Meet Vice President of the Council, Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier

janet-box-steffensmeierJanet M. Box-Steffensmeier,
Ohio State University

Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier is Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sociology by courtesy at The Ohio State University (Ph.D., Texas, 1993.) She directs the Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM) at Ohio State. She has served as the faculty representative to the Ohio State Board of Trustees in 2013 and as the Divisional Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences starting in 2014.  Box-Steffensmeier served as President of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Political Methodology Society as well as Treasurer of the American Political Science Association. She has twice received the Gosnell Award for the best work in political methodology and the Emerging Scholar Award of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Organized Section of the American Political Science Association in 2001. She was an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology. The Box-Steffensmeier Graduate Student Award, given annually by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is named after her in recognition of her contributions in political methodology and her support of women in this field. She helped found the Visions In Methodology (VIM) Conferences for women in political methodology as well.  She received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Political Science Department in 2013, Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor Award from Ohio State University in 2009, Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences from ICPSR in 2013, Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar award in 2012, Political Methodology Career Achievement Award in 2013, and Women’s Caucus for the Midwest Political Science Association’s Outstanding Professional Achievement for Scholarship and Mentorship in 2016.

Her work focuses on campaigns and elections, Congress, and lobbying as well as event history, time series and network methodologies.  She was a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology, which provides comprehensive overviews and critiques of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

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