Advanced Research Design in Political Science: From Modeling to Manuscript

Allyson Lucinda Benton, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)


The aim of this course is to strengthen the methodological training of graduate students and junior faculty in comparative politics (including comparative political economy) or international relations (including international political economy) on how to take draft research papers and craft them into polished article manuscripts ready to be sent out for review in peer-reviewed academic journals. The course offers guidance on how to maximize the scholarly impact of each section found in an article-length manuscript, to raise its chances of surviving peer review. Morning sessions will include a short lecture on the main elements of and strategy for organizing the particular section under discussion that day. Specifically, the lectures will address different perspectives on how this can be achieved, with an eye to demonstrating how the component parts of an article-length research manuscript shape the dissemination of research findings in applied work and its contribution to knowledge. Students will receive feedback on the relevant sections in their manuscript to help them enhance the scholarly contribution of their research to the discipline. Afternoon sessions will function as a writing laboratory, where students will revise relevant sections of their manuscript, based on morning lectures and feedback, and present the results of their efforts.


This course takes place between January 21 - 25,2019.


  1. Framing the Introduction and Literature Review
  2. Presenting the Argument and Testable Hypotheses
  3. Describing the Empirical Strategy, Cases, Variables, and Data Sources
  4. Organizing and Presenting the Empirical Findings
  5. Considering Alternative Arguments and Framing the Conclusion
  6. Identifying Venues for Publication


Students should have completed an earlier methods course covering the equivalent of the topics discussed in the IPSA-USP Summer School course “Designing Feasible Research Projects in Political Science,” or should have taken the course itself in the current or a past session of the Summer School.


Applicants must submit a draft of an article-length research manuscript in English. This manuscript might be a course research paper, a chapter in an MA or PhD thesis, or a conference paper that could be revised for publication as an article in an academic journal. Due to the structure of the course, manuscripts must address issues generally found within the comparative politics or international relations fields (that is, manuscripts covering topics within the field of political theory would not be appropriate for this course). Prospective students must send the draft manuscript as a part of the application, to be considered for admittance, by email to