Colin Elman is a professor of political science and director of the Center for Qualitative and Multi-method Inquiry in the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He codirects (with Andrew Bennett, Georgetown University) the annual summer Institute for Qualitative and Multi-method Research and (with Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown University) the Qualitative Data Repository. He cochaired (with Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan) the American Political Science Association’s committee on Data Access and Research Transparency (DA-RT). He is the coeditor of both the Strategies for Social Inquiry and Methods for Social Inquiry book series at Cambridge University Press.
John Gerring (PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 1993) is a professor of political science at Boston University, where he teaches and conducts research on methodology and comparative politics. He is the coeditor of Strategies for Social Inquiry, a book series at Cambridge University Press, and serves as co-PI of Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) and the Global Leadership Project (GLP).
James Mahoney is the Fulcher professor of Political Science and Sociology at Northwestern University and chair of the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. His most recent book is Advances in Comparative-Historical Analysis (coedited with Kathleen Thelen, 2015). He is currently completing a series of papers on process tracing, counterfactual analysis, and Bayesian inference.
John Gerring (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1993) is Professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he teaches courses on methodology and comparative politics. His books include Party Ideologies in America, 1828-1996 (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Social Science Methodology: A Criterial Framework (Cambridge University Press, 2001), A Centripetal Theory of Democratic Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Concepts and Method: Giovanni Sartori and His Legacy (2009), Social Science Methodology: Tasks, Strategies, and Criteria (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Global Justice: A Prioritarian Manifesto (in process), and Democracy and Development: A Historical Perspective (in process). He served as a fellow of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), as a member of The National Academy of Sciences' Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Programs to Support the Development of Democracy, as President of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, and is the current recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to collect historical data related to colonialism and long-term development.