Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences

"Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences" is a University-wide seminar focusing on the use of spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools in social science research. Sessions will be varied in content, with some presentations being scholarly work that has benefitted from the use of spatial analysis, and other presentations being more technical in nature through sharing of tools and techniques. The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Political Studies, Population Studies Center, and Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research. For additional information, or to join the seminar email list, please email David Howell at:


2012-2013 Seminars

All seminars take place from noon-1:30pm in Room 6006 of the ISR Thompson Street Building (426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor).

Effects and Dynamics of Globalization: Modeling Diffusion Processes in Highly Developed Industrial Societies

Friday October 5, 2012   * lunch will be provided
Sebastian Korolczuk, University of Greifswald, Germany


Contextualizing Violence through Space and Time

Friday December 7, 2012   * lunch will be provided
Robert Lipton, Manya Newton, and Jason Goldstick


Income-Based Voting in Local Racial Context: Rediscovering Geographic Legacies Using ‘Big Data’

Tuesday January 15, 2013   * lunch will be provided
Eitan Hersh, Yale University


Misplaced: The Limits of Contextual Influence on Americans’ Political Attitudes

Friday February 1, 2013
Daniel Hopkins, Georgetown University


When States Create, Copy, and Do Nothing: Evidence from Renewables Portfolio Standards

Friday March 15, 2013
Srinivas (Chinnu) Parinandi