10th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science and International Relations

January 14 - February 1, 2019

The 10th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science and International Relations was held at the University of São Paulo, Brazil from January 14 to February 1, 2019. Jointly organized by the University of São Paulo’s Department of Political Science and the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the IPSA-USP Summer School made major progress in raising the international profile of our teaching activities, USP and research in São Paulo. Some 173 participants from 23 countries attended, with women accounting for 49% of enrollment. A total of 328 student-modules were completed in 23 one-week courses.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the IPSA-USP Summer School, two special events were held with generous support from IPSOS. The first, a Keynote Lecture by Professor Gary King of Harvard University attracted a large public audience from beyond the School’s participants to focus on the topic “How the news media activate public expression and influence national agendas”. The second, a Roundtable discussion, brought together diverse voices from across continents and research traditions to ask “What will Political Science look like in Ten Years’ Time?”.

At the Summer School poster session participants presented 26 posters. The winner of the 2019 Poster Competition in political methodology was Natalia de Paula Moreira (Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo). Thiago de Oliveira Meireles (Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo) received an honoruable mention for the poster in applied methodology.

Institutional Partners

The 2019 IPSA-USP Summer School was made possible with generous financial support from the Department of Political Science, the Provost’s Office for Research at the University of São Paulo, and the philosophy, literature and human sciences department (FFLCH) at USP. We are grateful for the valuable support provided by FAPESP, CAPES, CNPq and IPSOS. The Summer School was also supported by the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM) and the Center for Comparative and International Studies (NECI) at the University of São Paulo. Stata and Nvivo provided software licensing for the computer laboratories.

To encourage participation by as diverse a range of students as possible, the School secured funding from the Ford Foundation to finance the participation of one student from Cuba, and provided two IPSA travel grants in the amount of US$500 each. In addition, the School continued to offer registration fee waivers to the two political science departments who have partnerships with USP´s political science department –CIDE in Mexico and Texas A&M in the United States, and to a third political science department currently reviewing a cooperation agreement with USP, the University of Missouri. Two students from CIDE, one student from Texas A&M and the University of Missouri attended with registration fee waivers. The School also awarded registration fee waivers to a member of the Brazilian Political Science Association, a member of ALACIP (Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política) and one student from the Methods Winter School organized by the Catholic University of Uruguay.