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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.

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.

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

Please keep these key dates in mind:

  • March 4: Official request for proposals sent (apply here)
  • April 1: Application deadline
  • April 6: Recommendation letters due (the form is here)
  • April 29: Paper/Poster acceptances announced
  • May 27: Registration deadline
  • June 17: Official program announced

VENUE

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.

Conference Program

Below is a tentative schedule for the conference. The official schedule will be announced June 17.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are taking place at the Knight Center.


  • 6:00 PM

    Welcome Reception hosted by the Diversity Committee

    Moonrise Hotel

  • 7:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 8:00 AM

    Opening Remarks

  • 8:30 AM

    Panel 1

  • 10:00 AM

    Morning Break

  • 10:30 AM

    Keynote Address: Susan Athey

  • 12:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:00 PM

    Panel 2

  • 2:30 PM

    Afternoon Break

  • 3:00 PM

    Panel 3

  • 4:45 PM

    Poster Session and Reception

  • 7:00 PM

    Reception hosted by the Office of the Chancellor

    City Foundry

  • 7:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 8:30 AM

    Panel 1

  • 10:00 AM

    Morning Break

  • 10:30 AM

    Panel 2

  • 12:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 12:45 PM

    Business Meeting

  • 1:30 PM

    Panel 3

  • 3:00 PM

    Afternoon Break

  • 3:30 PM

    Panel 4

  • 5:15 PM

    Poster Session and Reception

  • 8:00 PM

    City Museum

    A unique museum experience in St. Louis

  • 7:00 AM

    Breakfast

  • 8:30 AM

    Panel 1

  • 10:00 AM

    Morning Break

  • 10:30 AM

    Panel 2

  • 12:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 1:00 PM

    Conference Ends

Travel Information

Arrivals

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.

Parking

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.

Lodging

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:

  • 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:

  • 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

Rutledge House, a dormitory on WashU campus, has also been reserved for students. This is a suite-style dormitory with four bedrooms sharing a bathroom. You can book a room online. Note that, per WashU's policy, all guests in the dormitory must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e. 1 shot of Johnson and Johnson or 2 shots of Pfizer or Moderna).

  • Rate: $35 per person per night, plus a one-time linen fee of $17.50 and a one-time booking fee of $25.
  • Deadline: June 5, 2022 (note the early deadline!)
  • Website: https://washu.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortalSPCS/
    • Once on the website, click "Login" and then "Register". Once you have registered, click the direct link (also provided here) to book your room.

Information

The application deadline is April 1, 2022. You can find the application here. Recommendation letters are due April 6. Recommendation letters are required for graduate students who wish to be considered for NSF support or are applying to present a poster. You can find the recommendation letter form here. Acceptances will be announced April 29.

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. COVID-19 is a dynamic situation so these policies are subject to change.

The conference will take place at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center here on campus in centrally located St. Louis, MO. There will also be an option for people to attend virtually. We recognize that university travel funds, caregiving responsibilities, and travel commitments are not uniformly distributed across our profession. The success of the meeting hinges upon our ability to achieve an inclusive, intellectually vibrant, and professionally rewarding experience. And we are eager to welcome you to St Louis in person or to our meeting online to join in that conversation. The Society for Political Methodology is committed to diversity and inclusion, and actively works to increase the diversity of our subfield and reach out to people from under-represented groups. We are excited to welcome participants of all identities and backgrounds to our conference.

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.

About

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 (Stanford GSB).

Host Committee     

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

Program Committee

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

Organizers

Jacob Montgomery and Annamaria Prati.

Contact

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.