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Chicago Area Behavior Workshop

May 5, 2023

The 17th annual Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior Workshop (CAB) will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Northwestern University. The goal of these yearly workshops is to bring together Chicago-area social scientists who share an interest in political and social behavior.

This year’s workshop will be in-person only, no remote option will be offered. Organizers will be following Northwestern University’s COVID-19 safety guidelines for events.

Please register by April 26.

Logistical Details

The workshop format is as follows:

  • There will be four paper presentations, with discussion following each presentation.
  • A moderator (for each paper) will keep time and pose a few questions; however, there is no formal discussant, thus the discussion will largely come from the audience.
  • Each presenter will have 40 minutes to present, followed by 20 minutes of discussion (one-hour total).
  • Additionally, we will have a poster session for junior scholars, defined as current advanced graduate students or anyone no more than three years post-PhD.

Papers, if available, will be posted roughly one week in advance on the workshop website.

 A light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a dinner will be provided. (Dinner is only for those who participate in at least part of the conference.) Part of the purpose of the meeting is to provide scholars from different schools with an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas in an informal setting.

Each graduate student will be matched with a faculty member from a different university who shares his/her/their interests. Time will be provided for these pairs to interact (e.g., during break times and lunch).

If you have any questions about the event, please contact:

We are grateful to Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research, the Department of Political Science, and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, as well as NORC’s AmeriSpeak®Panel who have agreed to sponsor this event on an ongoing basis.

Coming soon.


2023 CAB schedule
Time Speaker / Event
9:30 a.m. Registration opens, coffee and light breakfast available
10:00 a.m. Welcome by James Druckman, Northwestern University (IPR/Political Science)
10:05 a.m.

"A Tale of Two Suburbs, Separate and Unequal
by Tasha Philpot, University of Texas at Austin

Moderated by Dave Doherty, Loyola University Chicago

11:05 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.

"Descriptive Representation and Electoral Accountability in Congress"
by Jon Rogowski, University of Chicago

Moderated by Erin Rossiter, University of Notre Dame

12:30 p.m. Mentoring Lunch
1:30 p.m.

"Race, Rights, and Rifles: The Origins of the NRA and Contemporary Gun Culture"
by Alexandra Filindra, University of Illinois Chicago

Moderated by Julia Valdes, Indiana State University

2:30 p.m. Brief Overview of NORC’s AmeriSpeak®Panel
2:40 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Junior Scholar Poster Session
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m.

"Officer-Involved Killings and Political Mobilization"
by Traci Burch, Northwestern University 

Moderated by Paru Shah, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

5:15 p.m. Dinner, Giordano's, 1527 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Ill.


In order of appearance:

Tasha Philpot

Tasha Philpot, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Tasha Philpot’s research analyzes conditions that allow marginalized groups in American society to function in a more democratic system and is supported by the National Science Foundation. She has also authored three books, the most recent of which is Conservative but Not Republican: The Paradox of Party Identification and Ideology Among African Americans (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She is affiliated with UT-Austin’s Center for African and African American Studies, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, and Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.


Jon RogowskiJon Rogowski, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Jon Rogowski’s research focuses on American politics and its history, specifically political institutions, representation, and accountability. His current projects inspect current and historical growth of bureaucratic institutions and the use of presidential power. He has written two books on the American presidency, including 2022’s No Blank Check: The Origins and Consequences of Public Antipathy Towards Presidential Power (Cambridge University Press). He has also published more than 40 articles in journals such as the American Political Science Review and Journal of Politics.


Alexandra FilindraAlexandra Filindra, Associate Professor of Political Science and Psychology, University of Illinois, Chicago

Alexandra Filindra conducts research on American gun politics, race and ethnic politics, immigration policy, public opinion, and political psychology. Her research has been supported by grants from the University of Illinois Chicago, the Pew Center for the States, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. In addition to her more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, she has two books in the works. One of them, Race, Rights, and Rifles: The Origins of the NRA and Contemporary Gun Culture, will be published by the University of Chicago Press later this year.


Traci BurchTraci Burch, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, and Research Professor, the American Bar Foundation

Traci Burch specializes in U.S. politics with her current research focusing on political mobilization in the wake of officer involved killings and barriers to voting. Her book, Trading Democracy for Justice: Criminal Convictions and the Decline of Neighborhood Political Participation (University of Chicago Press, 2013), has been recognized with several book prizes. She also has served as an expert witness in several recent court cases, including Jones v. DeSantis, Community Success Initiative v. Moore, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. v. Raffensperger.

Jamie DruckmanJames Druckman, Organizer Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science, IPR Associate Director and Fellow, Northwestern University

James Druckman’s research focuses on political preference formation, communication, and experimental methods. He also studies sports and politics (with a focus on gender), democratic responsiveness, as well as the impact of race in various decision-making settings. He also researches the relationship between citizens’ preferences and public policy and the polarization of American society.

Directions to the Workshop Location

  • The workshop will take place at Scott Hall’s Guild Lounge (first floor), Northwestern University, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL, 60208. A Google map of Guild Hall is available here
  • If you are driving, take Sheridan Road into Evanston from the north or south. Scott Hall is located between the intersections of Emerson & Sheridan and Chicago & Sheridan, to the west of Sheridan Road. Parking (for a fee) is available at the Church Street Self Park.
  • If you are taking the El Train, take the Purple Line to Davis (901 Davis Street) and then it is roughly a 5-minute walk (to the above workshop address). (“El”: CTA Purple Line to the Davis stop.)
  • If you are taking the Metra train, use the Union Pacific North line to Davis (901 Davis Street), and then it is roughly a 5-minute walk (to the above workshop address). (Metra: Union Pacific North Line to the Davis Street station, Zone C).


  • Church St. Self-Park, 525 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201, (847) 328-4607
    • This garage is located on the east side of Chicago Ave. between Church St. and Clark St. (enter the garage from either street).
      • For more information about parking in Evanston, see here.
  • After 4 p.m., parking on the Evanston campus is free in most campus lots.

Here is a list to help you with your planning. Northwestern University does not endorse any of the hotels included on it.

The Graduate, Evanston

1625 Hinman Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 475-3300


Hilton Garden Inn

1818 Maple Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 475-6400 


Hilton Orrington Evanston

1710 Orrington Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201


Holiday Inn Evanston

1501 Sherman Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 491-6400


Hyatt House Evanston

1515 Chicago Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 864-2300