Carnegie Mellon University

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A home for professional development

The Institute for Politics and Strategy's Postdoctoral Fellow program provides an opportunity for ascending scholars to hone their craft. They teach clases, conduct research, and learn from experienced faculty both inside IPS and across Carnegie Mellon.

The Politics and Strategy Research Workshop is one of the ways in which Postdotoral Fellows receive feedback and support. While studying at Ohio State, Daniel Silverman enjoyed a series of academic workshops where PhD candidates discussed their latest work. When Silverman joined the Institute for Politics and Strategy, he brought the idea with him and created the PSRW.

"It's meant to be a smaller, more intensive workshop where you have to read carefully ahead and come armed with your ideas," said Silverman, an IPS Assistant Professor.

Six to eight times a semester, IPS faculty will submit a paper or portion of a book for discussion. They'll receive feedback on everything from voice and presentation to order and argument.

"We have a thriving, productive internal faculty research and postdoctoral research workshop," Silverman said. "It's something that I think people enjoy. Everybody is able to present in there. You learn about each other's work, but usually substantially improve your own."

A sample of this fall's topics:

  • Tuesday, September 28th: Daniel Silverman, "Is Protesting a Luxury? Evidence from Post-ISIS Iraq"
  • Tuesday, October 12th: Pearce Edwards, "Culpability and Prosecution in Argentina's Human Rights Trials"
  • Tuesday, November 9th: Daniel Hansen, "Crashes or Soft Landings? Credit Booms, Central Bank Characteristics, and the Onset of Financial Crises"
  • Tuesday, November 23rd: John Chin, "ColpusCast: Introducing a New Coup Forecast Model"
  • Tuesday, December 7th: Ignacio Arana, "Presidents' Individual Differences and Constitutional Change"