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FALL 2014 - SPRING 2015

CSDI Weekly Seminars will be held at 12:10 PM, 349 Ingram Commons Center, unless otherwise specified

September 5:  Michael Sances, CSDI Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University

September 12: Eddie Camp, CSDI Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University

September 19: Greg Caldeira, The Ohio State University

September 26: Taeku Lee, University of California, Berkeley

October 3: Pablo Fernandez-Vasquez, CSDI Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University

October 10: Andrew F. Daughety and Jennifer F. Reinganum, Department of Economics and Law School, Vanderbilt University

October 24: Joseph White, Case Western Reserve University

December 5: Susan Webb-Yackee, La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

January 9: Christopher Karpowitz, CSDI and Brigham Young University

January 23: Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University

February 6: Clifford J. Carrubba, Emory University

February 6: John Ferejohn, NYU Law School, 3:00pm  to 4:30pm, 349 Ingram Commons Center 

February 13: Larry Bartels and Joshua Clinton, Vanderbilt University

February 20: Joshua Clinton, Vanderbilt University

February 27: Kenneth a. Schultz, Stanford University

March 13: Staffan Lindberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

March 20: Jonathon Bendor, Stanford University

April 10: David Lewis, Vanderbilt University

CSDI aims to foster an engaging intellectual environment to explore how political institutions shape political debate, ameliorate conflicts, and influence public policy.

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NYT -In an analysis of the upcoming British general election, Paul Krugman draws on research by Larry Bartels ( to support the claim that voters' "short memories" provide "little or no political reward for good policy."

Tennessean -  Reports "Vanderbilt receives $1M grant to combat child labor." The $1M grant was awarded to CSDI Affiliate Cecilia Mo from the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Washington Post - Larry Bartels asks "Can 'conservative principles' boost working-class incomes?"

Washington Post - Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden outline "The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Legislators."

Tennessean - Latest Vanderbilt Poll showcases Tennesseans' views on abortion, Common Core and Medicaid Expansion

NYT - Larry Bartels has documented that the rich have about three times as much influence as the poor on votes in the United States Senate.

VoxWhy the Israel-Palestine conversation is so polarized -  A 2006 study by Larry Bartels and Chris Achen (Princeton) is referenced. 

Vanderbilt News In 2013, Seigenthaler and author David Maraniss co-led a conversation at the First Amendment Center about the Gettysburg Address to mark its 150th anniversary...

Washington Post  - U.S. presidential election results, for example, can be remarkably and accurately predicted by economic growth preceding the election...

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