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Graduate student Jessala Grijalva awarded highly competitive NSF fellowship

Author: Christina Wolbrecht

Graduate student Jessala Grijalva has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). Nationwide, just 11 political science graduate students were awarded these highly-competitive fellowships in 2020. The NSF-GRF provides a generous stipend and tuition support over a three year period, permitting Grijalva to focus intently on her research and writing. …

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Women Voters, 1920-2016

Author: C-SPAN

Christina Wolbrecht, political scientist and author of A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage, discussed how politicians and the media have attempted to understand and define women as voters since the passage of the 19th Amendment. She also analyzed the accuracy of assumptions about women voters in the 2016 election - the first to feature a female presidential candidate from a major party. The Boston Athenaeum hosted the event recently aired on C-SPAN. View it here…

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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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Political science major Prathm Juneja named Rhodes Scholar

Author: Erin Blasko

University of Notre Dame senior Prathm Juneja has been named to the United States Rhodes Scholar Class of 2020. Juneja, of Edison, New Jersey, is Notre Dame’s 20th Rhodes Scholar and the 14th from the College of Arts and Letters — including four in the past six years — and will commence his studies in Oxford in October.

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How women candidates are making girls feel better about politics

Author: David Campbell and Christina Wolbrecht

With a record number of women running for the Democratic nomination, and Elizabeth Warren leading in some polls, some Democrats have wondered whether nominating a woman in 2020 will mean it is 2016 all over again. Clinton’s loss embittered many women — young women in particular. It was not just that Clinton lost, it was who she lost to. And it was not just that they were frustrated with losing an election; many young women began to question American democracy itself. This is especially troubling at a time when liberal democracy is being questioned…

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Rooney Center Helps Encourage Student Voting

Author: Daily Domer Staff

The numbers of student voters at the University of Notre Dame rose nearly 20 percentage points in last year’s midterm elections, according to the new 2014 and 2018 Campus Report from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). At Notre Dame, 37.1 percent of students voted in the 2018 midterms, compared to 17.3 percent in the 2014 elections, following a national trend. Undergraduate and graduate students voted at nearly equal rates in 2014, at 15.2 percent and 16.3 percent respectively, and both jumped significantly in 2018 to 32.9 percent and 33.1 percent respectively.

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NSF-funded team working to make data from states more accessible and easier to analyze

Author: Tom Coyne

Notre Dame political scientist Jeff Harden is part of a multidisciplinary research team awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator grant to create a hub that will make it easier to access and analyze data from states on public policy and economic and social outcomes.

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Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks about evidence-based anti-poverty policy

Author: Leigh Lynes

LEO was honored to cohost, with The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, an event for University of Notre Dame students featuring Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The event, “Evidence and Policymaking in the Age of Big Data,” was held on September 13 on the Notre Dame campus. Ryan, who serves on LEO’s advisory board and is a Professor of the Practice at Notre Dame this academic year, spoke about how research and evidence-based policy can have a meaningful impact on poverty.

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The Building Bridges Mentoring Program receives the Presidential Team Irish Award

Author: Anna McKeever

The Presidential Team Irish Award program recognizes staff teams that exemplify the University’s Core Values of integrity, accountability, teamwork, leadership in mission and leadership in excellence. A select number of staff teams receive the award each year as a recognition of significant accomplishments, collaborations or initiatives where they demonstrated Core Values. At each home football game, before 80,000 football fans, one of the Team Irish Award winning teams take the field, during a television timeout, to receive the award. Click for information on the Presidential Team Irish Award.…

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Assistant Professor David Cortez recently wrote an opinion piece for USA Today: "I asked Latinos why they joined immigration law enforcement. Now I'm urging them to leave."

Author: David Cortez

Latinos make up half of American Border Patrol agents. But it's not self-hatred driving them to work for agencies deporting their communities.

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Rooney Center faculty member Dianne Pinderhughes elected to the prestigious Academy of Arts & Sciences

Author: Josh Weinhold

Two faculty from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — Declan Kiberd and Dianne Pinderhughes — have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. They are among more than 200 members of the 239th AAAS class, which includes former first lady Michelle Obama, author Jonathan Franzen, gender theorist Judith Butler, former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, NPR host Michel Martin, and neuro-oncologist Robert B. Darnell.

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Congratulations to Pulitzer Prize winner, Notre Dame alumnus, and Washington Program faculty, Carlos Lozada

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame faculty member and alumnus Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic for the Washington Post, is the recipient of a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, journalism’s highest honor. In announcing the award April 15, the Pulitzer jurors cited Lozada “for trenchant and searching reviews and essays that joined warm emotion and careful analysis in examining a broad range of books addressing government and the American experience.”

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