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 2018–19 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 2018–19 APW Schedule

Fall 2018

  • September 10 — Organizational Meeting

  • September 17 — Eleanor Powell (UW–Madison), “How Legislators Actually Invest Their Time”, Discussant: Levi Bankston

  • September 24 — Amber Wichowsky (Marquette), “Why Americans Would Rather Look Down: Growing Economic Anxiety”, Discussant: Elizabeth Sawyer

  • October 1 — Daniel Walters (UW–Madison), “The Self-Delegation False Alarm: Analyzing Auer Deference‚Äôs Effects on Agency Rules”

  • October 8 — NSF Workshop, Joint with the International Relations Colloquium and Comparative Politics Colloquium

  • October 15 — Byron Shafer (UW–Madison), “Social Welfare and Social Class: The Instantiation of Partisan Alignments”

  • October 22 — No workshop this day

  • October 29 — Internal Speaker: TBA

  • November 5 — Paul Goren (University of Minnesota), Discussant: Monica Busch

  • November 12 — No workshop this day

  • November 19 — Michael Ting (Columbia), Joint with the Political Economy Colloquium

  • November 26 — Devin Judge-Lord (UW–Madison), Discussant: Michael DeCrescenzo

  • December 3 — No workshop this day

  • December 10 — Ryan Owens (UW–Madison), Discussant: Marcy Shieh

Spring 2019

  • January 28 — Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Columbia), Discussant: Jordan Hsu

  • February 4 — No workshop this day

  • February 5 (TUESDAY) — Matthew Blackwell (Harvard), Joint with the International Relations Colloquium

  • February 11 — Sarah Treul (UNC-Chapel Hill), Discussant: Devin Judge-Lord

  • February 18 — Gisela Sin (University of Illinois), Discussant: TBD

  • February 25 — Jordan Hsu (UW–Madison), Discussant: Monica Busch

  • March 4 — Rochelle Snyder (UW–Madison), Discussant: Matthew Shor

  • March 11 — Andrew Reeves (Washington University in St. Louis), Discussant: Michael DeCrescenzo

  • March 18 — Spring break

  • March 25 — Elizabeth Sawyer (UW–Madison), Discussant: TBD

  • April 1 — Daniel Hopkins (University of Pennsylvania), Discussant: Kennia Coronado

  • April 8 — No workshop this day

  • April 15 — Matthew Shor (UW–Madison), Discussant: Marcy Shieh

  • April 22 — Kathryn Pearson (University of Minnesota), Discussant: Rochelle Snyder

  • April 29 — David Doherty (Loyola University - Chicago), Discussant: Levi Bankston