Activities & Events

Political Science Research Workshop

The Political Science Research Workshop is a venue for graduate students and faculty to present and receive feedback on work in progress. Dissertation chapters, article manuscripts and dissertation proposal drafts comprise the bulk of our presentations. Students who are on the job market and anticipate interviews in the near future may also present a practice job talk.

The PSRW provides a venue to learn critical skills for practicing political scientists. Presenters and discussants learn to give and receive constructive feedback and to utilize this type of intellectual exchange to improve the quality of their written research. Additionally, attendance allows students and faculty to become familiar with the work of their colleagues.

On top of all that… we’ll have lunch!

Please join us most Fridays from 12:00-1:30 pm in the political science department seminar room (100A Eggers) unless otherwise indicated. No RSVP is required, but all attendees are expected to read the paper before the workshop session and to come ready to offer constructive feedback.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Lamis Abdelaaty.


Fall 2018

September 7th, 2018
Li Shao
Practice Job Talk
Title:  "Protest and Regime Responsiveness: How Chinese Media Reporting Can Stimulate Collective Action"

September 21st, 2018
Sunghee Cho
Practice Job Talk
Title: "China's Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations" 

October 19th, 2018
Katharine Russell
Title: "From ABCs to IEDs: Why Terrorist Organizations Use Child Suicide Bombers"
Discussant: Catriona Standfield

October 26th, 2018
Matt Cleary and Aykut Ozturk
Title: "Slow Motion Democratic Breakdown in the 21st Century"
Discussant: Kari Waters

November 16th, 2018
FPP Teaching Workshop

November 30th, 2018
Colleen Burton
Title: "Gendered Civil Society Context and Female Representation in the U.S. State Legislatures"
Discussant: Joel Kersting


Spring 2019


January 18th, 2019

Catriona Standfield
Title: "Practicing Peace? How United Nations Mediation Practices Affect the Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda"

January 25th, 2019

Aykut Ozturk
Title: "Determinants of Expressive Partisanship in Developing Democracies: the case of Turkey" (co-authored with Melis Laebens)

February 1st, 2019

Sobia Paracha
Title: "Conventional Asymmetry and Nuclear First Use Postures"

February 8th, 2019

Steven White
Title:  "The Police as a Political Institution in American Politics"

February 15th, 2019

David Arceneaux & Kyungwon Suh
Title: "The Diffusion of Nuclear Innovations"

February 22th, 2019
Brian Wolfel
Title: "The Antagonism of Thomas Carlyle's Transcendentalism and John Rawls's Rationalism"

March 1st, 2019

Tae Hyun Lim
Title: "Media, Policy, and Public Opinion Change: Gender Role Norms in South Korea"

March 8th, 2019

FPP Teaching Workshop

March 22nd, 2019

Keneshia Grant, Howard University
Title: "The Political Impact of Black Migration" (Joint session with AP Colloquium)

April 19th, 2019

Dongshu Liu
Title: "Strategic Distribution for Authoritarian Legislature: Evidence from China"