PAST EVENTS

#Fallforthebook “Election Talk with William Schneider, Scott Keeter, Matthew Dallek and Jack Censer”
Part of the Fall for the Book series at George Mason Univeristy.
Research Hall Room 163, George Mason University
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm ” http://fallforthebook.org/2016/08/09/bill-schneider/

“Public Policymaking by Private Organizations”
Join us for a talk and reception to recognize this new great book by Cathy Rudder, A. Lee Fritschler, and Yon Jung Choi, “Public Policymaking by Private Organizations.”

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Rome Building, Rome Auditorium (1st Floor)
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036RSVP here https://apsa.wufoo.com/forms/book-talk-and-reception-rsvp/This event is co-hosted by NCAPSA, Brookings Institution, and the American Political Science Association.Event link: https://www.brookings.edu/…/public-policymaking-by-private…/

Library of Congress and US Holocaust Memorial Museum
“Reserach Sprint”
October 6
The Library of Congress and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum invites you join a “research sprint” on October 6, 4:00-7:00pm. It is intended to introduce local professors to the History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust, as well as to the Library of Congress newspaper and current periodical reading room. If you want to participate, please RSVP using the link provided. https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSd5qdSrql55C09w3B…/viewform

NCAPSA Annual Business Meeting
Election of Officers & Presentation of Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award
APSA Headquarters
Washington, D.C.
Monday, September 12
12pm

 

Congressional Fellows Reception
Cosponsored with the American Political Science Association
August 3, 2016
SAIS Rome Building
Washington, D.C.

NCAPSA members, APSA staff, and this year’s congressional fellows met for a casual afternoon happy hour to celebrate the summer and the conclusion of the year’s fellowships.

American Politics Workshop
June 8, 2016, 10am-3:30pm
APSA Headquarters
Washington, D.C.

An American politics paper workshop (hosted for the first time at APSA/NCAPSA HQ) featuring the following papers:  Jennifer Lawless (American) and Sean Theriault (UT-Austin), “Mean Girls (and Boys)? Sex, Collegiality, and Cooperation in the U.S. Congress”; Samantha Guthrie (American), “This Used to Be My Playground: The Effect of Previous Legislative Experience on Gubernatorial Success”; Antoine Banks (Maryland), Ismail White (George Washington), and Brian McKenzie (Maryland), “Insurgency or Mainstream Politics: How Emotions Influence the Strategies Blacks Pursue to Reduce Racial Inequality”; and John Sides (George Washington), Michael Tesler (UC-Irvine), and Lynn Vavreck (UCLA): The Electoral Landscape of 2016″.

DC IR Paper Workshop
May 25, 2016, 11am
Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

An IR paper workshop (co-hosted for the first time by NCAPSA) featuring the following papers:  Martha Finnemore (GWU) (with Duncan Hollis (Temple Law School)), “Constructing Cybersecurity Norms”; Tom Flores (George Mason) (with Irfan Nooruddin (Georgetown) and Gabriella Lloyd (Ohio State)), “The Technocratic Advantage: Leadership and Sovereign Ratings”; and David Cunningham (University of Maryland) (with Kyle Beardsley (Duke) and Peter White (University of Maryland)), “Diplomacy, Peacekeeping, and the Severity of Civil War”.

Gridlock and Polarization in American Politics
Panel discussion on American Gridlock by James Thurber and Antoine Yoshinaka (editors)
Cosponsored with the Bipartisan Policy Center
May 6, 2016, 9:30am
Bipartisan Policy Center
Washington, D.C.

NCAPSA and the Bipartisan Policy Center co-hosted a panel discussion of the book American Gridlock, an collection of essays on polarization edited by James Thurber and Antoine Yoshinaka.  The panel included Whit Ayers, David Karol, Jennifer Lawless, James Thurber, and Jennifer Nicoll Victor.

Barack Obama and Executive Power:  Has the President Exceeded His Bounds?
Cosponsored with the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
April 6, 2016, 12:00pm-2:30pm
Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge, American University

NCAPSA and CCPS cosponsored a panel discussion on the use of executive power by the Obama Administration. The panel featured Louis Fisher, Shirley Anne Warshaw, and Jeffrey Crouch and was moderated by James Thurber.

