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


Feb. 2

"Antislavery and the Ideological Futility of New Party Movements" with Sam Glaser

Feb. 9

"Donald Trump and Conflict Extension in American Public Opinion" with Geoff Layman

Feb. 16

 "Performative Partisanship: Investigating the Partisan Gender Gap Among Transgender Individuals" with Meyer Levy, Sid Simpson, and Hannah Wilson

Feb. 23

“Behind ‘Enemy’ Lines: Congressional Detailees and Executive Branch Influence over Policy Formulation” with Jennifer Selin, University of Missouri

March 2

"Legislative Constraints on Executive Unilateralism in Separation of Powers Systems" with Sharece Thrower, Vanderbilt University

March 9

No workshop, Spring break

March 16

No workshop, Spring break

March 23

Graduate Recruitment Weekend

March 30

No workshop, Good Friday

April 6

No Workshop, MPSA

April 13


April 20

"Legislators as Lobbyists" with Melinda Ritchie, UC-Riverside

April 27

"Competing Identities, Values, and Preferences: Evangelical Christians in American Politics" with Michelle Margolis, University of Pennsylvania