Research Workshops

The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy Workshops provide an opportunity for Notre Dame faculty and graduate students, as well as occasional visitors, to present in-progress research on American politics and receive input and feedback in a casual setting. Workshops throughout the academic year are held on Fridays beginning at noon in Jenkins Nanovic Halls (please double check schedule for room) with lunch provided for attendees.

Rooney Workshop

Exact dates and places are announced as they become available. If you have questions or would like to present a paper, please contact



Presenter or Event

Sept. 8

Professionalization Session:  How to be Successful in Graduate School

Location: 1030 Nanovic Hall 

Sept. 15

"Incorporating Diffusion Networks into Models of Public Policy Adoption” with Jeff Harden

Location: 1030 Nanovic Hall

Sept. 22

"Of Love and Hate: A Theory of Negative Party Identification with New Experimental Results" with Nate Sumaktoyo

Location: 1030 Nanovic Hall

Sept. 29

"Judging Books by Their Covers: Perceptions of Candidates" with Mikaila Leyva and Juan Valdez

Location: B101 Jenkins Hall

Oct. 6

University of Illinois Graduate Student Exchange

Location: TBA

Time: TBA

Oct. 13

"Gender and Representation: A Tradeoff Between Constituency Service and Policy?" with Danielle Thomsen, Assistant Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Oct. 20

No workshop, Fall break

Oct. 27

"Religion and Human Rights: a Metaphorical Gaza Strip" with Center for the Study of Religion and Society Visiting Scholar, Barbara Walters (CUNY)

Location: 1030 Nanovic Hall

Nov. 3

"Is there a Mighty King in Zion?: LDS Church Influence on State Legislatures in the Mormon Corridor" with Meyer Levy and Amir Sadeh

Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Nov. 10 (12:00 pm)

Book launch for Perseverance in the Parish?: Religious Attitudes from a Black Catholic Perspective by Darren Davis and Donald Pope-Davis

External Discussant: Eric McDaniel (University of Texas-Austin)

Location: 1030 Nanovic Hall

Nov. 10 (3:30 pm)

"The Everyday Crusade: American Religious Exceptionalism and Defining American Citizenship" with Eric McDaniel

Location: B062 Nanovic Hall

Nov. 17

No workshop

Nov. 24

No workshop, Thanksgiving

Dec. 1 (Noon)

Book launch for More than a Feeling: Personality, Polarization, and the Transformation of the U.S. Congress by Adam Ramey, Jonathan Klingler, and Gary Hollibaugh

External Discussant: Justin Grimmer (University of Chicago)

Location: 1030 Nanovic Hall

Dec. 1 (3:30 pm)

Justin Grimmer Research Talk

Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Dec. 7 (3:30 pm)

Jane Junn Research Talk

Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Dec. 8

Book launch for Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America by Carol Hardy-Fanta, Pei-te Lien, Dianne Pinderhughes, and Christine Marie Sierra

External Discussant: Jane Junn, USC

Location: 1030 Nanovic Hall