Graduate Student Political Theory Workshop
March 18, 2016, 10am-4:15pm
Catholic University of America

Graduate students from universities in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia presented their research and received feedback from faculty at the first ever NCAPSA political theory workshop, held at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  The event was cosponsored by the Department of Politics at Catholic University.

American Politics Workshop
January 5, 2016, 10am-3:30pm
George Washington University

An American politics paper workshop featuring the following papers:  Matthew Green (Catholic) and Doug Harris (Loyola Baltimore), “Michel v. Vander Jagt:  Explaining Vote Choice in the 1980 Election for House Minority Leader”; Lilliana Mason (Maryland) and Nicholas Davis (LSU),”Which Identity Politics? Using Socio-Partisan Sorting To Predict American Polarization”; Rachel Augustine Potter (UVA), “Dropping the (Final Rule) Bomb: Political Oversight and the Timing of Agency Rulemaking”; and Jordan Tama (American), “The Domestic and International Drivers of Congressional Action on Foreign Policy Sanctions.”

Ballot Battles:  What Our History of
Election Disputes Can Teach Us
December 7, 2015
The Bipartisan Policy Center

NCAPSA and the Bipartisan Policy Center cosponsored a discussion of the history of contested elections in the United States, featuring Ned Foley, author of the book Ballot Battles.  Foley was joined on the panel by Robert Bauer, chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, and the discussion was moderated by John Fortier (BPC) and Matthew Green (NCAPSA).

Congressional Fellows Reception
Cosponsored with the American Political Science Association
December 4, 2015
APSA Headquarters

NCAPSA members, APSA staff, and this year’s congressional fellows met for a casual afternoon happy hour at APSA headquarters to celebrate the end of the week.

NCAPSA Annual Business Meeting
Election of Officers & Presentation of Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award
September 15, 2015
APSA Headquarters

Jeffrey Biggs was presented with the 2015 Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award, which honors extraordinary accomplishments in political science and public service.  Mr. Biggs served for many years as an aide to Rep. Tom Foley (D-WA) when Foley was majority leader and Speaker of the House of Representatives, and later served as director of the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program from 1997 until 2014.

Political Polarization: Finding Solutions
Monday, June 22, 2015, 10:00-11:30 am

NCAPSA and the Bipartisan Policy Center cohosted a discussion on polarization in our political system with Nathaniel Persily, editor of Solutions to Political Polarization in America, and various contributors to the book. It was moderated by John Fortier, director of BPC’s Democracy Project, and Matthew Green, associate professor of politics at Catholic University and incoming president of NCAPSA.

NCAPSA American Politics Workshop
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 10:00 am-3:30 pm
University of Maryland

An American politics paper workshop featuring the following papers:  Matthew Wright (American), Morris Levy (USC), and Jack Citrin (Berkeley), “American Public Opinion on a Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants”; Michele Margolis (Penn), “Rethinking the Relationship between Religion and Politics: A Test of the Life Cycle Theory”; Jared McDonald (Maryland), Zachary Scott (Maryland), and Michael Hanmer (Maryland), “Honesty Pledges, Turnout, and Overreporting”; and Ben Gruenbaum, “How Elections and Parties Influence Legislative Effectiveness.”

The Evolving Congress
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:30-11:00 am
National Press Club

NCAPSA and the Bipartisan Policy Center presented a roundtable discussion of “The Evolving Congress,” a landmark report by the Congressional Research Service. Panelists included Colleen Shogan and John Haskell, Congressional Research Service; Sarah Binder, George Washington University and the Brookings Institute; and Don Wolfensberger, Woodrow Wilson Center and Bipartisan Policy Center.  It was moderated by John Fortier from the Bipartisan Policy Center and John Sides of George Washington University and NCAPSA.

Insurgency in the Middle East and Its Threat to the United States
Monday, April 27, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs

Two panels met to discuss civil war, insurgency, and terrorism in the Middle East and the threat to the U.S. and Europe from returning Jihadists.  Panelists included Jon B. Alterman, Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, Associate Professor, University of Maryland; Dafna H. Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security; Joseph K. Young, Associate Professor, American University; Tricia Bacon, Professorial Lecturer, American University; Dorle Hellmuth, Assistant Professor, Catholic University; and Christopher A. Kojm, Visiting Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, GWU.

