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ND Votes '16

The Rooney Center is partnering with Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns to sponsor NDVotes '16, a non-partisan campaign to promote voter education, registration, and mobilization in the period leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Beginning in the Fall of 2015, the aim of NDVotes '16 is to foster conscientious and informed engagement in political and civic life among students.  More information can be found here!

The NDVotes Spring Kick Off event will be held at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 2, in the Geddes Hall Coffee House. Fr. John Jenkins will lead a discussion about the Presidential Debate Commission, civil discourse, and faith in political life. 

The next NDVotes event will be held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 9, at the Geddes Hall Coffee House. 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. 


Lindsey Horvath, mayor of West Hollywood, will present "From Walsh Hall to City Hall"

Lindsey Horvath has gone from Notre Dame undergraduate (2004 B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies) to entertainment industry executive to mayor of West Hollywood. Join us for a conversation with Lindsey as she shares her unique perspective on how Notre Dame can help prepare you to translate your passions into a career and politics beyond the Dome. 4:30 pm on Monday, January 25, 2016. Geddes Coffee House. Pizza and pop will be served. 

Poster for Lindsey Horvath

2015 Senior Thesis Prize

  • 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 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.

Wilson Quarterly feature

Christina Wolbrecht and her co-author Michael Hartney (Rooney Center graduate) have been featured in a Wilson Quarterly piece on thier recent Perspectives article on the politics of education.  The Wilson Quarterly piece can be found here.

Michael Hartney

Congratulations to Michael Hartney, 2014 Rooney Center graduate, on his being named the 2015 Eli J. Sheehan and Helen Sheehan Award winner as outstanding graduate student in the Division of Social Sciences
for 2015.  Michael also is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2015 Harold D. Lasswell Award, which is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of public policy.

Authors Meet Critics: Seeking the Promised Land

Many joined us February 6, as we celebrated a recent book co-authored by Notre Dame's David Campbell.  Dave and his co-authors, Quin Monson (Brigham Young University Political Science) and John Green (University of Akron Political Science), responded to "critics" Laura Olson (Clemson Political Science) and Kraig Beyerlein (ND Sociology) in this event titled "Authors Meet Critics: Seeking the Promised Land," based on the title of the book Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics.

Authors Meet Critics - "Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics"
Featuring Commentary by: Laura Olson (Clemson) and Kraig Beyerlein (ND Sociology)
and Authors: Dave Campbell (ND Political Science), J. Quin Monson (BYU), and John C. Green (Akron)

About the book:

Mormons have long had an outsized presence in American culture and politics, but they remain largely unknown to most Americans. Recent years have seen the political prominence of Mormons taken to a new level – including the presidential candidacy of Republican Mitt Romney, the prominent involvement of Mormons in the campaign for California's Proposition 8 (anti–gay marriage), and the ascendancy of Democrat Harry Reid to the position of Senate Majority Leader. This book provides the most thorough examination ever written of Mormons' place in the American political landscape – what Mormons are like politically and how non-Mormons respond to Mormon candidates. However, this is a book about more than Mormons. As a religious subculture in a pluralistic society, Mormons are a case study of how a religious group balances distinctiveness and assimilation – a question faced by all faiths.


Dave Campbell and Quin Monson on Research on Religion

Listen to the interview here!

This week's top episode of Research on Religion ( ) features our very own Prof. Dave Campbell talking about his new book Seeking the Promised Land about Mormon political values.  This makes him “almost famous” since that show is just shy of The Daily Show’s audience on Comedy Central (though higher than most MSNBC shows.)  He shares the microphone with co-author Quin Monson of BYU.  The discussion of their book will likely have wide appeal to the Notre Dame community interested in religion and politics and is both informative and fun. 

Research on Religion is a free weekly podcast series coming from Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion and has featured other ND Political Science faculty such as Dan Philpott and Phillip Muñoz.

Women in the Civil Rights Movement

The Rooney Center co-sponsored two great talks on Women in the Civil Rights Movement in October.

Prof. Jane Rhodes from Macalaster College gave a talk, "Black Women, Black Power, and the Media's Glare," on Thursday, October 30 at 5:00 at the Hesburgh Auditorium.

Prof. David Stovall (University of Illinois at Chicago) gave a talk on Friday, October 31 at noon at Saint Mary's College. The title is "Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and the Current Struggle for Human Dignity."

Jane Rhodes is Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Professor and Chair of American Studies at Macalester College. The subject of her talk is on women, the media, and Black Power. Dr. Rhodes specializes in the study of race, gender and mass media; the black press; and media and social movements. Rhodes’ first book Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century (Indiana University Press, 1998), was named the best book in mass communication history by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her most recent book is Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon It is noteworthy that Dr. Rhodes was featured in the award-winning documentary The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (California Newsreel), and has been the recipient of a President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of California, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a research fellowship from the University of London.

David Stovall is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates four areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) concepts of social justice in education, 3) the relationship between housing and education, and 4) the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of social justice. His current work has led him to become a member of the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School design team, which opened in the Fall of 2005 where he also serves as a volunteer social studies teacher.

David Campbell's AEI Paper on Civic Education

David Campbell wrote a paper for the American Enterprise Institute on civic education, which was released on September 17, 2014, in conjunction with Constitution Day. The paper shows that state-level civics exams lead to higher civic knowledge among Millennials. Follow the original link, or read it here.