Chicago Theory and Models Workshop (TAM)

The Chicago Theory and Models Workshop, or “TAM,” is a seminar at the University of Chicago designed to build and support a University-wide community of faculty and students interested in the development of theories and models relevant to political processes and phenomena. Recognizing Chicago’s unique tradition of methodological inclusiveness and deep theoretical development in the social sciences, the workshop is focused on both advancing longstanding topics and embracing new directions in theoretical social science. The workshop is currently organized by Professors Elizabeth Maggie Penn and John W. Patty in the Department of Political Science.

Upcoming Presentations in TAM

Unless otherwise noted, all talks are on Fridays, from 3-4pm in Pick 506.






Note: Professor Hsiaw’s talk will be on Friday, 12/2 at noon in Room 140C in the Harris School.


  • February 3, 2017: Eric Dickson, New York University.
    “Profiling in the Lab: How Group Targeting by Law Enforcement Affects Legitimacy and Compliance” (with Sandy Gordon and Greg Huber)



  • March 3, 2017: Samuel Chambers, Johns Hopkins University.
    (Postponed to 2017-18)








2017/18: James Scott, Yale University.

Past Presentations

Nominations for Future Speakers

TAM accepts, on an ongoing basis, nominations from University of Chicago faculty and graduate students, subject to the following guidelines:

  • Speakers are expected to present original social science research in a one hour seminar. Typically, the presentation is about 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A. There is no expectation that participants have read the paper beforehand.
  • TAM will reimburse normal travel expenses, but does not offer honoraria.
  • The nominator is expected to attend both the research presentation and a dinner afterward.
  • TAM will gladly collaborate with other workshops and colloquia to bring speakers out, with the expectation that these guests will also present a one-hour seminar in TAM.
  • The TAM schedule is flexible, but the workshop is typically held at 3pm on Friday afternoons, followed by a happy hour and dinner.

Any member of the TAM community interested in attending dinner with a speaker (and graduate students interested in an affiliation with the workshop) should email either Professor Patty or Professor Penn.

If you would like to nominate someone to be invited to present in TAM, please visit this page.


The Theory & Models Workshop is generously supported by the Division of Social Sciences and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.