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The National Capital Area Political Science Association

Officers 2013-14:
President: Colleen Shogan, Congressional Research Service
President-Elect: John Sides, The George Washington University 
Secretary-Treasurer: Steven Rathgeb Smith, American Political Science Association

Council:

2012-2014:
Matthew Green, Catholic University of America
Jonathan Ladd, Georgetown University
Frances Marquez, Gallaudet University

2013-2015:
Jordan Tama, The American University
Stella Rouse, University of Maryland
Jennifer Victor, George Mason University  

Membership: 2013-14 Membership Form

Contact Information:
NCAPSA
1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
[email protected]


PAST EVENTS

Hans Noel Book Roundtable Discussion

NCAPSA will be sponsoring a round-table discussion of Hans Noel's new book, Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America. Our panel will discuss the book for 10 minutes each. Then, Hans will take 10 minutes to respond. Following the presentations, the audeince is invited for a Q&A session. 

Panelists:
Jonathan Ladd (Georgetown, as the moderator)
Matt Yglesias (Vox.com)
Tom Mann (Brookings Institution)
John Sides (GW and Washington Post)
Kristina Miler (Univ of Maryland-College Park)
Hans Noel (Georgetown)

An NCAPSA-Wilson Center Seminar
Congress & the President at War: Checks or Imbalance?

Thurs., Aug. 1, 2013

9:00-10 a.m., Wilson Center, Fifth Floor Conference Room, 1300 Pa. Ave., NW.

Featuring: Keynote by Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), vice chairman, House Armed Services Committee

Panelists: Prof. Stephen M. Griffin, Tulane University, author, The Long Wars and the Constitution
Frances M. fragos Townsend, former White House Homeland Security Advisor (invited). 
Co-Moderators: Don Wolfensberger, president,  NCAPSA
Robert Litwak, vice president for scholars, Wilson Center

Rep. Mac Thornberry will keynote the program followed by a discussion with author Stephen Griffin of Tulane Law School about his book, “The Long Wars and the Constitution,” and New York Times Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Elisabeth Bumiller.  Robert Litwak of the Wilson Center and Don Wolfensberger will co-moderate.  To RSVP, go to [email protected]

 

This is our last major program of the year (other than our annual business meeting on Tlues., Sept. 10 at noon).  Bring a friend and sign them up as NCAPSA members and renew your membership at this week’s event.

 

 

 

NCAPSA Annual Business Meeting: Election of Officers & Presentation of Walter Bach Pi Sigma Alpha Award

Tues., Sept. 10, 2013
Noon-1:00 p.m., APSA Headquarters, 1537 New Hampshire Ave., NW.

 

 NCAPSA American Politics Workshop

When: Monday, June 3, 2013, 10am to 3:30pm

Where: University of Maryland, College Park, hosted by the Department of Government and Politics

Program:Antonio Rodriguez (Maryland) and Stella Rouse (Maryland): "Look Who's Talking Now (About Immigration)! How Social Networks Enhance Latino Political Participation"

Antoine Yoshinaka (American) and Seth McKee (South Florida, St. Petersburg): "The Political Ambition and Electoral Performance of Southern Legislative Party Switchers"

David Konisky (Georgetown), Jamie Monogan (Georgia), and Neal Woods (South Carolina): "Strategic Placement of Air Polluters: An Application of Point Pattern Models."

Danny Hayes (George Washington) and Matt Guardino (Providence): "The Power of Foreign Voices and the Limits of Partisan Cue-Taking: U.S. Public Opinion about Military Action against Iran"

The workshop brings together political scientists from the Washington region and beyond for a discussion of new research about American politics. The format is a little different from the standard conference model. We will devote an hour of discussion to each paper. Each author (or set of authors) may present a brief overview, but the vast majority of the time will be devoted to dialogue with the audience. For that reason, we will make the papers available around the first of the year so that attendees can read them before the  workshop.

Lunch will be provided, and there is no cost to attend. Please RSVP by May 24 to Danny Hayes ([email protected]). For those who RSVP, we will follow up with details (directions to and parking at the University of Maryland, access to the papers, etc.) in the coming weeks.

 

The Woodrow Wilson Center & The National Capital Area Political Scinece Association

Present a Book Launch

 The Gingrich Senators
The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:00 - 6:00 PM

 Featuring:
Sean M. Theriault,
Author and Professor of Political Science, University of Texas

Moderated by:
Donald R. Wolfensberger, President, NCAPSA & Senior Scholar, Wilson Center 

The much venerated Senate of the mid-twentieth century is now a distant memory.  Today senators routinely electioneer on the Senate floor, play games with the legislative process, and question each other's motives.  Sean M. Theriault documents how one group of senators has been at the forefront of the transformation-the "Gingrich Senators," which he defines as those Republicans who previously served in the House after New Gingrich was first elected.  He shows how the Gingrich Senators are more conservative and more likely to engage in partisan warfare than the other Republicans.

RSVP (acceptances only) to: [email protected]

 The Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. (Federal Triangle Metro stop on the Blue/ Orange Line)  For a map and directions see: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/directions.  Please bring a photo ID and arrive 15 minutes ahead to allow time for the security checkpoint.  (Note: A reception and book sales will follow the event.)

                       

 Filibuster Reform 2013: What Happened?"  