NCAPSA American Politics Workshop
January 5, 2015, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
American University, Ward Circle Building 102

An American politics paper workshop featuring the following papers:  Ryan Vander Wielen (Temple), Rene Lindstadt (Essex), and Matthew Green (Catholic), “Diffusion in Congress: Social Dynamics of Discharge Petitions”; Gail Baitinger (American), “If It’s Sunday, It’s Meet the Men: Explaining Women’s Numeric Under-Representation in the News”; Julie Wronski (George Washington), “Authoritarianism and Social Identity Sorting: Exploring the Sources of American Mass Partisanship”; and Boris Shor (Georgetown), Nolan McCarty (Princeton), Jonathan Rodden (Stanford), Chris Tausanovitch (UCLA), and Christopher Warshaw (MIT), “Geography, Uncertainty, and Polarization”.

Midterm Election Roundtable
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:30-9:00 pm
Marvin Center Amphitheater, George Washington University

A panel discussion of the possible outcome of the impending midterm elections.  Panelists included Nate Cohn (New York Times), Sean Theriault (University of Texas), Karen Tumulty (Washington Post), and David Wasserman (Cook Political Report).  The panel was moderated by John Sides, NCAPSA President and George Washington University.

NCAPSA Annual Business Meeting
Election of Officers & Presentation of Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award
Friday, September 5, 2014, 12-1 pm
APSA Headquarters

George Kundanis was presented with the 2014 Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award, which honors extraordinary accomplishments in political science and public service.  Mr. Kundanis, who holds a Ph. D in political science from the University of Wisconsin, has served the U.S. Congress for 37 years, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

NCAPSA American Politics Workshop
June 4, 2014
George Washington University

An American politics paper workshop featuring the following papers: Leticia Bode (Georgetown), David Lassen (Wisconsin), Young Mie Kim (Wisconsin), Dhavan Shah (Wisconsin), Erika Franklin Fowler (Wesleyan), Travis N. Ridout (Washington State), and Michael Franz (Bowdoin), “Social and Broadcast Media in 2010 Midterms: The Expanding Repertoire of Senate Candidates’ Campaign Strategies”; Matthew Green (Catholic), “The Fraying Cartel: Explaining Defections and Disunity in the House Republican Conference”; Nathan Kalmoe (George Washington), “Wisconsin’s Ballots and Bullets: Voting and Violence in the Civil War Era”; and Alyx Mark (George Washington), “Beyond Remedy: Does Civil Legal Assistance Matter for Democratic Governance?”.

Library of Congress Tour

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

NCAPSA members were given a private guided tour of the Jefferson Building and a special viewing of Herblock cartoons in the Library’s collection, followed by a wine and cheese reception at the Congressional Research Service Conference Room.

Roundtable Discussion of Hans Noel’s book, Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America.
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 4:00 pm-5:45 pm
McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University

Panelists in the discussion included Jonathan Ladd (Georgetown), Matt Yglesias (Vox.com), Tom Mann (Brookings Institution), John Sides (GW and Washington Post), Kristina Miler (Univ of Maryland-College Park), and Hans Noel (Georgetown).

NCAPSA American Politics Workshop
January 7, 2014
George Washington University

An American politics paper workshop featuring the following papers:  Elizabeth Rigby (George Washington) and Julia Lynch (Penn), “Who Cares if the Bucket Leaks? Efficiency Concerns and Support for Redistributive Policy among the American Public”; David Ericson (George Mason), “The United States Military, Slavery, and State-building in the Early Republic”; Danny Hayes (George Washington) and Jennifer Lawless (American), “A Non-Gendered Lens: The Absence of Stereotyping in Contemporary U.S. House Elections”; and Emily Thorson (George Washington), “Some of My Best Friends Are Poor? Income Misperceptions and Policy Attitudes.”

 

NCAPSA Annual Business Meeting
Election of Officers & Presentation of Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Noon-1:00 pm
APSA Headquarters

Congress & the President at War: Checks or Imbalance?
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9-10 am
Wilson Center

The keynote address was delivered by Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), vice chairman, House Armed Services Committee.  Panelists included Stephen M. Griffin, Tulane University, author, The Long Wars and the Constitution; Robert Litwak, Vice-President for Scholars, Wilson Center; and Don Wolfensberger, President of NCAPSA.

