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Janet Box-Steffensmeier

Janet Box-Steffensmeier

2013 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier (Ph.D., University of Texas) is the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, Distinguished University Scholar, and professor of Sociology at Ohio State University (courtesy appointment), where she directs the Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM). She also founded the Visions in Methodology (VIM) workshops, a three-day session funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that focuses on political methodology and includes scholarly presentations on methodological and substantive topics. VIM helps connect women in the field by providing opportunities for scholarly progress and professional mentoring. Additionally, she team-taught the first Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) interactive video (iTV) course in 1996; she continues to offer iTV courses through the program. In addition, Box-Steffensmeier received the 2013 Political Methodology Career Achievement Award from the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), which recognizes intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the field of Political Methodology.

Box-Steffensmeier's research focuses on methodology and American politics. She is one of the top political methodologists working on time-series analysis and publishing path-breaking research on error-correction models, fractional integration, and ARFIMA models. She has published 5 books and 12 book chapters, as well as more than 40 articles in highly ranked political journals including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. Recently, she secured NSF funding for an initiative to mentor high school teachers in statistics instruction.

She serves as an associate editor for the Society for Political Methodology journal Political Analysis, and previously was an associate editor of the American Journal of Political Science. Box-Steffensmeier served as president of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Society for Political Methodology, as well as treasurer of the APSA. She twice has received the Harold F. Gosnell Prize for the best work in political methodology, and the Emerging Scholar Award of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the APSA. She was an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology.

Box-Steffensmeier serves as the ICPSR Official Representative at Ohio State University and also served on the ICPSR Summer Program Advisory Committee 2007-2010. The Box-Steffensmeier Graduate Student Award (for attendance at ICPSR's Summer Program for one or both of the four-week sessions offered yearly) -- given annually by the Society for Political Methodology and ICPSR -- is named after her in recognition of her contributions to political methodology and her support of women in the field.