The UW-Madison American Politics Workshop is a multidisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students that meets on select Mondays at noon in 422 North Hall to discuss new and ongoing research projects in American Politics. A typical workshop meeting will include a presentation, discussant comments, and approximately 45 minutes of general discussion. Papers are posted online for reading one week prior to the meeting. The faculty director of APW this year is Barry Burden . Faculty and graduate students wishing to present at the workshop should send an email to graduate student coordinator Christopher Krewson at

Below is the academic year 2017–18 APW schedule. Please consider this a working document because papers and new workshop dates will be added throughout the year.

The American Politics Workshop is grateful for the generosity of the gifts of Department alumni and friends that supports the workshop’s programming.

AY 2017–18 APW Schedule

Spring 2018

  • January 29 — Ian Turner (Yale University), “Reviewing Procedure vs. Judging Substance: The Scope of Review and Bureaucratic Policymaking”, Joint with Comparative Politics Colloquium and Political Economy Colloquium

  • February 5 — Byron Shafer retirement event---American Politics as a Single Case: The American Political Pattern

  • February 12 — Philip Rocco (Marquette University), “Quality as Quantity: Medicare Reform and the Quiet Politics of Measurement ”, Discussant: Rochelle Synder

  • February 19 — Ryan Owens (UW–Madison), “Empirically Identifying Mental Decrepitude on the United States Supreme Court ”

  • February 26 — Devin Judge-Lord (UW–Madison)

  • March 12 — Eric Oliver (Chicago), Discussant: Levi Bankston

  • March 19 — Jeffery Mondak (University of Illinois), Discussant: Matt Shor

  • April 16 — Elizabeth Sawyer (UW–Madison)

  • April 23 — Lawrence Rothenberg (University of Rochester), Discussant: Christopher Krewson

  • April 30 — Jordan Hsu (UW–Madison)

Fall 2017