Welcome to the Rooney Center!


The Center sponsors a variety of activities for both faculty and students, including conferences, a weekly research workshop for faculty and graduate students, a speaker series for the entire campus community, research grants for graduate students, roundtables for undergraduates, internships
for undergraduates, and a thesis prize for undergraduates.


Here's what's new:



The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy is pleased to announce its new director, Christina Wolbrecht. A long-time Rooney Center faculty member, Professor Wolbrecht looks forward to continuing and expanding the Rooney Center's efforts to improve our understanding of American politics and policy-making through research, lectures and conferences, student support, the Washington Semester, and other programs. We are grateful to founding director, David Campbell, for his visionary leadership in establishing the Rooney Center and its programs.


Congratulations to graduate student Chris Weaver, who has a single-authored article in the most recent issue of Politics and Religion: "Political and Spiritual Migration: The Adaptive Formation of Religious and Partisan Attachments among Latino Immigrants in the United States."



Here is a link to video of the Saturday Scholars talk that our own Luis Fraga gave recently on "The Changing American Voters in 2016 and Beyond." Saturday Scholars is a lecture series sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, held prior to each home football game.



Congratulations to Gary Hollibaugh for his recent publication in Presidential Studies Quarterly, "The Political Determinants of Ambassadorial Appointments." You can read it here. Also, Gary is also this issue's "featured author," which means he has been featured in an online interview.



Former Rooney Director Dave Campbell has just been named the Packey Dee Professor of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. Congratulations to Dave on this important recognition of his significant contributions as a scholar and teacher. Dave begins a term as Chair of the Department of Political Science this Fall.





Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events

  • NDVotes Pizza, Pop, & Politics

    • Fr. John Jenkins will lead an informal discussion about the Commission on Presidential Debates, civil discourse, and faith in politics.

    • 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 2, at the Geddes Hall Coffee House
  • NDVotes Pizza, Pop, & Politics

    • Mark Fox, Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Notre Dame, and Waldo Mikels-Carrasco, Director of Community and Population Health Development, will discuss perspectives on health care as a policy issue of concern in the 2016 elections. 

    • 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 9, at the Geddes Hall Coffee House