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Cora Maas Award

Constantin Manuel Bosancianu, 2018 ECPR Cora Maas Prize winner2018 – Constantin Manuel Bosancianu

Manu began his long association with the ECPR Methods School as Teaching Assistant (TA) on the Winter School multilevel modelling course in 2014. After that, he was invited back as a TA at every single Summer and Winter School, until graduating to Instructor at the 2017 Winter School, where he has since taught an Introduction to Regression course, and a course on LaTeX.

Teaching his own course, Manu 'truly impressed' his students, one of whom remarked that they had 'rarely seen such a sincere, wholehearted and respectful teacher during my university career! [...] Manu also repeatedly told us that a good statistician should always remain humble.' (Excellent advice!)

Methods School students have appreciated Manu's 'sense of humour' and his ability 'to transmit very complex concepts in an easy and understandable way to a very wide audience that had [broad varieties of] interests and quite different level of competences.' They also felt he does an excellent job 'encourag[ing] further interest in the Topic'.

Year after year, Manu's courses have consistently been evaluated the highest among our Methods School offer. 

Cora Maas, who was also the ECPR Methods School's best-evaluated multilevel modelling course instructor before her untimely passing, would no doubt be proud to see the award that bears her name go to a fellow multilevel modelling expert and educator.


Alenka Jelen-Sanchez, 2017 ECPR Cora Maas Prize winner2017 – Alenka Jelen-Sanchez, for the course Elite Interviewing

Alenka Jelen-Sanchez is a Lecturer and TPG Programme Director at the University of Stirling. She holds a PhD in Sociology-Communication Sciences from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The arguments for her nomination for the Cora Maas Prize include long and dedicated service to the Methods School, repeated high quantitative scores in evaluations, and very positive qualitative responses. 


Zoltan Fazekas, 2016 ECPR Cora Maas Prize winner2016 – Zoltán Fazekas, for the course Applied Mutilevel Regression Modelling

Zoltán Fazekas is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. He earned his PhD in political science at the Department of Methods in the Social Sciences, University of Vienna, where he was an Early Stage Researcher in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Electoral Democracy, ELECDEM.

Zoltán holds a BA in Economics, an MA in European Affairs and an MA in Political Science. His fields of interest are: comparative electoral behaviour, political psychology, and quantitative methods.


Marie-Helene Pare, 2015 ECPR Cora Maas Prize winner2015 – Marie-Hélène Paré, for the course Qualitative Data Analysis: Concepts and Approaches

Marie-Hélène Paré is an eLearning consultant who lectures on program evaluation in the Master in Health Social Work at the Open University of Catalonia. She is also a freelance lecturer, consultant, and trainer in qualitative data analysis.

Marie-Hélène was educated in Quebec, Beirut and Oxford where she read social work. She taught social work at St-Joseph University in Beirut, and has lectured on qualitative data analysis in more than forty universities and research centres worldwide.

Her methodological interests lie in qualitative data analysis, qualitative evidence synthesis, emancipatory social sciences, indigenous epistemologies, and participatory methodologies.


Dvora Yanow, 2014 ECPR Cora Maas Prize winner2014 – Dvora Yanow, for the course Issues in Political, Policy and Organisational Ethnography

Dvora Yanow is a policy/political and organisational ethnographer and interpretive methodologist. Her research and teaching are shaped by an overall interest in the generation and communication of knowing and meaning in organisational and policy settings.

Current research topics include practice studies, research regulation (ethics board) policies, built space/place analysis, science/technology museums and the idea of science, and state-created categories for race-ethnic identity, immigrant integration policies and citizen-making practices.

Her most recent book, Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes (Routledge 2012), with Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, is the first volume in their co-edited Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods; and the second edition of their co-edited Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn has recently appeared (ME Sharpe 2013).


Jochen Mayerl, 2013 ECPR Cora Maas Prize winner2013 – Jochen Mayerl, for the course Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling

Jochen is researcher and lecturer in empirical methods of Social Sciences at University of Kaiserslautern where he teaches research methods and statistics for the social sciences.

His main research interests in methodology are new developments and applications in structural equation modelling, response effects in surveys, and response latency measurement in computer-assisted surveys.

He has published in the field of methodology as well as sociological theory (attitude-behaviour research, bounded rationality, framing) and substantial research (e.g. donation behaviour, environmental concern, ethnocentrism, political attitudes).


Dvora Yanow, 2012 ECPR Cora Maas Prize winner2012 – Dvora Yanow, for the course Issues in Political, Policy and Organisational Ethnography

Dvora Yanow, Visiting Professor in Wageningen University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Communication, Philosophy, and Technology Department, is a policy/political and organisational ethnographer and interpretive methodologist whose research and teaching are shaped by an overall interest in questions of knowing/learning and the communication of meaning in organisational and policy settings.

Research topics include state-created categories for race-ethnic identity, immigrant integration policies and citizen-making practices, research regulation (IRB) policies, practice theory and the life cycle, science/technology museums and the idea of science, and built space/place analysis.

Her most recent book is Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes (Routledge 2012), with Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, with whom she co-edits the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods. Constructing 'Race' and 'Ethnicity' in America: Category-making in Public Policy and Administration (ME Sharpe 2003) won the 2007 Herbert A. Simon Book Award from the American Political Science Association and the 2004 Best Book Award from the American Society for Public Administration.


2011 – Janez Stare (Instructor) and Maja Pohar Perme (Teaching Assistant) for the course Survival Analysis and Event History Analysis

Maja Pohar Perme is an assistant professor of statistics at the Institute for Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research is focused on survival and event history analysis. She teaches both medical students as well as the students of statistics.


2010 – Peter Buisseret and Maja Pohar Perme (Teaching Assistants)

Maja Pohar Perme is an assistant professor of statistics at the Institute for Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research is focused on survival and event history analysis. She teaches medical students as well as the students of statistics.

 


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