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MoCSDI Faculty Affiliate Cecilia Hyunjung Mo's paper on the political identity of Asian Americans  is soon to appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Politics.

"Social Exclusion and Political Identity: The Case of Asian American Partisanship," co-authored by Cecilia Mo, Alexander Kuo and Neil Malhorta, was awarded APSA's 2015 Franklin L Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the previous year's annual meeting. "Why Asian Americans Don't Vote Republican," an op-ed written by Mo on this research appeared in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage, where it was one of the top 10 most read articles of the year. The story also ran in Fortune, Huffington Post, New Republic, Newsweek, Raw Story and The Conversation.


MPSA_AwardDoherty, Lewis, Limbocker Paper Wins MPSA'S Inaugural Kenneth J. Meier Award

Presented at the MPSA conference in April 2015, "Politics or Performance in Regulatory Personnel Turnover" by Kathleen Doherty, Dave Lewis and Scott Limbocker won MPSA"s inaugural Kenneth J. Meier Award for the best paper in bureaucratic politics, public administration or public policy.  The paper examined the turnover of agency contacts on major rules published from 1995 to 2013 finding evidence of turnover driven by presidential marginalization and strategic exit by bureaucrats.


Democracy For RealistsWhat do sharks have to do with Democracy? Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels explain

Are modern ideas of democracy fundamentally misguided? Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government by Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels examines the faults of current democratic logic that have lead the majority of people to make misinformed opinions about politics. As Achen and Bartels note, "politics is not often very cheery. But facing our problems honestly is the first step to doing something about them." In this spirit, the authors have taken time to explain their reasons for writing this book, what conventional ideas about democracy they oppose, the presidential primaries, and even shark attacks. Q&A


NBCCSDI Affiliate Marc Hetherington's Research on Authoritarianism is Getting a lot of Attention From the Mainstream Media as of Late.

In a piece published by Politico, The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You're a Trump Supporter" Hetherington's research was used to analyze the current presidential race.  The analysis revealed that individuals who score high on measures of authoritarianism are more likely to support Donald Trump for president. The article has been shared over 150,000 times. He is also quoted and his research is discussed extensively in a recent VOX article, "The rise of American authoritarianism" which asks "Why is the Republican electorate supporting a far-right populist with no real political experience? How has Donald Trump, seemingly out of nowhere, suddenly become so popular?" 


NBCCSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton and Graduate Affiliate Carolyn Roush Working With NBC News

Josh Clinton and Carolyn Roush along with University of Pennsylvania Professor John Lapinski are working with NBC News to help make sense of the 2016 Presidential race. Their latest contribution, "Where Sanders and Clinton are Dominating" was published on January 27, 2016.


Jerry WrightCSDI Welcomes Senior Visiting Professor     Gerald Wright

CSDI is pleased to welcome Senior Visiting Professor Jerry Wright. Professor Wright (Indiana University) will be in residence for the entire 15-16 academic year. His research centers on the linkages between citizens and their governments.  He is the author or co-author of four books, Electoral Choice in America (1974), Congress and Policy Change (1986), Statehouse Democracy (1993), and Keeping the Republic 2d edition (2003) as well as over forty articles and book chapters.  His current research is on legislative coalitions, elections and representation in a comparative study of the state legislatures and Congress.


PFVCSDI Welcomes 15-16 Postdoctoral Fellows Melinda Ritchie and Nara Pavão

CSDI is happy to announce that our 15-16 Postdoctoral Fellows have arrived to begin their appointments.

Melinda (Molly) Ritchie recently defended her dissertation at the University of Illinois. Her research examines how members of Congress engage with bureaucratic agencies on policy issues and promotes our understanding of how the relationships between legislators and the executive branch influence the formation and implementation of policy.

Nara Pavão was just granted her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Her academic interests primarily focus on corruption, public opinion and voting behavior - more specifically on their intersection with issues of democratic governance and electoral accountability.


