Departmental Events


FRIDAY, APRIL 15th, 11:30am, OldH 538

The end of year meeting and annual elections of the Political Science Graduate Student Association will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, in OLD538. Please join us for a discussion of this academic year and suggestions for next year as well as electing new officers for 2011-2012. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for one of the above offices and attending the meeting to vote. For more information contact Amanda Balzer.

Positions Include:
Events/Social Coordinator

Blog/Communications Coordinator

Representative to campus GSA

Representative to the Faculty.



“Beyond the Left/Right Divide: Citizen Ideologies in Modern American Politics”

 THURSDAY, APRIL 21 – Graduate Student Meeting: 4-5pm, OldH 516

 FRIDAY, APRIL 22 – Research Luncheon: 11:30am-1pm, OldH 538

 At the research luncheon, Dr. Edward Carmines  will present research which focuses on different ideological outlooks in the mass public and how they relate to the increasingly ideological polarization of partisan elites. Edward G. Carmines is Warner O. Chapman Professor of Political Science and Rudy Professor at Indiana University. He is also the director of the Center on American Politics and the research director at the Center on Congress at Indiana University. His research focuses on American politics, especially elections, public opinion, and political behavior (Full bio below).


 If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Carmines, a schedule is available by the faculty mailboxes. Graduate students may sign up in pairs for individual meetings and contact Laura Roost ( if you need a room in which to meet. If you are a graduate student and have already had a meal with a speaker, place your name under the “wait list” section if you are signing up for a meal instead of an individual meeting.

FULL BIO: Edward G. Carmines is Warner O. Chapman Professor of Political Science and Rudy Professor at Indiana University. He is also the director of the Center on American Politics and the research director at the Center on Congress at Indiana University. His research focuses on American politics, especially elections, public opinion, and political behavior. He has published widely in the major journals in the discipline including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. He is the coauthor of seven books, two of which, Issue Evolution: Race and Transformation of American Politics, with James A. Stimson (Princeton University Press 1992), and Reaching beyond Race, with Paul M. Sniderman (Harvard University Press 1997), won the American Political Science Association’s Gladys M. Kammerer Award for best book in the field of U.S. national policy. Four of his papers presented at academic conferences have won outstanding paper awards, including the Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha Award, the Pi Sigma Alpha Award, and the Chastain Award.

Professor Carmines was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in 1998, a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2000-01, and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University in 2006-07. In 1987 he was awarded the AMOCO Award for Distinguished Teaching from Indiana University.

Professor Carmines is currently working on three major research projects, one with Michael Ensley and Michael Wagner that examines citizens’ ideology, attitudes and behavior in an environment of ideological partisan polarization, a second with Michael Wagner and Jessica Gerrity on public evaluations of Congress, and a third with J. Merrill Shanks, Henry Brady, and Douglas Strand focusing on the role of policy issues in national elections during the last decade.





February 4 (Friday), 11:30am-1:00pm, OldH 538

“The Resilient Party: How Party Networks Adapt to and Thrive Amidst Efforts to Destroy Them”

Dr. Seth Masket studies American political parties at the local, state and national level. His book No Middle Ground (University of Michigan, 2009) examines the alliance of activists, donors, and officeholders that today function as unofficial parties, helping their preferred candidates win nominations and preventing others from doing so. Dr. Masket has written on state legislatures, local party organizations, campaigns, term limits, redistricting, and open primaries and other reforms to the party nomination process. He teaches courses on campaigns, parties, film, and state and local politics.


March 11 (Friday), 11:30am-1:30pm (tentative), OldH 538

During this brownbag, graduate students may practice their MPSA presentations. Remember that all students who receive travel funding to attend MPSA (or any conference) MUST present their research to the department as well, so taking part in this practice session will facilitate the fulfillment of this requirement. We will try to conduct the session a bit differently this year. I will try to have the presentations split into American/Policy and IR/Comparative as much as possible. This way connected faculty may come to the most pertinent portion of the session if they are short on time. Let me know ASAP if you will need to present at this session (i.e. if you have funding from the department to attend a conference), or if you would like to present at this session (i.e. you are going to a conference without funding but still want colleague and faculty feedback).


April 21 (Thursday), 4:00-5:00pm, OldH516

Graduate Student Meeting with Dr. Carmines

April 22 (Friday), 11:30am-1:00pm, OldH 538

Research Luncheon


Rescheduling in process


Past Events

Benjamin Gregg Research Luncheon – January 21, 2011

PGSG January 2011 Business Meeting and Comprehensive Exam Discussion – Friday, January 14, 2011 

Leigh Payne Research Luncheon – Friday, December 3, 2010

Risk and Uncertainty Roadshow – Friday, November 12, 2010

Mariya Omelicheva Research Luncheon – Friday, September 17, 2010

Frederick Boehmke Research Luncheon – Friday, April 17

Graduate Student Brown Bag – Wednesday, March 11

Tim Hellwig Research Luncheon – Friday, February 27

John Vasquez Research Luncheon – Friday, January 30


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