RAC Presentations Archive

The Research in American Politics (RAP) workshop — formerly the Research in American & Comparative (RAC) politics workshop — serves as a forum for the presentation of research by faculty and graduate students in American and comparative politics. This page lists RAC presentations from previous academic years. Please see the RAP Workshop and RCP Workshop pages for the current schedule.

AY 2017/2018

Organizers: Katherine Levine Einstein & Maxwell Palmer

Date Time Location Speaker Topic
Friday, Sep 15 12:00 312B in 232 Bay State Rd Barry Burden (U of Wisconsin) The Contingent Effects of Candidate Sex on Voter Choice
Friday, Dec 1 12:30 312B in 232 Bay State Rd Gina Sapiro (BU) Report on the 2017 APSA Survey on Sexual Harassment at Annual Meetings
Friday, Feb 2 12:30 312B in 232 Bay State Rd Clarissa Hayward (Wash U) This is What Democracy Looks Like! How the People Can Really Rule
Friday, Feb 16 12:30 312B in 232 Bay State Rd Jennifer Chudy (Wellesley C) Racial Sympathy and its Limits
Tuesday, Feb 27 12:30 312B in 232 Bay State Rd Shauna Shames (Rutgers-Camden) Who Runs, Who Wins? A Case Study of Emerge America’s Alumnae
Tuesday, Mar 20 4:00 312B in 232 Bay State Rd Mirya Holman (Tulane) Terrorism, Gender, and the 2016 Presidential Election
Friday, May 4 12:30 312B in 232 Bay State Rd James Feigenbaum (BU) From the Bargaining Table to the Ballot Box: Political Effects of Right to Work Laws

AY 2016/2017

Organizers: Katherine Levine Einstein & Maxwell Palmer

Date Time Location Speaker Topic
Jan 27 12:00 232 Bay State Rd 312B Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth Fact-checking and Fake News in Election 2016
Feb 10 12:00 232 Bay State Rd 312B Ariel White, MIT Misdemeanor Disenfranchisement? Short Jail Sentences and Voting
May 5 12:00 232 Bay State Rd 312B Chris Dawes, NYU The Electoral Effect of Stop-and-Frisk

AY 2015/2016

Organizers: Katherine Levine Einstein & David Glick

Date Time Location Speaker Topic
October, 23 2015 12:00 232 Bay State Rd 312B Jonathan Ladd, Georgetown Party Polarization, Ideological Sorting and the Emergence of the Partisan Gender Gap
November 6, 2015 12:00 232 Bay State Rd 312B Regina Bateson, MIT Finding Meaning in Politics: Victims, Loss, and Activism
February, 5 2016 12:00 232 Bay State Rd 312B Emily Thorson, Boston College Identifying and Correcting Substantive Economic Misperceptions in the American Public
Feb 26, 2016 12:00 232 Bay Sate Rd 312B Marco Hauptmeier, Cardiff Business School
April 15, 2016 12:00 232 Bay Sate Rd 312B Jeffrey Berry, Tufts The Outrage Industry
April 29, 2016 12:00 232 Bay State Rd 312B David Lewis, Vanderbilt Political Control and the Presidential Spending Power

AY 2014/2015

Organizers: Dino Christenson & David Glick

Date Time Location Speaker Topic
Oct 3 Noon 312 B Maya Sen & Matthew Blackwell (Harvard) The Political Legacy of American Slavery
Oct 10 Noon 312 B Robert Huckfeldt (UC Davis) Disproportional Influence: Experts, Activists, and the Creation of Public Opinion
Oct 24 Noon 312 B Timothy Werner (UT Austin) Blacklisted Benefactors: The Political Contestation of Non-Market Strategy
Nov 14 Noon 312 B Devin Caughey (MIT) Representation without Parties: Reconsidering the One-Party South
Mar 27 Noon 312 B Alisha Holland (Harvard) Voting for Forbearance: The Politics of Informal Redistribution in Latin America
Apr 10 Noon 312 B Andrew Hall (Harvard) The Candidate Supply: How the Costs and Benefits of Running for Office Shape the Political Process
Apr 24 2:00 312 B Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro (Brown) Can Citizens Discern? Information Credibility, Political Sophistication, and the Punishment of Corruption in Brazil
May 1 Noon 312 B Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona) Culture Warrior, Esquire: Understanding New Christian Right Law Schools and Legal Training Programs

AY 2013/2014

Organizers: Dino Christenson & David Glick

Date Time Location Speaker Topic
Nov 20 Noon PLS 312 B Danny Hidalgo, MIT Voter Buying: Shaping the Electorate through Clientelism
Dec 4 Noon PLS 312 B Chris Warshaw, MIT Public Opinion and Representation in the American States: 1970-2012
Dec 11 Noon PLS 312 B John Carey, Dartmouth Party System Coordination in Transistional Democracies
Feb 27 Noon PLS 505 Kate Krimmel, BU Public Opinion and Fiscal Politics
Mar 6 Noon PLS 312 B Rosella Cappella, BU Economic Statecraft and Power Redistribution during Wartime: Lessons from the Sterling Era and the Future of America’s Military Might
Mar 20 Noon PLS 312 B Eitan Hersh, Yale Dynamic Voting in a Dynamic Campaign: Three Models of Early Voting
Mar 27 Noon PLS 312 B Ryan Kennedy,
U of Houston
Making Useful Conflict Predictions: Methods for Addressing Skewed Classes and Implementing Cost-Sensitive Learning in the Study of State Failure
Apr 16 4pm 154 Bay State Rd Marieke Kleine,
Informal Governance in the European Union: How governments make international organizations work (Co-Sponsored with CSE)