NCAPSA American Politics Workshop
Monday, June 3, 2013, 10 am to 3:30 pm
University of Maryland, College Park

An American politics paper workshop featuring the following papers:  Antonio Rodriguez (Maryland) and Stella Rouse (Maryland), “Look Who’s Talking Now (About Immigration)! How Social Networks Enhance Latino Political Participation”; Antoine Yoshinaka (American) and Seth McKee (South Florida, St. Petersburg), “The Political Ambition and Electoral Performance of Southern Legislative Party Switchers”; David Konisky (Georgetown), Jamie Monogan (Georgia), and Neal Woods (South Carolina), “Strategic Placement of Air Polluters: An Application of Point Pattern Models”; and Danny Hayes (George Washington) and Matt Guardino (Providence), “The Power of Foreign Voices and the Limits of Partisan Cue-Taking: U.S. Public Opinion about Military Action against Iran.”

Book Launch for The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:00-6:00 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center

A discussion of The Gingrich Senators by author Sean Theriault (University of Texas) and moderated by Donald R. Wolfensberger, President, NCAPSA & Senior Scholar, Wilson Center.

Filibuster Reform 2013: What Happened?
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 9 am – 10:30 am
Bipartisan Policy Center

A panel discussion of the recent deal to prevent a “nuclear” or “constitutional” option that would force a change in filibuster rules by simple majority vote instead of the two-thirds vote required to end debate on rules changes.  Watch the video from this event.

NCAPSA American Politics Workshop
January 7, 2013, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
American University

An American politics paper workshop featuring the following papers:  Jennifer Victor (George Mason) and Greg Koger (Miami), “Financing Friends: Legislators, Lobbyists, and the Pervasive Influence of Campaign Finance”; Jim Gimpel (Maryland), Frances Lee (Maryland), and Mike Parrott (Maryland), “Business Interests and the Party Coalitions: Industry Sector Contributions to U.S. Congressional Campaigns”; Daniel Schlozman (Johns Hopkins), “The Making of Partisan Majorities: Political Parties, Social Movements, and Electoral Change”; and David Karol (Maryland), “Forcing Their Hands? Campaign Finance Law, Retirement Announcements and the Rise of the Permanent Campaign in Congressional Elections.”

NCAPSA Annual Business Meeting
Election of Officers & Presentation of Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 12:00 pm
APSA Headquarters, 1537 New Hampshire Avenue NW

I. M. ‘Mac’ Destler was awarded the 2012 Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award. Dr. Destler is the Saul Stern Professor of Civic Engagement in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and specializes in the politics and processes of U.S. foreign and trade policymaking.

Panel Discussion of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism
Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 3:30-5:00 pm
University of California Center

A panel discussion of the book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, a critical analysis of the politics of Congress by Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein.  Panelists included Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institution; David Karol, University of Maryland; and Matthew Green, Catholic University, moderated by Frances Lee, President of NCAPSA.

Congress’s Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?
(cosponsored by The Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, and NCAPSA)

The panel explored the current role of the US Congress in foreign policy from a historical perspective and looked ahead to 21st century challenges.  Panelists included former congressman Richard Gephardt (D-MO), president & CEO, Gephardt Government Affairs; former senator John E. Sununu (R-NH), senior policy advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; James M. Lindsay, senior vice president, the Council on Foreign Relations; and Gail Russell Chaddock, staff writer, The Christian Science Monitor.  It was moderated by Don Wolfensberger, director, The Congress Project.

Panel Discussion of Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House
June 7, 2011

Mr. Kenneth Walsh, former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, spoke about his recently published book, Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House. The book examines racial attitudes and policies from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Book Discussion: Solving the Reemployment Puzzle: From Research to Policy
May 26, 2011

Dr. Stephen Wandner, a former senior economist at the US Department of Labor, spoke about Solving the Reemployment Puzzle: From Research to Policy, which won the 2010 Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations from the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. The book provides an insider’s perspective into both the Clinton and Bush administrations’ policies toward joblessness and reemployment, and the social science behind them.