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.

Due to Covid-19 and physical distancing, ALL workshops will be held at 11:30am on Fridays via Zoom. To join us virtually please contact If you have questions or would like to present a paper, please contact

You can browse past workshops here.

Upcoming Events

Date Presenter or Event
February 12 Racial Order, Racialized Responses: Interminority Politics in a Diverse Nation
Efrén O. Pérez | UCLA
February 19 Religion and the 2020 Presidential Election: The Enduring Divide
James Kirk, Geoff Layman, & Dave Campbell
February 26 Changing the Dialogue: Descriptive Candidacies & Position Taking in Campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives
Rachel Porter | UNC
March 5 Committing to Congress: Does Organizational Commitment Influence Commitment to Constituents?
Jennifer Dudley | Notre Dame
March 12 Do Staffers Influence Legislative Behavior? Evidence from Arizona, Indiana and New Mexico
Michelangelo Landgrave | UCR
March 19 The Discontinuous Return to Simply Breaking Even: Experimental Evidence about Policy and Candidate Evaluations and Implications for Politically Feasible Welfare-Enhancing Policies
Patrick Tucker | Yale
March 26 Cross-Pressured Catholics: The Seamless Garment in American Political Behavior
Levi Allen, Laura Hussey, & Geoff Layman
April 9 Professionalization Workshop: LOR
Jake Baska, Christina Wolbrecht, & Claudia Francis
April 16 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference
April 30 America’s Voucher Politics: Private School Choice, Constitutional Constraints, and the Pursuit of Policy Goals by Indirect Means
Ursula Hackett | University of London
May 7 Wealth and Policymaking in the U.S. House of Representatives
Darrian Stacy | Vanderbilt