Theory and Method

evolutionThe overarching goal of my research in methodology is to integrate quantitative methods more closely with international relations theories. Most of this work focuses on interactions and causal complexity, but I have also written on a range of other topics.

I argue that political scientists’ mean-centric mindset prevents us from recognizing the many ways in which changes in variance can both produce and be produced by interesting phenomena, from evolution to two-level games.

More generally, I argue that borrowing the epistemological orientation of the hard sciences has reduced international relations theorists’ tendency to think in terms of complexity and theoretical synthesis; argue (with Anne Sartori) for  stronger theorizing in statistical studies; offer some friendly caveats about methodological pluralism; and explore (with Yoshiko Herrera and others) the useful points of contact between discourse analysis and content analysis.