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

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 14 — No workshop this day

  • 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), Discussant: Devin Judge-Lord

  • October 28 — Kevin Banda (Texas Tech University), Discussant: Sam Schutt

  • November 4 — Tabitha Bonilla (Northwestern University), Discussant: Levi Bankston

  • November 11 — No workshop this day

  • November 18 — Kathryn Pearson (University of Minnesota Twin Cities), Discussant: Rochelle Snyder

  • November 25 — Eric Dickson (New York University), Discussant: Chagai Weiss

  • December 2 — No workshop this day

  • December 9 — Jordan Hsu (UW–Madison), Discussant: Matt Shor

  • December 16 — No workshop this day

Spring 2020

  • January 27 — Levi Bankston (UW–Madison), Discussant: Blake Reynolds

  • February 3 — Julia Azari (Marquette University), Discussant: Elizabeth Sawyer

  • February 10 — Rochelle Snyder (UW–Madison), Discussant: TBD

  • February 17 — No workshop this day

  • February 24 — Kathleen Dolan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Discussant: Jordan Hsu

  • March 2 — Zac Peskowitz (Emory University), Joint with the Political Economy Colloquium

  • March 9 — Mike DeCrescenzo (UW–Madison), Discussant: TBD

  • March 23 — Elizabeth Sawyer (UW–Madison), Discussant: Sam Schutt

  • March 30 — Alexander Fouirnaies (University of Chicago), Joint with the Political Economy Colloquium

  • April 6 — Vesla Weaver (Johns Hopkins University), Discussant: Blake Reynolds

  • April 13 — Jonathan Rodden (Stanford University), Joint with the Comparative Politics Colloquium, Political Economy Colloquium, and UniverCity Alliance

  • April 20 — Marcy Shieh (UW–Madison), Discussant: TBD

  • April 27 — Kennia Coronado (UW–Madison), Discussant: TBD