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 Dianne Pinderhughes, who has recently accepted an appointment as Chair of the African Studies department.



Congratulations to Rooney Center faculty member Matt Hall, for his recent publication in Political Analysis, "Estimating Dynamic Ideal Points for State Supreme Courts." You can read it here.



The John Roos Prize for the best senior thesis in the field of American Politics goes to Emily Flores for her thesis, "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union: We the People in Indiana Public High Schools." Emily's thesis was advised by David Campbell.



Congratulations to Gary Hollibaugh on not one but two major articles out: "Naïve Cronyism and Neutral Competence: Patronage, Performance, and Policy Agreement in Executive Appointments.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and "Vacancies, vetting, and votes: A unified dynamic model of the appointments process.” Journal of Theoretical Politics.




Upcoming Events:

Have a great summer!

Classes begin August 25