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 most Fridays from 12:00-1:30 pm via Zoom (Meeting ID: 953 1722 0810, Password: 682069). 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 Simon Weschle.

February 12
Colin French
“Social Pressure and Accuracy Motivations”
Discussant: Aaron Lattanzi

February 26
Ying Shi (PAIA)
“Early-Life Exposure to the Voting Rights Act and Later-Life Outcomes” (with Daniel B. Jones)
Discussant: Ana Jones

March 5
Double Session: Shana Gadarian and Seth Jolly
“Pandemic Politics: How the COVID 19 Pandemic Revealed the Depths of American Polarization” (Shana Gaddarian, Sara Wallace Goodman, and Tom Pepinsky)
“The Ideological Bases and Consequences of Partisan Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic” (Seth Jolly, Jan Rovny, Ryan Bakker, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Marco Steenbergen, Milada Anna Vachudova)
Discussants: Emma Dreher and Dan Jackson

March 19
Kyungwon Suh
“Bargaining with the Bomb: Militarized Nuclear Threats and Coercive Diplomacy”
Discussant: Heidi Stallman

March 26
Joel Kersting
“Red, Blue Green: The Effect of the Education Realignment on Party Polarization on the Environment”
Discussant: Sam Call

April 2
Farrah Brown
“The Political Economy of Developing Country Categorization”
Discussant: Andre Anselmo

April 16
Prospectus Mini-Conference: Ana Jones, Emma Dreher, Ivy Raines, Heidi Stallman, Sam Call

April 30
Shane Sanders (Falk)
“Bargaining in the Shadow of Generalized Conflict: Resource Division, Non-convex Bargaining Sets, and War's Inefficiency Puzzle”
Discussant: tba.

Comparative Politics/International Relations Series

All talks are from 12:00-1:30 pm via Zoom. For details and to sign up for talks, please see

February 19
Rachel Beatty Riedl (Cornell University)

March 12
Abraham Newman (Georgetown University) and Henry Farrell (Johns Hopkins University)

April 9
Milan Svolik (Yale University)

April 23
Margit Tavits (Washington University in St. Louis)

Sovereignty, Order, and Conflict

For details, please see:

February 22 (12:00-1:30)
Sarah Parkinson (Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University)
Title: It's Just How Things are Done: Humanitarian Principles, Gender, and Informal Socialization in Aid Work

March 26 (12:00-1:30)
Rebecca Bryant (Professor, Utrecht University)
Title: Sovereignty in Drag: On Fakes, Foreclosure, and Unbecoming States

April 1 (12:30-2:00)
Paul Musgrave (Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Title: The Elections of Others

American Politics Speaker Series

The American Politics Speaker Series is the Department’s regular American Politics research seminar. All talks are from 12:30-2pm on Zoom. If you’d like to meet virtually with the speaker for the week, please reach out to Robert Shaffer. Papers will be circulated approximately one week in advance of the seminar. The Zoom meeting ID is 939 4941 5907, and the password is 710175.

February 18
Gary Hollibaugh (University of Pittsburgh)

March 3
Rachel Potter (University of Virginia)

March 17
Fabian Neuner (Arizona State University)

March 31
Abby Fisher Williamson (Trinity College)