Application & Financial Support


Design of Instruction

Previous EITM Institutes

Participant Presentations


Participant Bios

Guest Faculty Bios

Curriculum and Lead Faculty

I. Institutions and Institutional Analysis

II. Empirical Evaluation of Causality

III. Complexity: Diversity, Networks, Adaptation, and Emergence

IV. Additional Guest Lecturers and Student Presentations


Podcasting EITM 2006

Participant/Faculty Page

Contact: eitm@umich.edu



The 2006 EITM Summer Institute has concluded. Students interested in EITM are encouraged to consider attending the sixth EITM Summer Institute, which will be held June 24-July 21 2007 at UCLA

The University of Michigan's 
Summer Institute 
on the

Empirical Implications
of Theoretical Models

19 June - 14 July , 2006 

This summer, 19 June through 14 July 2006, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor will host the fifth summer institute on EITM: Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program aims to advance scholarship exhibiting more-seamless integration of theoretical model development and empirical evaluation through a highly interactive training program for advanced graduate students and junior faculty, and led by numerous scholars from across the discipline working at the forefront of such empirical-theoretical integration.

This year's program includes John Aldrich, Arthur Lupia, James Granato, Rebecca Morton, and Scott Page in leading roles. Guests include Jenna Bednar, Daniel Diermeier, James Fowler, Guillermina Jasso, Orit Kedar, Ken Kollman, Walter Mebane, Nolan McCarty, Mary Rigdon and Branislav Slantchev.

The Summer Institute on EITM seeks to train a new generation of scholars who can better link theory and empirical work. It is a highly interactive training program for advanced graduate students and junior faculty led by political scientists from across the discipline who employ EITM in their research. Summer institutes general accept 25 advanced graduate students and junior faculty through a competitive selection process. In most cases, tuition, room and board, travel and living expenses are covered for participants through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Graduate students who will benefit most from the program should be committed to using both theoretical models and empirical data in their dissertations. They should have some training in both formal methodology and quantitative analysis -- and advanced training in at least one of these areas. We will also accept junior faculty looking to improve their defended dissertation in a direction that incorporates EITM, or junior professors that are embarking on a "second EITM-like project".

The 2006 EITM V is co-hosted by the Center for Political Studies at the Institute of Social Research and the Department of Political Science, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and led by Robert Franzese.

The Summer Institute is just one aspect of the EITM initiative in political science funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF also funds another, complementary, EITM summer program at Washington University in St. Louis. Participation in either program in no way debars students or faculty from future participation in the other program.