RAC Presentations Archive

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 RAC Workshop page for the current schedule.

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,
LSE
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 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: 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
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.