9 am - 10:30 am on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Bipartisan Policy Center

(1225 Eye St, NW., 10th Floor)

 

For the second consecutive Congress Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has considered exercising the "nuclear" or "constitutional" option to force a change in filibuster rules by simple majority vote instead of the two-thirds vote required to end debate on rules changes.  And, for the second time, a bipartisan agreement was reached at the last minute to avert the crisis by reducing the number of possible filibusters in return for more fairness in offering amendments.  How does this deal compare with the previous one and are reformers satisfied with the results? These and other questions will be examined by a panel of experts from Congress and academia.

 

Watch the Video from this event!

 

 NCAPSA American Politics Workshop

When: January 7, 2013, 10:00am to 3:30pm

Where: American University, hosted by the Department of Government and Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

Program:

Jennifer Victor (George Mason) and Greg Koger (Miami): "Financing Friends: Legislators, Lobbyists, and the Pervasive Influence of Campaign Finance"

Jim Gimpel (Maryland), Frances Lee (Maryland), and Mike Parrott (Maryland): "Business Interests and the Party Coalitions: Industry Sector Contributions to U.S. Congressional Campaigns"

Daniel Schlozman (Johns Hopkins): "The Making of Partisan Majorities: Political Parties, Social Movements, and Electoral Change"

David Karol (Maryland): "Forcing Their Hands? Campaign Finance Law, Retirement Announcements and the Rise of the Permanent Campaign in Congressional Elections"

The workshop brings together political scientists from the Washington region and beyond for a discussion of new research about American politics. The format is a little different than the standard conference model. We will devote an hour of discussion to each paper. Each author (or set of authors) may present a brief overview, but the vast majority of the time will be devoted to dialogue with the audience. For that reason, we will make the papers available around the first of the year so that attendees can read them before the workshop.

Lunch will be provided, and there is no cost to attend. Please RSVP by December 28 to Danny Hayes ([email protected]). For those who RSVP, we will follow up with details (directions to and parking at AU, access to the papers, etc.) in the coming weeks.

 

Annual All Members Business Meeting Presentation of Pi Sigma Alpha Award

Save the date! The Pi Sigma Alpha Award presentation and Annual Business Meeting will be held on September 12, 2012. 

Presentation of the Walter Beach
Pi Sigma Alpha Award to
Dr. I. M. 'Mac' Destler
              &
Annual Business Meeting
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
 12:00 PM
Centennial Center
American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW

 I. M. 'Mac' Destler is this year's Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award winner and to invite you to honor him at the presentation of the award. This annual recognition of a colleague honors extraordinary accomplishments in political science and public service.

Dr. Destler is the Saul Stern Professor of Civic Engagement in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.  He specializes in the politics and processes of U.S. foreign and trade policymaking.  He is the author or co-author of 14 books, most recently In the Shadow of the Oval Office: The President's National Security Advisor from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush (Simon and Schuster, 2009; coauthored with Ivo H. Daalder).  His American Trade Politics won the Gladys Kammerer Award in 1986 for the best book on U.S. national policy.  Mac will join NCAPSA members and other friends for a brown bag lunch and presentation at noon on Wednesday, September 12.  Please join us for this occasion to honor our friend. The title of his talk is "Making Government Real."


A brief business meeting and election of officers will follow the talk and presentation. Beverages and dessert will be served; please feel free to bring your lunch to the event.

 

Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 202.349.9367. We look forward to seeing you for this important gathering.

 

 

 

Panel Discussion:

It's Even Worse Than It Looks Book Cover

National Capital Area Political Science Association
Panel Discussion of It's Even Worse Than It Looks:
How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism 
by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

Wednesday, June 6

Panelists:

  •  Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institution
  • David Karol, University of Maryland
  • Matt Green, Catholic University

About the Book: Acrimony and hyperpartisanship have seeped into every part of the political process. Congress is deadlocked and its approval ratings are at record lows. America's two main political parties have given up their traditions of compromise, endangering our very system of constitutional democracy. And one of these parties has taken on the role of insurgent outlier; the Republicans have become ideologically extreme, scornful of compromise, and ardently opposed to the established social and economic policy regime. In It's Even Worse Than It Looks, congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress-and the United States-to the brink of institutional collapse. (Source: Google Books)

 

 

 

Panel Discussion:

Congress's Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?

Cosponsored by The Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, and NCAPSA

The panel explored the current role of the US Congress in foreign policy from a historical perspective and look ahead to 21st century challenges.

Panelists:

  • Former congressman Richard Gephardt (D-MO), president & CEO, Gephardt Government Affairs
  • Former senator John E. Sununu (R-NH), senior policy advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • James M. Lindsay, senior vice president, the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Gail Russell Chaddock, staff writer, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Moderator: Don Wolfensberger, director, The Congress Project

 

Author Book Discussion:

Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House
Featuring Mr. Kenneth Walsh
June 7, 2011

Mr. Kenneth Walsh spoke about his recently published book, Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House. The book examined racial attitudes and policies from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Mr. Walsh has covered the White House since 1986 and is former president of the White House Correspondents' Association. He has written five books on aspects of the presidency and is an adjunct professor of communication at American University.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Book Discussion: Solving the Reemployment Puzzle: From Research to Policy
Featuring Dr. Stephen Wandner
May 26, 2011

Dr. Stephen Wandner spoke about Solving the Reemployment Puzzle: From Research to Policy, which won the 2010 Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations from the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. The book provides an insider's perspective into both the Clinton and Bush administrations' policies toward joblessness and reemployment, and the social science behind them.

Dr. Wandner, formerly a senior economist at the US Department of Labor, is currently a visiting fellow at the Center of Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute.

 

 

Contact us if you have any ideas or suggests for a future NCAPSA event at [email protected].

 

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