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Invited Lecturers

Professor Jason Roberts, UNC Chapel Hill, presented research from his project, “Interpersonal Relationships and Legislative Behavior.”


Do relationships between members affect legislative action in Congress? The extant literature on Congress suggests inter-personal dimensions of life on Capitol Hill should play a minimal role in the legislative process. However,  many contemporary accounts of congressional deal-making highlight the role of personal relationships. The goal of this project is to understand when, how, and under what circumstances, the nature of inter-personal relationships among lawmakers in Washington can affect legislative behavior and action. Drawing on interviews with high-level congressional staff,  data on CODEL trips taken by members of Congress, and the fallout from the events of January 6, 2021 we assess how the nature of relationships affect collaboration and cooperation on Capitol Hill.



Professor Matt Grossman, Michigan State University, presented from his most recent book "Polarized by Degrees:  How the Diploma Divide and the Culture War Transformed American Politics".



In Polarized by Degrees, Matt Grossmann and David A. Hopkins trace the development of the
diploma divide from the increasing global importance of education to its unique path through the
American two-party system. Uniquely, the book argues that liberal and technocratic ideas are
winning the long-term battle, transforming the government, non-profit and private sectors—but not
without stimulating major backlash. As educational attainment has risen (and become increasingly
tied to economic success), it has been associated with the expansion of expert-led policymaking in
the United States. Rather than breeding social consensus, the increasing power of education—and
the educated—in American life has brought new popular skepticism of meritocracy, fueling
conservative distrust of cultural elites and the institutions they are perceived to dominate.

Constitution Day Celebration



High-Impact Learning Opportunities

Indiana State House Tour for Undergraduate Students
October, 2023



Anthony Fowler, Professor, University of Chicago, March 2023: “Do Primary Elections Exacerbate Congressional Polarization?”

JB Duck-Mayr, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, January 2023: “Courting Controversy: Reasons for Judicial Ideologues to Moderate”

Rachel Porter, Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, October 2022: “Reevaluating Experience in Congressional Primary Elections”

Adam Zelizer, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, October 2022: “How Long-Lasting is Legislative Persuasion”

Mini-Conference: “Does the Supreme Court Respond to Public Opinion?” August 2022