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Center on American Politics

Under the leadership of Professor Edward G. Carmines, CAP ensures that the department continues to sponsor and promote cutting-edge scholarship and training in American politics. CAP offers a wide range of support for doctoral students: funding for conference travel; competitive research grants; opportunities to launch original instruments on nationally representative sample surveys; substantial professionalization opportunities for students entering the job market; and summer funding opportunities. 

Throughout the academic year, CAP sponsors a weekly American Politics Workshop in which students, faculty, or guest speakers present their work and receive critical feedback. These lively events are often an opportunity for students (at all stages of the degree program) to gain essential experience presenting in front of (often very difficult!) audiences. Other lectures expose students to the research of IU faculty and potential future colleagues from other institutions. In short, CAP promotes the collegiality, rigorous scholarship, and healthy disagreement that is the lifeblood of academia. And it deliberately engages with the world of political science beyond IU. 

CAP is proud of the world-class mentoring offered by affiliated faculty. CAP faculty members are interested in a wide range of fundamental questions about American political behavior and institutions. But they are united by a commitment to asking the right questions in the right way -- and showing students how to do so also. With CAP support, IU doctoral students (in the past several years alone) have published in State Politics & Policy Quarterly; Annual Review of Political Science; Political Behavior; PS: Political Science and Politics; Political Research Quarterly; Politics, Groups, and Identities; and Justice System Journal. Furthermore, doctoral students affiliated with CAP have obtained competitive tenure-track or post-doctoral positions at major universities. 

2017-2018 (includes upcoming speakers) 

Professor Nathan Kelly, University of Tennessee -- September 28-29, 2017 
"National Election Outcomes and the Perpetuation of Economic Inequality" 
(Co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science) 

Professor Daniel Sledge, University of Texas (Arlington) -- October 19-20, 2017 

Professor Hans Hassell, Cornell College -- February 8-9, 2018 

Professor Christopher Johnston, Duke University -- March 1-2, 2018 

Professor Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington -- April 12-13 

​(Co-sponsored with the Tocqueville Program)

In recent years, the Center has sponsored lectures by several prominent scholars, including:


Professor Nadia Brown, Purdue University - December 2, 2016
"Intersectional Presentations: A Study of Minority Congresswomen’s Website Biographies."

Professor Ashley Jardina, Duke University – March 2 – 3, 2017
"The Nitty Gritty: The Role of Grit and Perseverance in the Development of Civic Engagement."

Professor Kathleen Dolan, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee – March 9 – 10, 2017
“Blaming Women or Blaming the System: Perceptions of Women’s Underrepresentation in Elected Office”

Professor Melissa Michelson, Menlo College
Professor Brian Harrison, Northwestern University April 21, 2017
Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights”

Professor Tali Mendelberg, Princeton University – April 27 – 28, 2017
“The Affluence Effect: College Socialization and Inequality in America”

Professor Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University - September 24 - 25, 2015
"The Nitty Gritty: The Role of Grit and Perseverance in the Development of Civic Engagement."

Professor Brian Schaffner, UMass Amherst - October 15 - 16, 2015
"The Nature of Congressional Representation in an Era of Polarization."

Professor Lilliana Mason, University of Maryland, College Park - November 5 - 6, 2015
"Socio-Partisan Sorting and Polarized Identity Politics."

Professor Kira Sanbonmatsu, Rutgers University - March 10 - 11, 2016
"Gender and Racial Diversity in Statewide Executive Elections."

Professor Fredrick Harris, Columbia University - April 21 - 22, 2016
"Uncovering the Invisible Hands of Racial Inequality."

Professor Hans Noel, Georgetown University - February 27, 2015
"Without a Watchdog: The Effect of Quality News Coverage on Congressional Polarization."

Professor Darrell West, Brookings Institute - April 3, 2015
"Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust."

Professor Corrine McConnaughy, The George Washington University - May 1, 2015
"Stigma and Invisibility: Racial Politics Through a Gendered Lens."

Professor Marc Hetherington, Vanderbilt University - March 6, 2014
Why Washington Won't Work: Political Trust, Polarization, and the Governing Crisis.

Professor James Fowler, University of California, San Diego - November 7, 2013
A 61-Million-Person Experiment in Social Influence and Political Mobilization.

Professor Katherine Cramer, University of Wisconsin, Madison - October 25, 2013
Understanding the Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness and Support for Small Government.

Professor John Griffin, University of Colorado, Boulder - April 19, 2013
Party Systems, Elections, and Democratic Politics."

Professor Mike Wagner, University of Wisconsin - April 5, 2013
The News Media as a Political Institution: How Party Competition Explains Variance in Journalistic Issue Framing."

Professor Frances Lee, University of Maryland - February 22, 2013
Partisan Uncertainty and Senate Floor Debate.”

Professor John Brehm, University of Chicago - December 7th, 2012
Persuasion in Policy Debates: A Health Care Example.”

Professor Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan - November 11, 2011
The Politics of Race: How Threat Cues and Group Position Can Activate White Identity.”

Professor Diana Mutz, University of Pennsylvania - April 29, 2011
“In Your Face Politics”

Professor David E. Lewis, Vanderbilt University - March 4, 2011
Who Controls the Bureaucracy? The President, Congress, and Influence Over Bureaucratic Policy

Professor Brandice Canes-Wrone, Princeton University - January 28, 2011
Judges, Politicians, and Voters: The Impact of
Selection Procedures on Judicial Decisions

Professor Jeffrey J. Mondak, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - November 19, 2010
“Personality and Politics: Applications of the Big Five Approach”

Professor William G. Jacoby, Michigan State University - October 21, 2010
“Individual Value Choices: Orderly Structure Versus Ambivalence and Indifference”

Professor Michael B. Berkman, Pennsylvania State University - April 30, 2010
Evolution and Creationism: The Battle for Control of America's Classrooms”

Professor John Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - April 9, 2010
“Are Liberals and Conservatives Physiologically and Cognitively Different?”

Professor Geoffrey C. Layman, University of Notre Dame - January 22, 2010
“Party Polarization, Party Commitment, and Conflict Extension among American Party Activists”