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Conference Information

Washington University in St. Louis is proud to host the 39th annual meeting of the Society for Political Methodology. The conference will take place from July 21-23, 2012 at WashU in the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center. You can find helpful travel information here.

The conference will include panel presentations and poster sessions for faculty members and graduate students that will provide ample opportunity for rich interaction and scholarly interchange. You can find the program here.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendees can participate either in-person or online, though most panelists will attend in person.

Please keep these key dates in mind:

  • June 17: Official program announced
  • July 6: Accepted papers and posters to be submitted
  • July 20: Arrive for the conference


Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center

Throop Drive and Snow Way Dr, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA

There will also be an online option for attendees. Details will be announced closer to the conference date.


We would like to thank our sponsors for making the Summer Meeting possible:

National Science Foundation
Department of Political Science
Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy
Office of the Chancellor

Cambridge University Press

Travel Information


Conference participants should plan to arrive in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 20, as the meeting begins early the next morning. Departures are recommended for the afternoon of Saturday, July 23 after the morning panels have finished.

Visitors traveling by air are encouraged to fly into St. Louis via the Lambert International Airport (STL). Note that Southwest often has the best fares. The fastest way to the WashU campus is a taxi or ride-share, which is typically around $30. There is also a public transit option (MetroLink) from the airport using a 2-hour transfer pass ($3). While the MetroLink is generally safe during the day, we recommend caution when travelling alone at night.

There is also an Amtrak and Greyhound station in downtown St. Louis (on 15th street). A taxi/ride-share or public transit take about the same amount of time from downtown to campus.

The nearest MetroLink stop to the Knight Center and Rutledge House on WashU campus is on the Blue Line at University City-Big Bend. The nearest MetroLink stop to the Moonrise Hotel is on the Red Line at Delmar Loop, but is also walkable from the Blue Line stop at Skinker.


The Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center has a substantial amount of parking on the fourth levels of the Milbrook Garage or the Snow Way Garage that is available on a first come, first serve basis. Parking passes are required 7 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday and are $9 per day. All parking prices are subject to change without notice.

For the Moonrise Hotel, there is a free public parking lot directly behind the hotel.

There are no visitor parking garages near Rutledge House, but there are parking options available for $9 per day (pass required 7 AM - 5 PM Monday-Friday) on the main campus.


Please note that all reserved lodging options are very limited, since we are unsure about attendance given the pandemic. If all options are booked, please email us at polmeth@wustl.edu.

These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may sell out before the deadline. We strongly encourage booking early. The Society for Political Methodology does not handle individual reservations. Changes and/or cancellations to hotel reservations should be made with the hotel directly.

Knight Center

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Knight Center on the WashU main campus. It is also where the majority of the conference will take place. You can book by calling the number below (please mention the conference) or using the provided link:

Note that as of June 2 any rooms for "2 Adults" are sold out. If you search for rooms for "1 Adult," there are rooms left.

  • Rate: $139
  • Deadline: June 29, 2022
  • Phone: 866-933-9400
  • Reservations: Click here

Moonrise Hotel

A limited number of rooms at a discounted rate have been arranged at the Moonrise Hotel, which is a few blocks from campus. You can book by calling the number below (please mention the conference) or using the provided link:

Note that as of June 2 it may appear that there are only rooms available for Wednesday night, but this is not the case. While booking your room select "Edit Dates" and you will be able to book for the full conference at the special rate.

  • Rate: $149-$179
  • Deadline: June 30, 2022
  • Phone: 314-721-1111
  • Reservations: Click here

There will be a shuttle service in the morning and afternoon to and from the Moonrise Hotel and the Knight Center, or it is a pleasant 20-25 minute walk:

Dormitory Rooms

The deadline for booking a dormitory room has passed.


The conference will take place at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center, at the heart of the main WashU campus.

We will follow WashU's COVID-19 policies. Although masks are currently not required, they are strongly recommended.

Please be prepared to submit your paper or poster by July 6. You may email your submission to polmeth@wustl.edu.

The conference will supply plain 36x48 poster boards to display the posters.

If you choose to present your paper with slides, we will ask that you upload them to the appropriate Box folder (link forthcoming to specific presenters). This will ensure the slides are promptly displayed for virtual participants.

As with all SPM-sponsored activities, we aim for the conference to be free of harassment, including but not limited to: harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, color, physical appearance, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socio-economic background. Harassment includes, among other actions, degrading verbal comments, discriminatory jokes and language, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Anyone who experiences harassment or hostile behavior may contact the SPM's Climate Liaison.

