is an interdisciplinary research center within the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. The Program considers a number of important topics relevant to human flourishing, which include family, friendship, virtue, community, work, love, beauty, forgiveness, religion, purpose,...

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  • 2021 Nov 05

    David Lazer (WoGPoP)

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, room S020

    This week's speaker: David Lazer, Harvard and Northeastern Universities

    Check the WoGPoP site for details.

    The Working Group in Political Psychology and Behavior (WoGPoP) is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of current research that uses a psychological and empirical orientation to examine the micro-foundations of citizen and elite behavior. Our topics include but are not limited to identity, emotion,...

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  • 2021 Nov 17

    Adeline Lo (Workshop in Applied Statistics)

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel, room K354

    Today's speaker: Adeline Lo (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    The Applied Statistics Workshop (Gov 3009) meets all academic year, Wednesdays, 12pm-1:30pm, in CGIS K354. This workshop is a forum for advanced graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars to present and discuss methodological or empirical work in progress in an interdisciplinary setting. The workshop features a tour of Harvard's statistical innovations and applications with weekly stops in different fields and disciplines and includes occasional presentations by invited speakers.

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  • 2021 Nov 19

    Sarah Dryden-Peterson (WoGPoP)

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, room S020

        This week's speaker: Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Harvard University

        Check the WoGPoP site for details.

        The Working Group in Political Psychology and Behavior (WoGPoP) is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of current research that uses a psychological and empirical orientation to examine the micro-foundations of citizen and elite behavior. Our topics...

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  • 2021 Dec 01

    Susan Murphy (Workshop in Applied Statistics)

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel, room K354

    Today's speaker: Susan Murphy (Departments of Statistics and Computer Science)

    The Applied Statistics Workshop (Gov 3009) meets all academic year, Wednesdays, 12pm-1:30pm, in CGIS K354. This workshop is a forum for advanced graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars to present and discuss methodological or empirical work in progress in an interdisciplinary setting. The workshop features a tour of Harvard's statistical innovations and applications with weekly stops in different fields and disciplines and includes occasional presentations by invited...

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