Interdisciplinary Workshops on Politics and Policy

2018-2019 Series

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The Local Dead in U.S. Civil War & Post-war Elections

October 17, 2018
Nathan Kalmoe (Louisiana State Univ.)

The Civil War slaughtered Americans on a scale unmatched by any conflict before or since, fundamentally transforming the nation and its politics. As the extent of death grew several times greater than other U.S. wars, how did voters respond when offered the choice to sustain or extinguish the war at the ballot box—and in elections over the decades that followed? Leveraging records from over one million individual Union soldiers in 15 loyal states linked to election results in their home counties, I find local casualties hurt vote shares for Lincoln and his fellow Republicans in pre-war Democratic areas but not in Republican strongholds. The scale of these local dead ensured electoral effects that endured through Reconstruction and into the 20th century, leaving a lasting mark on local political culture. This work challenges previous scholarship on wartime opinion and Civil War history with new evidence from America’s most consequential and costly conflict. It fits within a book project on partisan persistence & polarization that illuminates the tangled relationship between partisanship and violence in the Civil War era, with broader implications for partisan conflict at other times and in other places.


October 24, 2018
Chinbo Chong (Univ. of Michigan)

Harold Jacobson Lecture

October 25, 2018, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Paul Diehl (Univ. of Texas – Dallas)
6050 ISR

Split Feelings: Understanding how Political Message Influence Implicit and Explicit Attitudes

October 31, 2018
Timothy Ryan (Univ. of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)

Existing literature on campaign advertising has long suggested that people respond not only to the substantive content of an advertisement, but also its emotional content. Cues such as music, images and colors, research suggests, are important because they can alter an individual’s affective response to the ad and these affective changes may, in turn, influence their stated feelings about a candidate. This line of argument rests on the idea that ads not only change individuals’ explicit attitudes about a candidate but also their implicit attitudes. In this paper, we use psychological theories as a foundation to consider the conditions under which campaign stimuli differentially affect implicit and explicit attitudes. We do so through two pre-registered studies which track how shifts in the emotional content of ads affect both, explicit and implicit attitudes. Our work suggests that while there are means of differentiating between stimuli that affect implicit attitudes and those that move explicit attitudes, previous psychological models that differentiate between these attitude types may not be easily translatable to political contexts.


Election 2018: A Round Table Discussion

November 1, 2018, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Ashley Jardina (Duke University)
Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan)
Brendan Nyhan, (University of Michigan)
6050 ISR
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November 7, 2018
Michael Desch (Univ. of Notre Dame)

Election 2018: What Happened?

November 13, 2018, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Ken Goldstein (University of San Francisco)
Walter Mebane (University of Michigan)
Vince Hutchings, (University of Michigan)
1430 ISR
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November 14, 2018
Jessica Preece (Brigham Young University)


November 28, 2018
Stuart Soroka (Univ. Of Michigan)



December 5, 2018
Hans Hassell (Cornell College)
Note location for this talk: 1430 ISR



January 10, 2019
Amanda Robinson (Ohio State University)



February 13, 2019
Sergio Garcia-Rios (Cornell University)


Miller Converse Lecture

April 11, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Diana Mutz (Stanford Univ.)
1430 ISR


April 17, 2019
Christina Wolbrecht (University of Notre Dame)


April 25, 2018
Chris Dawes (New York Univ.)



All workshops take place on Wednesdays from noon-1:30pm in 6080 ISR-Thompson*

Unless otherwise noted all presentations are brown bag lunch.

*please note room change from previous years.

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