Models, Experiments, and Data Workshop

Welcome to the website of the Models, Experiments, and Data workshop (MEAD) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This workshop invites outside speakers, faculty members, and graduate students to present their work and receive feedback. If you’re interested in presenting at MEAD in the 2023-2024 academic school year, please contact the graduate student coordinator. If you would like to be added to the MEAD email list, please contact the graduate student coordinator.

Unless otherwise noted, our meetings are held in person (422 North Hall) on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:45pm.

Our workshop will be actively discussing the presentations and general methods research on the MEAD Slack workspace! If you submit a request to be added to the MEAD listserv, you will be invited to the MEAD Slack as well.

2023-2024 SCHEDULE

Faculty Directors

Adeline Lo (

Jonathan Renshon (

Graduate Student Coordinators

Yehzee Ryoo (

MEAD Calendar

What Styles of Presentations Do We Have?

(1) Practice Job Talks: 30-40 minutes presentation, followed by Q&A for 15 min, followed by feedback.

(2) Presentations:

“The Classic”: Similar to invited talks, presenters circulate a working paper and present a more detailed 30-40 minute talk after which there is audience Q&A. Discussants may be requested with enough advance notice.

“The In-Progress”: Designed to support in progress work – such as prospectuses or exploratory phases of projects, these do not require circulating work ahead of time, but are 20-30 minute presentations prefaced with specific requests on the types of feedback that would be most helpful to move the work forward. Q&A to follow.

“The EPW style”: This is primarily meant to support feedback for experimental designs. Presenters circulate a ~5 pg write up prior to the meeting, which attendees are expected to read and prepare comments for the author(s). No formal presentation expected. EPW-style sessions can host two presenters.

(3) Invited Speakers: 30-40 minutes presentation, followed by discussant comments, followed by Q&A.


February 2: Virtual

February 16: Matthew Kim (Political Science, UW-Madison)

February 23: 

Ryan Powers (School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia

Chad Hazlett (Political Science & Statistics, UCLA)

March 1: Konstantin Sonin (Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago)

March 8: Amber Boydstun (Political Science, UC Davis)

April 5: MPSA (no meeting)

April 12: Yang Yao (National School of Development, Peking University)

April 19: IV EPW Pilot Grant Competition 

April 26: Tanushree Goyal (Politics and International Affairs, Princeton)

April 29: Marty Davidson (Political Science, UW-Madison)

May 5: Yehzee Ryoo (Political Science, UW-Madison)  

FALL 2023

September 8: Introductions

September 15: Hohyun Yoon  (Political Science, UW-Madison)

September 22: Molly Offer-Westort (Political Science, University of Chicago)

September 29: Scott Clifford (Political Science, Texas A&M

October 6: Ethan vanderWilden & Hohyun Yoon  (Political Science, UW-Madison)

October 13: EPW Pilot Grant III Recap

October 18: Kosuke Imai (Government & Statistics, Harvard) (Statistics Seminar)

October 20: Kosuke Imai (Government & Statistics, Harvard) (MEAD)

October 27: Valeriia Umanets (Political Science, UW-Madison)

November 3: Priyadarshi Amar (Political Science, UW-Madison)

November 10: Shanthi Manian (School of Economic Sciences and Paul G. Allen School for Global Health, Washington State University)

November 17: Cigdem Sirin (Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso)

December 1: Saloni Boghale (Political Science, UW-Madison)

December 8: MEAD end of semester poster-session

We are part of a rich network of workshops and colloquia: American Politics Workshop (APW),  International Relations Colloquium (IRC), Comparative Politics Colloquium (CPC), Political Theory Workshop (PTW), Political Economy Colloquium (PEC), Experimental Politics Workshop (EPW), European Politics Workshop, and Latin American Colloquium (LAC).