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

Spring 2019

  • January 28 — Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Columbia), “Bread and Butter or Bread and Roses? Experimental Evidence on Why Public Sector Employees Support Unions”, Discussant: Jordan Hsu

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

  • February 11 — Sarah Treul (UNC-Chapel Hill), “The Increasing Value of Inexperience in Congressional Primaries”, Discussant: Devin Judge-Lord

  • February 25 — Jordan Hsu (UW–Madison), “The Party Room: Political Relationships and Legislative Success in the House of Representatives”, Discussant: Blake Reynolds

  • March 4 — Rochelle Snyder (UW–Madison), “Constitutive Voices: Constituent Service and Representation in the United States Congress”, Discussant: Matthew Shor

  • March 11 — Andrew Reeves (Washington University in St. Louis), “Pass the Buck or the Buck Stops Here? The Effectiveness of Claiming and Deflecting Blame by Elected Executives”, Discussant: Michael DeCrescenzo

  • March 18 — Spring break

  • March 25 — Elizabeth Sawyer (UW–Madison), “How the Sausage Gets Made: Constitutions, Rules, and Party Conflict in State Legislatures”, Discussant: Monica Busch

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

  • April 8 — Devin Judge-Lord (UW–Madison), Discussant: Michael DeCrescenzo

  • April 15 — Matthew Shor (UW–Madison), Discussant: Samuel Schutt

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

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

Fall 2018