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Wolbrecht

A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage

In a recent contribution to Newsweek magazine, Rooney Center director Christina Wolbrecht and her co-author Kevin Corder argue that what you think you know about women voters might not be accurate and encourage observers to check their biases when discussing women voters in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
Baumgartner

Death penalty disparities examined

Frank Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke recently at Notre Dame about the unusual imbalance of death penalties across localities in the United States. His talk was sponsored by the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, and co-sponsored by the Klau Center.
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A Century of Votes for Women

A Century of Votes for Women

Christina Wolbrecht and Kevin Corder

Cambridge University Press, 2020

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Rooney Center director Christina Wolbrecht discusses her new book in Newsweek Magazine

Author: MEREDITH WOLF SCHIZER

Political scientist professors Christina Wolbrecht and J. Kevin Corder studied the history of women's voting patterns in their new book A Century of Votes for Women, and in this Q&A, they discuss what we need to understand about women voters for the 2020 elections, how having a female presidential candidate could affect voting patterns and the possible significance of having a woman on the ballot.…

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Death penalty disparities examined

Author: Kevin Fye

Frank Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke recently at Notre Dame about the unusual imbalance of death penalties across localities in the United States. His talk was sponsored by the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, and co-sponsored by the Klau Center.…

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The Political American Dream: Re-imagining American Optimism in Political, Not Economic, Terms

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Speaker: Colleen Mitchell

Colleen Mitchell is currently serving as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, where she received her Ph.D. in Political Science in 2019. She is a scholar of the history of political thought, particularly the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods. Her work is broadly focused on examining the possibilities and limits of necessarily imperfect politics, as well as the roles of morality and religion in political life. 

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Separating Race and Party in Congressional Elections

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Speaker: Bernard Fraga | Indiana University

Bernard L. Fraga examines American electoral politics, racial/ethnic politics, and mass and elite political behavior. His recent book, The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America, provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of race and voter turnout, examining America's four largest racial and ethnic groups and voting patterns from the 1800s to the present.

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