In the past few decades, laboratory experiments have gained popularity in a number of social science disciplines outside of psychology, including economics, political science, and sociology. In part, this is due to the usefulness of laboratory experiments for addressing questions about causality. This workshop offers an introduction to the theory and practice of designing and conducting laboratory experiments, oriented towards those with little or no prior experience. The presentation will also address motivations for conducting experimental research, the relationship between theory, experiments, and the “real world,” and the ethics of experiments.
Dr. Benard is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. His research and teaching interests include group conflict and cooperation, social networks, gender, and inequality. His recent work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Hastings Law Journal, and Journal of Mathematical Sociology. He also teaches the Sociology Department’s graduate experimental methods course. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Cornell University.