Prof. Thurber and the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Class of 2015 Celebrate
The Obama Administration: Legal Issues Involving the Use of Military Force
- Chris Edelson: Assistant Professor of Government, School of Public Affairs at American University
- Lou Fisher: Scholar in Residence, The Constitution Project
- Shoon Murray: Associate Professor, School of International Service at American University
Moderated by Professor James A. Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Distinguished University Professor.
Recent Article Published by Professors Thurber and Griffin
Profs. Thurber and Griffin co-authored an article titled "Teaching Public Policy Advocacy by Combining Academic Knowledge and Professional Wisdom," in the most recent issue of Interest Groups & Advocacy.
Visit Palgrave Publications for more information.
Prof. James A. Thurber, Prof. Gary King, Provost Scott Bass, Prof. Jeff Gill, and Dean Barbara Romzek
Keynote Address by Gary King to Honor Distinguished Alumnus Jeff Gill
Professor Gary King, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University presented his research on the Chinese censorship apparatus, at a keynote given on January 30th.
Lobbying and Ethics Laws
James Thurber talked about lobby reform and ethical issues regarding members of Congress.?He spoke about previous efforts to change lobbying practices on Capitol Hill and discussed potential change in the 114th Congress.?James Thurber is the author of numerous books on politics and government and served as a legislative assistant to former senators Bill Brock, Adlai Stevenson III, and Hubert Humphrey.
This forum was part of American University's biannual workshop (PAAI) focusing on lobbying strategies used in the nation's capital.
Professor Thurber after giving speech at the OECD Forum on Financing Democracy and Averting Policy Capture in Paris, December 3-4, 2014 with Janos Bertok (on left) head of Public Sector Integrity Division, Public Governance Directorate, OECD.
Professor Thurber at OECD
View Professor James Thurber's recent presentation at the Organization for Economic Co?operation and Development (OECD), "Political Finance and its Impact on Public Policy and Decision Making Processes…How to Mitigate the Risks of "Capture": The U.S. Case"
CCPS is pleased to announce Gail Baitinger as the recipient of the 2014 Gill Family Foundation Scholarship
Gail's dissertation is titled: If It's Sunday, It's Meet the Men: Examining Gender Differences in Appearances on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows.
Women's under-representation in the news is widely established, but its roots are not yet known. My dissertation is the first to examine systematically whether sexism, journalistic norms, or a combination of the two account for discrepancies in the presence of men and women in the news, the issues discussed by male and female guests, and men and women's ability to set the political agenda. I rely on an original data set of approximately 4,800 Sunday morning show appearances of more than 1,000 individual guests –including elected officials, journalists, administration officials, and activists –as a vehicle by which to assess the roots of women's under-representation in the media and whether gender differences exist in their issue expertise in the news. The quantitative data I collected are from transcripts of all five Sunday morning talk shows and capture every guest who appears on the programs between 2009 and 2011 and the issues they discussed during their appearance. I home in on members of Congress to predict which legislators make the most frequent appearances and the issues they discuss based on characteristics such as sex, seniority, leadership roles, and committee assignments.
Obama Heads to Asia
Prof. Thurber appeared on Sunday's NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt to discuss President Obama's second term and focus on international issues as he begins a three country trip to China, Myanmar, and Australia
Prof. James Thurber appeared on CSPAN's Washington Journal this week. He talked about how President Obama and a Republican-controlled Congress might operate during the 114th Congress.?He also discussed how previous administrations have worked with opposition party-controlled congresses.
