Organizational Team

The organizational team develops the conference’s call for abstracts, accepts and rejects submissions, develops the conference schedule, and designs the conference program. The organizational team is also responsible for developing the conference website and soliciting sponsors.

CLAUDE RUBINSON is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston–Downtown, where he teaches courses on research methods, social inequality, and culture. His research program has three tracts: methodological research on developing formal methods of qualitative research, focusing on QCA; sociological research on the relationship between the global political-economy and aesthetic form; and health services research on the conditions that facilitate/hinder the success of interventions designed to improve patient outcomes. He is co-director of COMPASSS, the international, interuniversity consortium of QCA methodologists and practioners, regularly offers QCA training at conference workshops and invited seminars throughout the year, and has provided QCA consulting for national and international organizations including USAID, the CDC, and the World Bank.

PEER FISS is the Jill and Frank Fertitta Chair and Professor of Management & Organization and Sociology at the University of Southern California. His research interests include organization theory, framing, and social categorization. He has been working for two decades on the use of set-analytic methods in the social sciences, and specifically on the use of fuzzy set QCA. He has published widely in fields such as management, sociology, political science, and information systems. His recent book with Charles Ragin, entitled Intersectional Inequality: Race, Class, Test Scores, and Poverty (University of Chicago Press, 2017) uses a set-analytic approach to examine the different ways in which advantages versus disadvantages combine to affect social inequality.

GARY GOERTZ is professor of Political Science at the Kroc Center for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. He is the author or editor of nine books and over 50 articles and chapters on topics of international institutions, methodology, and conflict studies.  His methodological research focuses on concepts and measurement along with set theoretic approaches, including Explaining War and Peace: Case Studies and Necessary Condition Counterfactuals (2007), Politics, Gender, and Concepts: Theory and Methodology (2008), A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences (2012), and Multimethod Research, Causal Mechanisms, and Case Studies: The Research Triad (2017). The completely revised and rewritten edition of his (2005) concept book Social Science Concepts and Measurement was published by Princeton in 2020.