AY 2012/2013

Organizers: Dino Christenson & David Glick

Date Time Location Speaker Topic
Nov 1, 2012 5pm PLS Seminar Room Dino Christenson & David Glick, BU Strategic Retreat Disrobed: The Court’s Legitimacy, Ideology, and Roberts’ Health Care Flip
Nov 13, 2012 5pm PLS Seminar Room Katherine Levine Einstein, BU Partisanship and Representation in Local Politics: New Evidence from Mid-Size U.S. Cities
Canceled Rescheduling PLS Seminar Room Ken Goldstein, UW Madison Everything I Did Not Know About Political Advertising Before I Went Into the Business
Jan 29, 2013 5pm PLS Seminar Room John Gerring & Dominic Zarecki, BU Scaling Up: Demographics and Schumpeterian Democracy at Subnational Levels
Feb 5, 2013 5pm PLS 312 B Kay Schlozman, BC & Sidney Verba, Harvard The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy
Feb 21, 2013 12:30pm CSE in 154 Bay State Rd Anton Hemerijck, VU U of Amsterdam Changing Welfare States
Mar 19, 2013 5pm PLS Seminar Room Taylor Boas, BU Media Barons and Electoral Politics: Politically-Controlled Broadcasting in Brazil
Apr 23, 2013 5pm PLS Seminar Room Adam Berinsky, MIT Rumors, Truths, and Reality: Can We Correct Political Misinformation?

AY 2011/2012

Organizers: Dino Christenson & Doug Kriner

Date Location Speaker Topic
Oct 27, 4-6pm 154 Bay State Road, Room 102 John Campbell, Dartmouth College Knowledge Regimes and Comparative Political Economy
Nov 3, 4-6pm PLS 312B Robert Adcock, George Washington University The American Birth of Political Science: The Case of Woodrow Wilson
Jan 24, 5-7pm PLS 505 David Glick, Boston University
Discussant: Maggie Helms
Mimicking and Modifying: An Experiment in Learning From Others
Feb 14, 5-7pm PLS 505 Alex Oliver, Boston University Opinion Dynamics in Realistic Information Environments: Experimental Evidence from the War in Afghanistan
Feb 28, 5-7pm PLS 505 Sigrun Olafsdottir, Boston University
Discussant: Matthew Maguire
Is Health Care Reform Contested in the U.S.? Public Attitudes Toward Government Involvement in Health Care, 1973-2010
Mar 6, 5-7pm PLS 505 Taylor Boas, Boston University
Discussant: Dominic Zarecki
Vote for Pastor Paulo: Electoral Effects of Religious Identity in Brazil
Apr 3, 5-7pm PLS 505 Michael Woldemariam, Boston University
Discussant: Alejandro Avenburg
“Cohesive Stalemates” and the Logic of Insurgent Solidarity: Ethiopia’s Long War in Historical Perspective
Apr 24, 5-7pm PLS 505 Jesse H. Rhodes, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Disciplining Schools? Punishing Racial Minorities? Using Survey Experiments to Investigate Public Opinion about School Sanctions in the Context of Neoliberal Social Policymaking

AY 2010/2011

Organizers (& Co-Founders): Dino Christenson & Andrew Reeves

Speaker Title Discussant Date
Doug Kriner (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) All Politics (Even Wars) are Local: Constituency Casualties, Congressional Rhetoric, and Public Opinion. Alexander Oliver (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) 11/16/10
Dino Christenson (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) The Health Care Debate: Semantic Networks as Evidence of Media Tone Matt Maguire (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) 12/13/10
Andrew Reeves (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) Gubernatorial Opportunism and Partisanship: Evidence from Disaster Aid Requests Maggie Helms (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) 2/10/11
Taylor Boas (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) The Spoils of Victory: Campaign Donations and Government Contracts in Brazil Dominic Zarecki (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) 3/3/11
Jon Krosnick, Stanford What Massachusetts Residents and Other Americans Think About Global Warming: Results from An In-Depth Statewide Study and National Surveys (Discoveries Lecture co-sponsored with Department of Geography and Environment) Kenmore Classroom Building 106 4/5/11
John Gerring and Dominic Zarecki (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) Size and Democracy, Revisted Alejandro Avenburg (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) 4/21/11
Doug Kriner and Andrew Reeves (Dept of Poli Sci, BU) Hail to the Pork? The Influence of Federal Spending on Presidential Elections None 5/12/11

Please see the RAC Workshop page for the current schedule.