2010 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 7, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lake Room, Norris University Center
1999 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston Campus
Northwestern University 

The fourth annual Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior Workshop (CAB) will be held on Friday, May 7, 2010 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: http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/%7ejnd260/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
10:00-10:05a.m. Introduction, James Druckman, Northwestern University
10:05-11:15a.m. John Zaller, University of California at Los Angeles"Political Activists and the Origins of Liberal-Conservative Ideology"  
Moderator: Victor Ottati, Loyola University Chicago 
11:15-11:30a.m. Break
11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin-Madison"Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout"
Moderator: John Transue, University of Illinois at Springfield
12:30-1:45p.m. Lunch (If weather permits, we will eat outside, near the lake)
1:45-2:45p.m. Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa"Public Opinion and Election Reform: Electoral and Structural Losers and Strategic Support for Reforming the Republic"
Moderator: Amber Wichowsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2:45-3:15p.m. Break
3:15-4:15p.m. Traci Burch, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University"Trading Democracy for Justice: The Spillover Effects of Incarceration in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Durham"
Moderator: Betsy Sinclair, University of Chicago
4:15-4:30p.m. Break
4:30-5:15p.m. Reflections and Advice Roundtable with Doris Graber, Ben Page, and John Zaller
These three prominent scholars will reflect on some of their seminal contributions (e.g., Processing Politics, The Rational Public, The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinions)
5:45-7:30p.m. Dinner at Mt. Everest
630 Church St., Evanston, 847-491-1069


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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