For more more information, see the SPM website.

WashU and the Knight Center are walking distance to Delmar and "The Loop", which has several popular establishments. Some nearby WashU favorites we recommend are:

  • Salt and Smoke is known for its barbeque, but also serves hearty salads and a vegetarian burger. They have outdoor seating.
  • Mission Taco Joint is the place to go for tacos on Delmar, and has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. They also have outdoor seating.
  • Three Kings Pub has good food and a wide selection of beers on tap, including many beers from local breweries. They have one of the best happy hour specials on Delmar. They also have outdoor seating.
  • Bluberry Hill is a classic mainstay of Delmar with a fun bar atmosphere, darts, and strong drinks.
  • Banh Mi Shop serves Vietnamese sandwiches stuffed with meats and fresh vegetables.
  • NuDo House is a fast casual Vietnamese restaurant.
  • Chicken Out is a quirky and tasty fried chicken restaurant.
  • Turmeric is an Indian restaurant and bar with lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

If you are interested in exploring the city, these are some WashU favorites by cuisine with neighborhood noted:

  • Pappy’s – Midtown
  • Bogart’s – Soulard
  • O! Wings Plus – Overland
  • Grace Meat + Three – The Grove
  • Cate Zone – Olive
  • Tai Ke Shabu Shabu – Olive (Taiwanese street food and hotpot)
  • Medina’s – Central West End
  • The Vine – Tower Grove
  • Mission Taco – The Loop or Central West End
  • Taco Buddha – Clayton
  • Terror Tacos – Tower Grove (vegan)
  • Mi Ranchito - University City
Pizza: "St. Louis style Pizza" is unique and can be an acquired taste. If you want to try it order from Imo's, otherwise:
  • La Pizza – Delmar/I-170 (take-out only)
  • Union Loafers - Tower Grove
  • Sauce on the Side – Clayton or The Grove (calzones)
  • Many places on "The Hill", the Italian neighborhood, serve great pizza
  • Gioia’s Deli – The Hill (named a James Beard Award American Classic)
  • Adriana’s – The Hill
  • Hi Pointe Drive In – Demun (serves great burgers)
  • Vivola Express - Maryland Heights (note that this is farther than our other recs, but it's fantastic)
Healthier options:
  • Crazy Bowls and Wraps – Forsyth near Clayton
  • Lulu’s Local Eatery (Vegan) – Tower Grove
Fancier options:
  • Charlie Gitto's – The Hill
  • INDO – Tower Grove
  • Frazer’s Restaurant and Lounge - Soulard

All nursing caregivers are welcome to bring their infants to the meeting. The Knight Center provides infant nursing rooms that will be available to participants.

Individual childcare sitters can be hired from TLC Family Care or College Nannies + Sitters.

For older children, another option of interest are many short "day camps" that are just a short drive near campus. If you are interested in these options, please be aware that they are typically reserved for a whole week and you should make your reservations early to secure a spot.

If these do not meet your needs, please email us at polmeth@wustl.edu.


The 39th annual meeting of the Society for Political Methodology will be held at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center on the Washington University in St. Louis campus and online from July 21-July 23, 2022.

Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker is Prof. Susan Athey, The Economics of Technology Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Professor of Economics (by courtesy) at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Founding Director of the Golub Capital Social Impact Lab at Stanford, Associate Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, President of the American Economic Association, and Research Associate of NBER.

Host Committee     

  • Dan Butler
  • Dino Christenson
  • Ted Enamorado
  • Christopher Lucas
  • Jacob Montgomery
  • Lucia Motolinia
  • Betsy Sinclair

Program Committee

  • Emily Ritter (Chair)
  • Jacob Montgomery (Local Host)
  • Marisa Abrajano
  • Tiffany Barnes
  • Erin Hartman
  • Ines Levin
  • Xun Pang
  • Molly Roberts

Diversity Committee

  • Melissa Rogers (Chair)
  • Kirk Bansak
  • Ted Enamorado
  • Adeline Lo
  • Molly Offer-Westort
  • Tara Slough
  • Clay Webb
  • Leah Windsor


Jacob Montgomery and Annamaria Prati.


Email polmeth@wustl.edu and follow on Twitter @PolMeth2022.

Society for Political Methodology

Check out the website of the Society for Political Methodology for news, information on future conferences and publications.