Washington DC

The Research Workshop in American Politics brings together faculty and graduate students in American politics to share their work in an informal setting. The seminar meets weekly and covers a broad range of topics in American politics. It is primarily a forum for the presentation and discussion of research in progress by graduate students at UC Berkeley. Students who take the workshop for credit as PS 291 will make at least one presentation of work-in-progress per semester and will serve as a discussant for another student or faculty member's presentation at least once per semester. There are also occasional presentations by invited speakers.

This seminar is closed to the public, and attendance is up to the professor’s discretion. For more information, contact Alexander Agadjanian (agadjanian [at] berkeley.edu) or Anna Weissman (anna_weissman [at] berkeley.edu). 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Title : Dark Money and Voter Learning Abstract : We provide a model of dark money in elections. A donor with extreme preferences relative to the voter is privately informed about the policy preferences and valence of a candidate for office. Advertisements reveal hard information about valence and the voter can learn this...

Past Events

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Title : The Costs of Employment Segregation: Evidence from the Federal Government under Woodrow Wilson Abstract : We link newly-digitized personnel records of the U.S. government for 1907-1921 to census data to study the segregation of the civil service by race under President Woodrow Wilson. Using a difference-in-...
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Title : Understanding the Success of the Know-Nothing Party Abstract : We study the contribution of economic conditions to the success of the first avowedly nativist political party in the United States. The Know-Nothing Party gained control of a number of state governments in the 1854-1856 elections running on a staunchly...
Flyer for "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multi-Party Democracy in America"
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Title: Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America Abstract: American democracy is at an impasse. After years of zero-sum partisan trench warfare, our political institutions are deteriorating. Our norms are collapsing. Democrats and Republicans no longer merely argue; they cut off contact...
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Title: Decisionmaking in Street-Level Bureaucracies: Evidence from Residential Burglary Investigations Abstract: In the face of excess service demand and little direct supervision, how do streetlevel bureaucrats decide which clients receive thorough services, and which receive the minimum required? Efforts to answer this...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Title: Resistance and the Rule of Law Abstract: Both preceding and following the American Revolution, 18th century America saw repeated outbreaks of violent protests, called regulator conflicts, directed by small-scale farmers against local colonial and (later) state or federal elites. Yet, after about 1800, these...
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Title: Before Reagan: The Development of the Partisan Divide on Abortion Abstract: What explains the alignment of anti-abortion positions within the Republican party? I explore this development among voters, activists and elites before 1980. By 1969-1970, anti-abortion attitudes among ordinary voters correlated with...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Political parties around the world use varying methods to recruit activists, select candidates, and allocate resources. But our knowledge about how these rules impact voting behavior is limited. This paper presents a spatial model examining how party institutions shape party, candidate positions, and electoral success. In...