The 2019 Asian Political Methodology Meeting

February 06, 2019

By Kentaro Fukumoto

[This post was contributed by Kentaro Fukumoto, Professor of Political Science at Gakushuin University.]

We held the joint conference of the 6th Asian Political Methodology Meeting and the second annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Quantitative Political Science at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, on January 5 and 6, 2019. We have a small, intensive conference focusing on innovative quantitative methods and their applications. Although the conference seeks to promote the advancement of quantitative social science research in Asia, we have all regions of the world represented at the conference.

The program is at:

where you can download papers. Presented posters are available at:


We called for papers from July to September and received 56 applications for paper (oral) presentations and 40 for posters from 19 countries. The program is composed of a keynote address, 14 panels (29 papers), and two poster sessions (42 posters). We had 117 registrants from 12 countries, while we ended up with 105 attendees (among which we have 68 visitors from abroad). Prof. Robert J. Franzese Jr. (University of Michigan) delivered the keynote address, titled “21st Century Political Methodology: Advances in All Modes of Empirical Analysis in Political Science.” For the first time, the conference hosted papers from graduate students and post-docs.

This year we established the Best Poster Award, sponsored by the Japanese Journal of Political Science and the Society for Political Methodology (SPM). The winners, Soichiro Yamauchi (Harvard University) and Naijia Liu (Princeton University), receive $200 worth of paperback books from Cambridge University Press and the SPM invites them to its annual summer meeting.

This conference is sponsored by Doshisha University, Egusa Foundation for International Cooperation in the Social Sciences, Gakushuin University, the Kajima Foundation, Princeton University (Program for the Quantitative and Analytical Political Science), and SPM. The Program Committee is composed of Kentaro Fukumoto (Gakushuin University, Japan, committee chair), Fang-Yi Chiou (Academia Sinica, Taiwan), Benjamin Goldsmith (Australian National University, Australia), Takeshi Iida (Doshisha University, Japan), Kosuke Imai (Harvard University, U.S.A.), Koji Kagotani (Osaka University of Economics, Japan), Xun Pang (Tsinghua University, China), and Jong Hee Park (Seoul National University, Korea). We plan to have the next meeting in Hong Kong in 2020, which will be hosted by Jiangnan Zhu (University of Hong Kong).

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