Princeton-AUB Social Science Experimental Development Workshop

Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 12:00 pm to Sat, Feb 24, 2018, 12:00 pm
American University of Beirut

Princeton-AUB Collaborative Initiative

Social Science Experimental Development Workshop 

February 23-24, 2018

The Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University and the American University of Beirut are hosting an Experimental Development Workshop at AUB February 23rd and 24th, 2018. This workshop is organized by AmaneyJamal (Princeton University) and Nisreen Salti (American University of Beirut).

The Experimental Development Workshop gives social science junior Assistant Professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students an overview of different experimental approaches employed in social science research. These approaches include field experiments, lab experiments and survey experiments. The workshop will also provide the opportunity for participants to present their research designs and work in progress and receive personal feedback from scholars in the field. These scholars will also present their own work and experiences conducting experimental research.



Princeton-AUB Collaborative Initiative

Social Science Experimental Development Workshop Agenda

Issam Fares Institute Building (facing Green Oval), Conference Room, Fourth Floor

February 23-24, 2018

Day 1: Friday, February 23, 2018
9:05-9:15 Introductory Remarks



Presentation: Rebecca Morton


·     Different Types of Experiments: Lab Experiments, Field Experiments and Survey Experiments

·        Causal Inference, Counterfactuals, Mechanisms

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Presentation: Amaney Jamal


·        Survey Experimental Methods:

·        Social Vignettes, Conjoints, and List Experiments

·        Lab in the Field experiments

12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-14:15 Paper 1: Abou Zeid


Discussants: Morton, Salti, al-Mokdad

14:15-14:30 Coffee Break
14:30-15:45 Paper 2: Chaaban, Salti, Irani, al-Mokdad


Discussants: Jamal, Abou Zeid, Chalak

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:15 Paper 3: Ghattas, Chalak, Jamaluddine


Discussants: Harb, Radmard, Jamal

18:00 Dinner at Abdel Wahab Restaurant


(Shuttle from AUB to Abdel Wahab departs at 5:30pm)

Day 2: Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:30-10:45 Paper 4: Vosgerichian


Discussants: Tavana/Parreira, Irani, Makki

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:15 Paper 5: Mabsout, Makki, Radmard


Discussants: Morton, Jamaluddine, Ghattas

12:15-13:15 Lunch Break
13:15-14:30 Paper 6: Harb, Parreira/Tavana


Discussants: Jamal, Vosgerichian, Maged

Rebecca Morton is a Professor of Politics with a joint appointment between NYU NYC and NYU AD. Her research focuses on voting processes as well as experimental methods. She is the author or co-author of four books and numerous journal articles, which have appeared in noted outlets such as the American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Politics, and Review of Economic Studies. Ph.D., Economics, Tulane University.

Amaney A. Jamal is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Jamal also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development, and the Bobst-AUB Collaborative Initiative. She is the former President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). The focus of her current research is on the drivers of political behavior in the Arab world, Muslim immigration to the US and Europe, and the effect of inequality and poverty on political outcomes. Jamal’s books include: Barriers to Democracy (2007), which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world (winner of the 2008 APSA Best Book Award in comparative democratization). She is co-editor of Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects (2007) and Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11 (2009). Her most recent book, Of Empires and Citizens, was published by Princeton University Press (2012). Jamal is co-principal investigator of the Arab Barometer Project, winner of the Best Dataset in the Field of Comparative Politics (Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award 2010); co-PI of the Detroit Arab American Study, a sister survey to the Detroit Area Study; and senior advisor on the Pew Research Center projects focusing on Islam in America (2006), Global Islam (2010) and Islam in America (2017). Ph.D. University of Michigan. In 2005, Jamal was named a Carnegie Scholar.