PFVFernández-Vázquez has Paper Published

CSDI Postdoctoral Fellow Pablo Fernández-Vázquez and co-authors Pablo Barberá and Gonzalo Rivero's paper Rooting Out Corruption or Rooting For Corruption? The Heterogeneous Electoral Consequences of Scandals  will be published in the August 2015 issue of  Political Science Research and Methods. PSRM is the official journal of the European Political Science Association.


NPCLewis and Richardson Release Results of the Survey on the Future of Government Service at the National Press Club, Washington D.C

CSDI Co-Director David Lewis and Graduate Affiliate Mark Richardson released the results of the Survey on the Future of Government Service during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on July 16th. Read more


Wiseman Book Receives Top HonorsWiseman book

CSDI Faculty Affiliate Alan Wiseman and co-author Craig Volden have been awarded both the American Political Science Associations 2015 Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the year's best book on U.S. national policy as well as the  2015 Richard F. Fenno, Jr Prize which is awarded to the best book in legislative studies published in the previous year.They will receive the awards for their book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers at the annual APSA meeting in September.


Claire Abernathy Abernathy Successfully Defends Dissertation

CSDI Graduate Affiliate Claire Abernathy has successfully defended her dissertation, Legislative Correspondence Management Practices: Congressional Offices and the Treatment of Constituent Opinion.  Claire's research focuses on Congress and representation. In her dissertation, she gathered original data from surveys and interviews with congressional staffers to explore how members of Congress discern the policy preferences held by their constituents. This fall, she will join the Political Science program at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ as an Assistant Professor (tenure track).


Clinton New Editor-in- Chief of QJPSQJPS

CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton and Scott Ashworth were named editors-in-chief of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. QJPS is dedicated to the publication of research developing and testing the empirical implications of positive political theories.

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Bartels named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Larry Bartels, CSDI Co-director and May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science was named a Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Bartels is one of 31 fellows who comprise the inaugural class of the major annual scholarship program which provides support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Read more

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Wiseman discusses the Legislative Effectiveness Project on University of Chicago Radio Harris Podcast

CSDI faculty affiliate Alan Wiseman  recently returned from the University of Chicago,  Harris School of Public Policy where he visited the Center for Policy Entrepreneurship. While there he was featured on a University of Chicago Radio Harris podcast discussing the Legislative Effectiveness ProjectWiseman and his co-author Craig Volden have developed a systematic measure of the legislative effectiveness of members of Congress. The ratings can be found in their recent book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers, and on their website



John Geer, CSDI Co-director and Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science fielded Twitter questions on the 2015 Nashville Mayoral race in a live question and answer session hosted by Vanderbilt University. Read more 



CSDI Co-Director David Lewis received the Midwest Public Administration Caucus's Herbert Simon Award for significant contributions to the scientific study of bureaucracy. Lewis received the award at the Midwest Political Science Associations annual conference where he also delivered the Herbert Simon Lecture entitled "Ideology, Influence, and Personnel in the Executive Establishment." 



CSDI Co-Director David Lewis received the Madison Sarratt Prize For Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The prize rewards outstanding efforts in classroom presentation, concern for student learning, and clarity and fairness in the criteria used for awarding grades.

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CSDI Faculty Affiliate Cecilia Mo has received a $1 million grant from the US Department of Labor for her work testing the effects of mass media campaigns in Nepal and China on attitudes and behaviors regarding forced labor and child labor.

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CSDI faculty affiliate Alan Wiseman  received the 2014 Jeffrey Nordhaus Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Vanderbilt's College of Arts and Science.

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CSDI co-director Larry Bartels received the Warren E. Miller Prize at the 2014 APSA meeting. The Miller Prize recognizes and outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior Field.

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CSDI Postdoctoral Fellow, Steven Rogers was the recipient of the APSA 2014 William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or Intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. He was also the co-recipient  for the APSA Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award for "Accountability in a Federal System."