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Center on American Politics

Directed by Edward G. Carmines, IU Distinguished Professor, Warner O. Chapman Professor of Political Science and Rudy Professor of Indiana University Bloomington

The Center on American Politics supports a wide range of activities associated with American politics including providing funding for research conferences and sponsoring outside speakers. The Center also funds travel expenses so that graduate students can present their research at academic conferences such as the Midwest Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association. Finally, the Center provides summer funding for graduate students to do independent research and take courses here and at other universities.

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

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

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”