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West Coast Experiments Conference

WCE.2015, University of California, Davis: The eighth annual meeting of the West Coast Experiments Conference will be held at the University of California, Davis on Friday, May 1, 2015.

The annual WCE conference brings together leading scholars and graduate students who conduct experimental research in political science and other social sciences.  During the conference, scholars present their experimental research, focusing not only on the substantive question of interest, but also on methodological “take away” points from their research.  In this way, the WCE conference is organized more as a methods workshop than as a venue to engage in subfield debates.  The goal is to give the audience members applied, practical advice on experimental methods and design in a way that will help them improve their own experimental research.   

We encourage anyone with an interest in experiments to attend.  Graduate students are especially welcome, as well as those who are new to experimental research. 

The WCE meeting is a single day meeting, starting at 9am and ending after dinner. Although we do not have the money to cover travel or lodging expenses, we will provide all meals on that day and we promise a good conversation.

The conference will be held at the Putah Creek Lodge on the UC Davis campus. 

UPDATED DIRECTIONS TO THE PARKING LOT: The parking lot entrance is no longer located on Putah Creek Road. From Sacramento take 80 West or from the Bay Area take 80 East to Highway 113 North.  Exit on Hutchison and turn right on Hutchison Drive.  Turn right on La Rue Road.  Turn right onto Garrod Drive and the parking lot will be on your left hand side (Putah Creek Lodge Parking Lot). Please drive to the very end of the parking lot and park. You will see the bridge walkway and lodge to your right.


Agenda (please check back for more details and updates):

[8:00am - 9:00 am] Continental Breakfast

[9:00am - 11:30am] Morning Session

[9:00 - 9:45] Kevin Arceneaux (Temple University, Political Science): “Mainstream News Can Polarize America, Too”

[9:45 - 10:30] Samara Klar (University of Arizona, Political Science): "An Experimental Study of How Social Network Structure Influences Preference Formation"

[10:30 - 10:45] Break

[10:45 - 11:30] Alex Theodoridis (UC Merced, Political Science): "Losing Control: Conjectural Bias and Survey Experiments"

[11:30am - 1:00pm] Lunch

[1:00pm - 5:00pm] Afternoon Session

[1:00 - 1:45] Vincent Hutchings (University of Michigan, Political Science): "The Politics of Race: How Threat Cues and Group Position Can Activate White Identity"

[1:45 - 2:30] Jeff Sherman (UC Davis, Psychology): “Implicit Attitude Change Does Not Always Reflect Changes in Implicit Attitudes”

[2:30 - 3:00] Break

[3:00 - 3:30] Guillaume Kroll (Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences): Presentation on research funding and other awards available to promote research transparency.

[3:30 - 4:15] Doug Miller (UC Davis, Economics): "Can High-Frequency Data and Non-Experimental Research Designs Recover Causal Effects? Validation Using an Electricity Usage Experiment"

[4:15 - 5:00] Peter Aronow (Yale University, Political Science): "Model Assisted Causal Inference: Theory and Applications"

[5:30pm - ] Dinner (including a discussion on the future of WCE)



This year's co-organizers are:

  • Cheryl Boudreau (UC Davis)
  • Kevin Esterling (UC Riverside)



The registration deadline was April 15, 2015. Registration for this conference is now closed. If you have not registered, you can send an email to to check if any spaces are available.

If you have registered for the conference but realize that you need to cancel, please also send an email to and indicate that you wish to cancel your registration.


Parking and Transportation

We have reserved a group of parking spaces near Putah Creek Lodge for those who have registered and indicated they need parking.  Parking information will be sent directly to those who have indicated they need parking.



We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Place (173 Old Davis Road Ext, Davis, CA) and the Aggie Inn (245 1st Street, Davis, CA).  The cutoff date for the conference rate is April 3, 2015.

To make reservations at the Hyatt in Davis please use the following link in order to get the conference rate:

West Coast Experiments Conference Booking Link

To make reservations at the Aggie Inn call (530) 756-0352 and indicate that you are with the "West Coast Experiments Conference" in order to get the conference rate.



The conference is made possible by generous funding and donations from the UC Davis Division of Social Sciences, UC Davis Department of Political Science, UC Davis Department of Psychology, UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences, UC Davis Department of Economics, and the UC Center Sacramento.


Contact Information

For more information about the conference, please email or call (530) 752-2635.

Contact Us

469 Kerr Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-0966
(530) 752-8666 fax


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