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Benjamin Soltoff

Father, husband, political scientist, data nerd

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Social Sciences Division Phone: (773)-702-9360
University of Chicago Office: 249 Saieh Hall
5730 S. Woodlawn Ave ben@bensoltoff.com
Chicago, IL 60637  

Education

Employment

Teaching

Teaching Experience

Computational Social Science

  • MACS 30000: Perspectives on Computational Analysis, with Rick Evans (Autumn 2016)
  • MACS 30100: Perspectives on Computational Modeling, with Rick Evans (Winter 2017)
  • MACS 30200: Perspectives on Advanced Computational Topics, with Rick Evans (Spring 2017)
  • MACS 30500: Computing for the Social Sciences (Autumn 2016; Winter 2017)
  • MACS 40700: Data Visualization (Spring 2017)
  • PL SC 309: Quantitative Political Analysis (Spring 2015)

American Politics

Graduate Methods Preceptor

  • PL SC 502: Statistical Methods for Political Research, with Luke Keele (Fall 2012)
  • PL SC 503: Multivariate Analysis for Political Research, with Christopher Zorn (Spring 2013)
  • PL SC 597G: Advanced Topics in Political Methodology, with Christopher Zorn (Fall 2012)

Teaching Assistant

  • PL SC 001: Introduction to American Government, with Michael Berkman (Spring 2012)
  • PL SC 001: Introduction to American Government, with Zachary Baumann (Fall 2011)

Teaching Training

Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Soltoff, Benjamin C., with Zachary Baumann and Kathleen Marchetti. 2015. “What’s the Payoff? Assessing the Efficacy of Classroom Technologies on Student Attitudes and Grade Outcomes.” Journal of Political Science Education, 11(3), 249-263.

Working Papers

  • Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decisionmaking: Does Money Buy Access?
  • Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decisionmaking in Elected and Appointed Judiciaries (with Jeremy Johnson)
  • The Effect of Institutional Procedures on Agenda-Setting in State Courts of Last Resort
  • (How) Is Justice For Sale? Campaign Contributions and State Supreme Court Decisions
    • Winner, Outstanding Poster, 2014 State Politics and Policy Conference
  • Sincere and Sophisticated Agenda-Setting in State Courts of Last Resort
  • Supreme Court Behavior Under Mandatory Jurisdiction (with Christopher Zorn)

Other Publications

Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • Supreme Court Behavior Under Mandatory Jurisdiction (with Christopher Zorn)
    • Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, Rochester, NY, 2015.
    • Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 2015.
  • Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decisionmaking in Elected and Appointed Judiciaries (with Jeremy Johnson)
    • Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
  • Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decisionmaking: Does Money Buy Access?
    • Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, 2015.
    • Poster presented at the 30th Annual Graduate Exhibition, Penn State University, State College, PA, 2015.
  • The Effect of Institutional Procedures on Agenda-Setting in State Courts of Last Resort
    • Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, 2015.
  • Do Decisions Follow Dollars? Campaign Contributions and State Supreme Court Decisions
    • Poster presented at the Annual State Politics & Policy Conference, Bloomington, IN, 2014.
  • Automated Retrieval and Classification of State Supreme Court Decisions
    • Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 2014.
    • Paper presented at the Center for American Political Responsiveness Brown Bag Seminar, Penn State University, University Park, PA, March 26, 2014.
  • Mixed-Effects Modeling for Grouped/Clustered Data
    • Presented at the Quantitative Social Science Initiative (QuaSSI) Colloquium, Penn State University, University Park, PA, December 9, 2013.
  • The Effect of Institutional Procedures on Agenda-Setting in State Courts of Last Resort (with Christopher Zorn)
    • Poster scheduled to be presented at the Annual State Politics & Policy Conference, Iowa City, IA, 2013.
    • Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, FL, 2013.
  • Agenda-Setting in State Courts of Last Resort: Same-Sex Marriage Litigation from 1993-2009
    • Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 2012.
    • Paper presented at the Center for American Political Responsiveness Brown Bag Seminar, Penn State University, University Park, PA, April 4, 2012.
  • What’s the Payoff? Assessing the Efficacy of Classroom Technologies on Student Attitudes and Grade Outcomes (with Zachary Baumann and Kathleen Marchetti)
    • Paper presented at the Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology, University Park, PA, 2012.
  • Aging America: Public Policy Implications of Licensing Regulations for Older Drivers
    • Paper presented at the Senior Honors Thesis Colloquium, Department of Political Science, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, April 19, 2010.
    • Paper presented at the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference, Richmond, VA, 2010.
    • Paper presented at the Inaugural Madison Research by Undergraduates in the Social Sciences and Humanities Conference, Harrisonburg, VA, 2010.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

National

University

  • College Dissertation Support Grant (Assistantship Release), College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State University, Fall 2014 ($4,000)
  • External Funding Incentive Award, College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State University, 2014 ($500)
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Penn State Quantitative Social Science Initiative (QuaSSI), 2013-2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa & Phi Kappa Phi, 2010

Department

  • Travel Grant for presentation at SPPC, Department of Political Science, Penn State University, 2014 ($600)
  • Travel Grant for presentation at MPSA, Department of Political Science, Penn State University, 2014 ($700)
  • Graduate Research Support Grant for preliminary data collection on dissertation, Department of Political Science, Penn State University, 2013 ($1,000)
  • Travel Grant for presentation at SPPC, Department of Political Science, Penn State University, 2013 ($500)
  • Travel Grant for presentation at SPSA, Department of Political Science, Penn State University, 2013 ($700)
  • Prestage-Cook Travel Award for presentation at SPSA, Southern Political Science Association, 2013 ($125)
  • Summer Graduate Research Award for “The Effect of State Cert Procedures on Judicial and Litigant Agenda-Setting”, Department of Political Science, Penn State University, 2012 ($3,000)
  • Travel Grant for presentation at MPSA, Department of Political Science, Penn State University, 2012 ($700)
  • James Madison University Honor’s Program small grant to attend Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, College Leaders Program, 2009 ($200)
  • “Best Political Science Senior Honors Thesis,” James Madison University, 2010

Service to the Profession

  • Reviewer, American Journal of Political Science, State Politics & Policy Quarterly
  • Panel discussant, American Political Science Association

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