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 Eleanor Neff Powell . Faculty and graduate students wishing to present at the workshop should send an email to graduate student coordinator March Shieh at

Below is the academic year 2019–20 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 2019–20 APW Schedule

Spring 2020

  • January 27 — Levi Bankston (UW–Madison), “Demystifying Data: Campaign Data and Their Effects on Political Participation”, Discussant: Blake Reynolds

  • February 3 — Julia Azari (Marquette University), “Weak Parties, Strong Partisanship”, Discussant: Elizabeth Sawyer

  • February 10 — Rochelle Snyder (UW–Madison), “Constituent-Legislator Contact in the U.S. Congress since 1978”, Discussant: Levi Bankston

  • February 17 — Mike DeCrescenzo (UW–Madison), “Do Primaries Work? Nomination Politics and the Representation of Local Partisan Preferences”, Discussant: Devin Judge-Lord

  • February 24 — Kathleen Dolan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), “Asking the Right Questions: A Framework to Develop Gender-Balanced Knowledge Batteries”, Discussant: Jordan Hsu

  • March 2 — Zac Peskowitz (Emory University), “Political Advertising Online and Offline”, Joint with the Political Economy Colloquium

  • March 9 — David Redlawsk (University of Delaware), “The Effects of Politician’s Moral Violations on Voters’ Moral Emotions ”, Joint with UniverCity Alliance, Discussant: Sam Schutt

  • March 23 — Elizabeth Sawyer (UW–Madison), “Acceptance, Negotiation, Sabotage – The Choices of Losing Presidential Nominees”, Discussant: Marcy Shieh

  • April 13 — Marcy Shieh (UW–Madison), “Ideological Disarray on the U.S. Federal and State Courts”, Discussant: Kyler Hudson

  • April 27 — Kennia Coronado (UW–Madison), “Latinos and Presidential Elections in the Age of ICE: Movilizando la Participación Política”, Discussant: Sabrina Roof

Fall 2019

  • September 9 — Organizational Meeting

  • September 16 — Gisela Sin (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), “The Disempowered Executive: Reconsidering the Line Item Veto in the US States”, Discussant: Marcy Shieh

  • September 23 — Kathy Cramer (UW–Madison), “The Lessons of Vietnam: Social Identity, the Vietnam War, and Contemporary Political Divides”, Discussant: Matt Shor

  • September 30 — Susan Yackee (UW–Madison), “American State Administrator Project (ASAP), 1964-2018”

  • October 16 (WEDNESDAY) — Jamila Michener (Cornell University), “Race, Class, and Civil Legal Inequality: Mapping the Policy Landscape”, Discussant: Kennia Coronado

  • October 21 — Michelle Torres (Rice University), “Framing a Protest: Determinants and Effects of Visual Frames”, Discussant: Devin Judge-Lord

  • October 28 — Kevin Banda (Texas Tech University), “How Partisanship Conditions the Effects of Hostile Sexism and Racial Resentment on Voting Behavior and Candidate Evaluations”, Discussant: Sam Schutt

  • November 4 — Tabitha Bonilla (Northwestern University), “It is not Just the Message, It is the Messenger: Source Cues and the Unequal Application of Social Norms among White and Black Americans”, Discussant: Levi Bankston

  • November 18 — Kathryn Pearson (University of Minnesota Twin Cities), “Gendered Partisanship and the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues”, Discussant: Rochelle Snyder

  • November 25 — Eric Dickson (New York University), “Communication About Identity And Its Political Consequences”, Discussant: Chagai Weiss