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.

Please join us from 12:00-1:30 on the dates below in Eggers Hall 100A. A boxed lunch will be served starting at 11:30. You can also join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 953 1722 0810, Password: 682069). If you have any questions, please contact Simon Weschle.

September 3
“Roundtable: Teaching after a Pandemic”
Panelists: Lamis Abdelaaty, Nathan Carrington, Maraam Dwidar, and Sarah Pralle. Moderator: Shana Gadarian

September 10
“The Open Borders Debate, Migration as Settlement, and the Right to Travel”
Ugur Altundal (Practice Job Talk)

September 17
“The Effect of the Education Realignment on American Party Position Taking”
Joel Kersting (Practice Job Talk)

October 8
"Saving this Honorable Court: Supreme Court Legitimacy in an Era of Court Reform”
Nathan Carrington (Practice Job Talk)

October 29
“Bargaining with the Bomb: Militarized Nuclear Signals and Coercive Bargaining”
Kyungwon Suh (Practice Job Talk)

November 19
Double Session:
“The Hidden Partisan Consensus for Funding Science,” Mark Brockway and
“Organizational Leaders and Intersectional Advocacy,” Maraam Dwidar  

December 10
“Structural Topic Models: Measuring Time in EU Commission Meetings”
Kari Waters

Comparative Politics/International Relations Series

All talks are from 12:00-1:30pm in Eggers Hall 341. For details please see

September 24
Jack Paine (University of Rochester)

October 22
Amanda Clayton (Vanderbilt University)  

November 5
Kelebogile Zvobgo (William & Mary)

December 3
Ryan Griffiths (Syracuse University)

Sovereignty, Order, and Conflict

For details, please see:

September 13 (12:00-1:30)
Erica De Bruin (Associate Professor, Hamilton College)
Title: How to Prevent Coups d'Etat.

October 18 (11:00-12:30)
Eli Berman (Professor, UC San Diego)
Title: TBD

November 8 (12:00-1:30)
Frank Smith (Director, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, U.S. Naval War College)
Title: TBD