Welcome to the Rooney Center!
The mission of the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy is to examine politics and policy making in the United States—leaving Notre Dame’s distinctive imprint on the study of American democracy. With a grounding in Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, the Center facilitates research on the critical issues facing America’s democratic system, and encourages Notre Dame’s students to be engaged in both civic and political life.
The Center sponsors a variety of activities for both faculty and students, including a weekly research workshop, a speaker series, conferences, graduate research grants and support, and a thesis prize. Together with Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns, we are currently cosponsors of NDVotes '16, a nonpartisan voter registration, education, and mobilization campaign on campus.
- Mark your calendars! A new film series, Campaign Concerns, will continue on October 26. For more information, click here.
- On Friday, October 28, students from the University of Illinois will present at the regular Rooney Center workshop from 12:00-2:00 pm in 200 Riley Hall. For more details about the speakers and their topics, click here.
- Rooney Center Workshop on November 4, 12:00 noon, in 200 Riley Hall. Jeff Harden will present, "Does the Election of a Female Governor Influence Women’s Political Ambition?
- Information on upcoming workshops can be found here.
- Dr. Patrick Wolf will present “Private School Choice: What we Know and Don’t Know” on November 18 at 12:30 pm in Remick Commons. RSVP to the Institute for Educational Initiatives at email@example.com
- “Media and Gender Politics in the 2016 Election: A Faculty Roundtable” will be held on November 2 at 5:00 p.m in the Browning Cinema.
- The event is free but ticketed, acquire your tickets here.
- Additional information about the event can be found here.
- ND Votes in the news! Check out the article, “ND Votes holds Welcome Weekend voter registration drive.”