2009 Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior (CAB) Workshop

Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Policy ResearchDepartment of Political Science, and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

May 8, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Donald P. Jacobs Center, Room G40 
2001 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston Campus
Northwestern University 

The third annual Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior Workshop (CAB) will be held on Friday, May 8, 2009 at Northwestern University. The goal of these regularly occurring workshops is to bring together Chicago area social scientists who share an interest in political and social behavior. The format of the meetings is as follows:


  • There will be four paper presentations, with discussion following each presentation.Papers will be available at least one week in advance (by Friday, May1) at: http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~jnd260/conference.html
  • Each presenter will have approximately 30 minutes to present, followed by approximately 30 minutes of discussion (1 hour total). The detailed schedule appears below.
  • A moderator will keep time and for each session pose a few questions; however, there is no formal discussant, and thus, the discussion will come largely from the audience.
  • The detailed schedule appears below.

A light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a dinner will be provided. 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 interests. Time will be provided for these pairs to interact (e.g., during break times and lunch).

Please feel free to distribute this information to anyone (e.g., faculty or graduate student) who might be interested in attending.

Workshop Schedule

9:30-10:00a.m. Coffee Available
10:00-10:15a.m. Introduction, James Druckman, Northwestern University 
10:15-11:30a.m. James Gibson, Washington University" The Political Psychology of Institutional Legitimacy"
Moderator: John Griffin, Notre Dame University
11:45a.m.-12:45p.m. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Northwestern University" Ethnically Targeted Ads in the 2008 Election: Bulls Eye or Ricochet?"
Moderator: Rick Matland, Loyola University
12:45-2:00p.m. Lunch (If weather permits, we will eat outside, near the lake)
2:00-3:00p.m. Eric Oliver, University of Chicago" Food, Sex, and Death: The Evolutionary Origins of Contemporary Political Ideology"
Moderator: John Transue, University of Illinois at Springfield
3:00-3:45p.m. Snack
3:45-4:45p.m. Scott McClurg, Southern Illinois University" Social Networks and Correct Voting"
Moderator: Rebecca Hannagan, Northern Illinois University
5:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner at Prairie Moon Restaurant (1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, Ill., (847-864-8328).


Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research, Department of Political Science, and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences have agreed to sponsor this event on an ongoing basis. Also, Dennis Chong, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor at Northwestern University, has graciously offered to support the conference dinner with funds from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Druckman at druckman@northwestern.edu.

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