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CSDI Is Now Accepting Applications for 2018-19 Visiting Scholars

CSDI is currently accepting applications for visiting scholars conducting research on political institutions, opinion or behavior during the 18-19 academic year. We are seeking up to four  Post-doctoral Scholars and up to two Senior Visiting Scholars. Priority will be given to applications received before January 15, 2018. For more information see the "Fellowship" tab above.

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CSDI affiliate Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden, University of Virginia Launch The Center For Effective Lawmaking

On September 26th, flanked by several present and former members of congress, Wiseman and Volden officially launched The Center For Effective Lawmaking. The Center, a joint initiative between the University of Virginia's Baten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Vanderbilt University, utilizes a data-driven approach to study the causes and consequences of each U.S. Representative's and Senator's ability to advance agenda items through the legislative process into law. The event included a news conference in which Wiseman and Volden revealed the highest-scoring members of Congress in the 114th Congress followed by a panel discussion with legislators describing what it takes to generate legislative accomplishments today.

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CSDI co-director Larry Bartels wins Vanderbilt's most prestigious faculty award

Bartels was awarded the Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research on August 24th during the Fall Faculty Assembly. "Larry is highly regarded as one of the world's foremost scholars of American democracy, " said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.  The award was accompanied by a cash prize of $10,000 and an engraved pewter julep cup.  Read more

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CSDI is well represented in the July 2017 edition of the American Journal of Political Science

The July 2017 American Journal of Political Science has 4 articles written by CSDI directors and affiliates. They include:  "Spatial Models of Legislative Effectiveness" co-written by Alan Wiseman, "To Revoke or Not Revoke? The Political Determinants of Executive Order Longevity" by Sharece Thrower,  "A House Divided? Roll Calls, Polarization, and Policy Differences in the U.S. House, 1877-2011 co-written by Josh Clinton and "Language, Shapes People's Time Perspective and Support for Future-Oriented Policies" co-written by Efren Perez.   

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Spring 2017 VU Poll released

CSDI co-directors Josh Clinton and John Geer released the findings of the most recent Vanderbilt poll to the media via conference call on May 30th. Over 1,004 registered voters in Tennessee were surveyed between May 4 through the 15th. The results revealed that although a majority of Tennesseans still approve of the job President Trump is doing they are much less optimistic about his ability to change Washington for the better..  Read more

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The 11th Edition of CSDI Director, Bruce Oppenheimer's book "Congress Reconsidered" has been released.

Lawrence Dodd and Bruce Oppenheimer released the first edition of "Congress Reconsidered" in 1977 and have consistently delivered the best contemporary work from leading congressional scholars in a form that is both analytical and accessible. "This edited volume is chock-full of thoughtful, empirically-minded essays by respected congressional scholars. It would be difficult to construct a text that is more effective than Dodd and Oppenheimer's in offering such accessible but serious treatments of contemporary issues in the U.S. Congress." Barry Burden University of Wisconsin-Madison.  As in previous editions close to 75% of the contributions in this volume are new and the remainder have been substantially revised.

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15th Vanderbilt Poll Released

CSDI co-directors Josh Clinton and John Geer released the findings of the most recent Vanderbilt poll at a press conference on December 8th. Read more

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CSDI Welcomes 16-17 Postdoctoral Fellows Douglas Ahler and Marika Csapo

CSDI is happy to announce that our 16-17 Postdoctoral Fellows have arrived to begin their appointments.

Douglas Ahler  recently earned his Ph.D.from  the University of California Berkeley. His research focuses on American politics, public opinion, representation, and political psychology. In the fall of 2017 he will head to Florida State University where he has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Political Science.

Marika Csapo was just granted her Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles. Her academic interests include local Brazilian politics, the politics of development, social policy and public services, health politics, and methods for dealing with non-exchangeable data in Bayesian data analysis.

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CSDI Faculty Affiliate Marc Hetherington's books win awards.

Marc Hetherington's book "Why Washington Won't Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the governing Crisis" co authored by Thomas Rudolph received the very prestigious Alexander L. George book award of the International Soceity of Political Psychology. Hetherington's previous book "Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics" co-written with Jonathan Weiler and released in 2009 received the American Political Science Association's Philip E. Converse Award for an outstanding book published at least five years ago.

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