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The Department would like to congratulate Joshua Ryan for receiving the Jewell-Loewenberg Prize


The award is given for the best article published in the journal Legislative Studies Quarterly in 2015. The article is entitled: Examining Legislative Cue-Taking in the U.S. Senate.The article examines congressional cue-taking theory to determine its extent, conditionality, and various forms in the U.S. Senate. Using a novel data-collection technique (timed C-SPAN footage), we focus on temporal dynamics via event history analysis. Examining the effects of senator characteristics across 16 votes from the 108th Congress, we find that committee leadership and seniority generally predict cue-giving, while other types of characteristics predict cue-giving on certain types of votes. Our results underscore the importance of considering the order and timing of voting when studying congressional behavior.

The Department would like to congratulate Damon Cann for receiving the Virginia Gray Best Book Award

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The award is given for the best political science book published on the subject of U.S. state politics or policy in the preceding three calendar years. The book is titled "Voters' Verdicts: Citizens, Campaigns, and Institutions in State Supreme Court Elections" by Chris Bonneau and Damon Cann.
The book addresses contemporary concerns with judicial elections by investigating factors that influence voters' decisions in the election of state supreme court judges. The book shows that the move to nonpartisan elections depresses political participation but does little to mute the effects of partisanship and ideology. Using national surveys of voters in state supreme court elections, the authors get inside the mind of the voter to evaluate factors influencing vote choice in both contestable and non-contestable judicial elections.


You are invited to a scholarly publishing workshop led by the director of University of Notre Dame Press, Stephen Wrinn
Steve Wrinn

November 2, 2016
9:00-10:30 AM
Huntsman Hall Room 170

Come for an insider's perspective on:
• The current state and economics of scholarly            publishing
  • Demystifying the process of finding a publisher
  • Insight on what editors are thinking
  • Turning your dissertation into a book
  • Creating a cover letter and proposal that will              attract attention
  • What to expect when you are offered  a contract

Steve Wrinn started as Director of the University of Notre Dame Press on September 1, 2016. Wrinn is responsible for formulating and implementing the Press’ mission and strategic plan and overseeing progress towards its goals. Prior to his arrival at Notre Dame, Wrinn was Director of the University Press of Kentucky for nearly 14 years. Wrinn previously was editorial vice president and executive editor of history and political science for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and editorial director of Lexington Books. While there, he managed the purchase and assimilation of Lexington Books from Simon & Schuster into Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. 
Contact Shelly Schiess for a one-on-one appointment:

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