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.



Here is a link to video of the Saturday Scholars talk that our own Luis Fraga gave last week 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:

NDVotes ’16
Political Responsibilty &
Virtuous Discourse
Monday, October 5
7:00 pm – Geddes Hall
(Andrews Auditorium)

Friday, October 9
University of Illinois Exchange
2:00 pm – 200 Riley Hall

Friday, October 30
Kraig Beyerlein (ND Sociology)
12:00 pm – 220 Malloy Hall