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Emerging Trends Lecture Series

Dear colleagues:


            On Wednesday, October 4, the Emerging Trends Lecture Series will host Tasha Fairfield (London School of Economics) for a presentation from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. The title of the talk is “A Dialogue with the Data: The Methodological Foundations of Iterative Research.” The paper for the talk is attached to this email. The talk will take place in Roberta Sigel Lounge, on the 6th Floor of Hickman Hall. 




Tasha Fairfield is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics, and currently on leave as Mellon Foundation Fellow for 2017-18 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California – Berkeley, an M.A. in Latin American Studies and an M.S. in Physics from Stanford University, and an A.B. in physics from Harvard University. She has held visiting fellowships at Stanford, Notre Dame, and UC-Berkeley. Fairfield’s scholarly interests include comparative politics and social science methodology. Her comparative politics research focuses on the political economy of inequality, the politics of policy formulation, and business-state relations in Latin America. Her methodological research examines the Bayesian logic of inference in qualitative social science. Fairfield is a member of the Qualitative Transparency Deliberations working group of the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section of APSA.


Fairfield’s book, Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics (Cambridge, 2015) won the Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book on Latin American political institutions from the Latin American Studies Association (2016). She has also published over ten articles, including “Explicit Bayesian analysis for process tracing: guidelines, opportunities, and caveats,” with Andrew Charman, in Political Analysis (2017), and “Redistribution under the right in Latin America: electoral competition and organized actors in policymaking,” with Candelaria Garay, forthcoming inComparative Political Studies. Fairfield is currently working on a book project with Andrew Charman that aims to explicate and improve qualitative social science by drawing on expositions of Bayesian probability as “extended logic” from the natural sciences. 


For more about Fairfield, see her website at


We hope to see you there!

Location Hickman Hall, Sigel Lounge (Rm 612)