This Month's Centennial Center Visiting Scholars

This month, the Centennial Center Visiting Scholar Program is pleased to support the following scholars as they pursue their research in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This program has hosted a diverse array of APSA members from every field of study, and from the United States and abroad. Check back each month to learn more about what our current Visiting Scholars are researching and teaching during their stay with the Centennial Center.

The Centennial Center, its facilities, and research support programs have been made possible since 2003 by the generous donations of APSA friends and members. 

Interested in becoming a Visiting Scholar? Learn more about the Visiting Scholar Program here.

Catherine Wineinger, Western Washington University

Dr. Wineinger explores women’s political representation at the intersection of gender, race, and partisanship. Her current book project focuses on Republican Party politics and contributes to discussions of Republican women’s descriptive and substantive underrepresentation in Congress. She examines the ways Republican congresswomen claim to represent women and how they navigate intraparty gender dynamics in an era of heightened polarization.

Christian Fong, The University of Michigan

Dr. Fong is working on a book which will show that congresspeople, like most human beings, like to help those who have helped them and to retaliate against those who have wronged them. This dramatically differs from the standard account of how cooperation is sustained in Congress and other political institutions, which emphasizes the role the expectation of future rewards over past behavior.  Yet this new backward-looking perspective provides a coherent explanation for the ebb and flow of leadership power, the emergence and dissolution of rules, and the changing nature of partisan competition in Congress.

Karen Beckwith, Case Western Reserve University
When new political parties form, do political opportunities open for women? What has been the impact of new political parties and new party system configurations on women’s representation within political parties, parliaments, and cabinets? What other actors, new to politics, have been brought into political institutions and the party system? In sum, do changes in party systems in democracies facilitate women’s inclusion in governance? Dr. Beckwith’s project addresses these questions by examining the intersection of institutions and political parties, focusing on four comparative cases: France, Italy, Sweden, and the US. It maps political party system changes in each case, identifying the emergence of new, electorally competitive political parties, shifts in the electoral performance of established parties, and the demise of previously competitive parties. It categorizes parties by party type and party family and investigates the transformations (and persistent stabilities) of party systems across time to analyze the impact of party system change on women’s political representation. The objective of the project is to understand the consequences of party system changes in democracies for women’s political representation.
Paul Musgrave, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Musgrave’s book project looks at the evolution of congressional-executive relations through the lens of the development of party institutions and other informal institutions during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is interested in seeing how these developments changed the ways that the formal powers of Congress and the presidency were exercised. He will be trying to understand how politics in Congress affects foreign policy in the modern era of polarization compared to the “textbook Congress” of the 1950s and 1960s.