Shawna K. Metzger


Shawna K. Metzger.

Shawna K. Metzger


Shawna K. Metzger


Scholarly Interests

econometrics, duration models, international relations, conflict processes


Shawna K. Metzger is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at UB.  Her substantive research examines the interplay between disputed issues and interstate conflict, and her methodological research focuses on duration models, particularly their ability to model complex political processes.  She has published in Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Political Analysis, PS: Political Science & Politics, and Stata Journal.  Her monograph, Using Shiny to Teach Econometric Models, has also been published as part of Cambridge University Press' Elements series.  Prior to joining UB in 2022, she spent various lengths of time at Michigan State University, the University of Virginia, the College of William & Mary, and the National University of Singapore.


  • PhD University of Pittsburgh
  • MA University of Pittsburgh
  • BS Rochester Institute of Technology 

Current Research

  • multistate duration models, assumption testing and test performance, conflict dynamics

Courses Taught

  • PSC 631 Advanced Statistics for Social Science

Selected Recent Research

“Proportionally Less Difficult? Reevaluating Keele’s ‘Proportionally Difficult’.”  Forthcoming, Political Analysis.


Metzger, Shawna K., and Benjamin T. Jones.  2022.  “Getting Time Right: Using Cox Models and Probabilities to Interpret Binary Panel Data.”  Political Analysis 30 (2): 151–66.


Metzger, Shawna K.  2021.  Using Shiny to Teach Econometric Models.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Metzger, Shawna K., and Benjamin T. Jones.  2021.  “Properly Calculating estat phtest in the Presence of Stratified Hazards.”  Stata Journal 21 (4): 1028–33.


Jones, Benjamin T., and Shawna K. Metzger.  2019.  “Different Words, Same Song: Advice for Substantively Interpreting Duration Models.”  PS: Political Science & Politics 52 (4): 691–695.

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