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.

Most workshops throughout the academic year are held at noon on Fridays in Jenkins Nanovic Halls (please check schedule for room) with lunch provided for attendees. Exact dates and locations are announced as they become available. If you have questions or would like to present a paper, please contact

You can browse past workshops here.


Presenter or Event

Sept. 6

Academic Year Opening Lunch for American Politics faculty and graduate students
Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

Sept. 13

Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan*
Location: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
*Event begins at 2:00 p.m.

Sept. 20

Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

Sept. 27

Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

Oct. 4

Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

Oct. 11

Graduate research exchange with University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Oct. 18

No Workshop - Fall Break

Oct. 25

No Workshop - Fall Break

Nov. 1

Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

Nov. 8

"Why a Handful of Localities Generate the Bulk of U.S. Death Sentences"
Frank Baumgartner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

Nov. 15

"Citizen Demand for the Dimension of Political Representation" 
Abigail Mancinelli and Jeff Harden
Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

Nov. 22

Location: B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

Nov. 29

No Workshop - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 6

Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall