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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: 209 McGiffert House
5730 S. Woodlawn Ave ben@bensoltoff.com
Chicago, IL 60637  

Education

Employment

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record

Computational Social Science

American Politics

Additional Experience

Graduate Methods Preceptor

Teaching Assistant

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.

Under Review

  • Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decisionmaking: Does Money Buy Access?
    • Invited to revise and resubmit at Journal of Law and Courts
  • Do Decisions Follow Dollars? Campaign Contributions and State Supreme Court Decisions
    • Invited to revise and resubmit at Justice System Journal
    • Winner, Outstanding Poster, 2014 State Politics and Policy Conference

Working Papers

  • Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decisionmaking in Elected and Appointed Judiciaries
  • The Effect of Institutional Procedures on Agenda-Setting in State Courts of Last Resort
  • 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

Advising

  • MA thesis advisor: Yanning Cui (2017), Bobae Kang (2017)

Service to the Profession

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

Professional Development & Related Experiences

References

  • Christopher Zorn (email: zorn@psu.edu)
    • Liberal Arts Research Professor of Political Science and Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Chad Cyrenne (email: cmcyrenn@uchicago.edu)
    • Managing Director, MA Programs in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • Rick Evans (email: rwevans@uchicago.edu)
    • Senior Lecturer in Computational Social Science; Director, Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory; Fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago