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FALL 2015

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

August 28:  Gerald Wright, Indiana University, CSDI Senior Visiting Professor

September 4:  NO SEMINAR- ASPA

September 11: Nara Pavão, CSDI Postdoctoral Fellow

September 18: Melinda Ritchie, CSDI Postdoctoral Fellow

Septemver 25: Sarah Anzia, University of California, Berkeley

October 2:  Kenneth Scheve, Stanford

October 9:  Larry Bartels, Vanderbilt University


October 23: Josh Murray, Vanderbilt and Jennifer Heerwig, Stony Brook

October 30 -TBD

November 6-TBD

November 13-TBD

November 20-TBD


Decmber 4-TBD

Decmber 11-TBD


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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Upcoming Events

10/9/15-CSDI Lunch Seminar - Larry Bartels - Vanderbilt University

10/23/15-CSDI Lunch Seminar - Joshua Murray, Vanderbilt & Jennifer Heerwig, Stony Brook University

11/13/15-CSDI Lunch Seminar - Leo Arriola, University of California, Berkeley

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Latest Research



6/30/15 CSDI Working Paper 2015-2 titled "Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Regulatory Personnel Turnover" has been released. The paper is authored by Kathleen M. Doherty, David E. Lewis and Scott Limbocker.

4/1/15 CSDI Working Paper 2015-1 titled"Incorporating Legislative Effectiveness into Nonmarket Strategy: The Case of Financial Services Reform and the Great Recession"has been released. The paper is authored by Craig Volden and CSDI Affiliate Alan E. Wiseman.

12/19/14 CSDI Working Paper 2014-7 titled ''Spatial Models of Legislative Effectiveness''has been released. The paper is authored by Matthew P. HittCraig Volden, and CSDI Affiliate Alan E. Wiseman.

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Media Spotlight - 8/19/15 - CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, graduate affiliate Carrie Roush, and Dr. John Lapinski, Director of the Elections Unit at NBC news take a closer look at Trump supporters.

Washington Post - 8/3/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis and graduate affiliate Mark Richardson's Survey on the Future of Government Service is examined - 7/22/15 - CSDI Co-director John Geer is quoted in an article about Donald Trump's participation in the upcoming republican presidential debate in Cleveland.

The Fiscal Times - 7/20/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis is quoted in an article about Jeb Bush's plan to reduce the federal workforce.

Newsweek -7/17/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis discusses "How to Keep Good People Working in Government."

Tennessean - 7/10/15 - CSDI Co-Directors Joshua Clinton and John Geer Op-Ed, "Beware of Internal Polls to Name Nashville's Next Mayor


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The Center for the Study of
Democratic Institutions
Vanderbilt University
PMB 505
230 Appleton Place
Nashville TN 37203

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Phone: 615.875.6954
Fax: 615.343.6003