23rd Annual Summer Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, July 20-22, 2006

University of California, Davis

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General Information About the Meeting

This Summer UC-Davis is the host of the Society for Political Methodology Summer Conference. Since 1984 the Society for Political Methodology has held an annual Summer conference. These conferences have been generously supported by the host institution, and by the National Science Foundation. Recent conferences have been held at FSU, Stanford, Minnesota, Washington, Emory, UCLA and Texas A&M. For details not provided here or any other questions, contact Jeff Gill, or Skyler Cranmer (graduate student assistant).

The program runs from 9AM to 5PM on Thursday and Friday, and 9AM to 5:30PM on Saturday. There are also workshops Friday and Saturday 8AM to 9AM. A graduate student poster session will be held on the Friday evening in the Alumni Center. Be warned, Davis weather is warm in the Summer (though not humid). Since the mode of dress at the methods meeting has always been very casual, this should not be a big deal.

There is also a last-minute set of instructions, which was emailed to attendees but is available here as well.

Dates of Importance:

Attendees should make their travel plans to arrive on Wednesday, July 19 and depart Sunday, July 23. Dorm residents who will be arriving or leaving on different dates should contact the organizers.


The paper sessions will be held each day at the University Club on campus. This is a casual environment located in a wooded part of campus near the Arboretum. On Friday night we will convene for graduate student posters, refreshments and then dinner in the Alumni Center. Saturday's event is a sit-down dinner in the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Program Information

UCD Host Information

Transportation Information

From Sacramento International Airport (strongly recommended, 916-874-0700 general information) to Davis: From San Francisco International Airport (650-876-7834 general information) to Davis: From Oakland International Airport (510-577-4000 general information) to Davis: If you drive to Davis and would like a UC Davis parking pass, please contact Skyler Cranmer.

Local Accommodations

We have blocks of hotel rooms at four hotels reserved under the "Political Methodology Meeting," which will be released to the public if not reserved by June 19. Central Davis is a small area and these hotels are all within very easy walking distance of the conference site (5-10 minutes maximum). There will also be a dedicated bus service for the conference at the end of dinner each evening cycling between campus and the four hotels. For those staying in the dorms (and have let us know that), the following information is important.


Registration was closed May 1.

Poster Information

Local Information

Facts about UC-Davis

City of Davis

Some useful Davis links.

Morning Coffee:

Although there will be coffee at the meeting virtually all of the meeting times, we understand further needs may exist. Downtown Davis has quite a few coffee shops for a small town and we recommend: Mishkas (514-B 2nd Street), Roma Cafe 1 (231 E Street), Roma Cafe 2 (223 3rd Street), Crepeville (3rd Street), Cafe Bernardo (3rd Street), Ciocolat (301 B Street) and of course Starbucks (208 F Street). On campus, there are coffee shops in the Memorial Union, the Surge building, and in front of Olson Hall (see campus map).


If you are interested in running, the arboretum area where we are meeting is a popular spot due to the scenery (watch out for the ducks). There is also a nice running track closeby on campus on the North-East corner at Russell and A Streets. For those staying in the dorms, on check-in you will receive a "recreation and leisure pass," which includes access to the very new and very high-tech Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). The ARC has: a Fitness Center, 4 Court Gym, Climbing Wall, MAC, 4 Wall Courts, Indoor Track, Martial Arts Studio, Dance Studio, Group Exercise Studio, Group Cycling Studio, and Distributive Cardio. You can see details at their information page.

Here are some favorite bars in downtown Davis:

Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Davis is quite close to Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Here are some links to fun and interesting things to do in the Napa/Sonoma area.

Our Generous Supporters

We appreciate support from the following organizations, without whom we could not have run the meeting.