Charles Brain, President, Capitol Hill Strategies LLC
Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs - Clinton Administration: 2000-2001
Deputy Assistant - Clinton Administration: 1998-1999
Nicholas Calio, President and CEO of Airlines for America
Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs - George W. Bush Administration: 2001-2003 and George H.W. Bush Administration: 1991-1993
Dan Meyer, Partner, Duberstein Group
Deputy Assistant to the President - George W. Bush Administration: 2007
Assistant to the President - George W. Bush Administration: 2007-2008
Phil Schiliro, Policy Consultant
Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs - Obama Administration: 2009-2011; Obama Biden Transition Team: 2008-2009
Moderated by Patrick Griffin
Associate Director for Public Policy Programs and Academic Director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affair - Clinton Administration: 1994-1996
AU Experts Analyze the 2014 Election
Thursday, November 6th at 12PM
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Join CCPS, WPI, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center for an analysis of the 2014 Midterm election results. Discussion will include the following panelists:
- Anna Greenberg; CCPS Research Fellow and Senior Vice President of Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner
- Jennifer Lawless; Professor of Government and Director of the Women & Politics Institute
- Candice Nelson; Professor and Department Chair of Government and Director of the Campaign Management Institute
- Molly O'Rourke; Executive in Residence, School of Communications
Panel will be moderated by James A. Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, and distinguished university professor.
Lunch will be served from 12:00-12:20 in the Kay Lounge. Panel will take place in the Kay Chapel at 12:30.
Please RSVP to email@example.com or (202)885-3491
Thurber speaks to Dutch journalists
Professor Thurber spoke on the 2014 election to a group of journalists from the Netherlands sponsored by the Netherlands Atlantic Association, Bram Boxhoorn, Director on Friday, October 24 at American University.
Watchdog Groups Praise Work of OCE, Say Similar Senate Ethics Office Needed
Congressional scholars, including Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution, Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and American University's James Thurber endorse plea to keep the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Congressional Ethics Panel on C-SPAN
Panelists, including Norm Ornstein and James A. Thurber talked about American voters' perceptions of their lawmakers in Washington and how more stringent ethics standards could improve politicians' standing with their constituents.
Apply for the 2014 Gill Family Foundation Scholarship
CCPS and The Gill Family Foundation announces a $6,000 scholarship for dissertation support to a PhD student working on a dissertation in the areas of American Politics, Comparative Politics, Public Administration, or Policy Analysis at American University using quantitative methods.
The Gill Family Foundation was established in 1997 in Houston, Texas, to further the Gill family's interest in support of educational philanthropy. As a statement of philosophy, the Gill family has noted that "Education plays the critical role in providing opportunities for growth, development, success, lasting relationships and satisfaction in life. We are committed to giving back to the system which provided us so much opportunity for success and financial independence."
2014 - 2015 Class of White House Fellows
CCPS congratulates AU School of Public Affair's graduate Marguerite Jiménez, who has been named a White House Fellow.
Pre-Election Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:15PM
Abramson Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Join our experts as they forecast the 2014 races: Who will win? Who will lose? How will female candidates far? And why?
- Glen Bolger, Public Opinion Strategies
- Margie Omero, Purple Strategies LLC
- John Sides, George Washington University and The Monkey Cage
Light refreshments to follow the panel discussion.
Please RSVP by October 8th to Diane Hsiung at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202)885-2903.
2014 Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference
New Directions in Presidential Election Research
Friday, October 24th, 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20005 (one block from Metro Center)
The Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (DC-AAPOR) is proud to host the 8th annual POQ Special Issue Conference. This year's conference highlights New Directions in Presidential-Election Research and features presentations by the volume's contributing authors. Topics include new methods for estimating election outcomes, the role of racial attitudes and party identification in recent elections, real-time assessments of public opinion, and more. Please join us!
Learn more here.
Former CMI Assistant Director Speaks at the White House
Former Campaign Management Institute Assistant Director Andy MacCracken, Executive Director & Cofounder of the National Campus Leadership Council, will address the issue of campus sexual assault at the White House. Watch Live
The 2014 European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at the European Commission
Discover the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (EPAAI), including details on our next session.
2014 Bryce Harlow Foundation Ethics and Lobbying Essay Winner
The Center congratulates Amanda Shipley, winner of the 2014 Bryce Harlow Foundation Ethics and Lobbying Essay Winner.
Amanda Shipley is the Communications Coordinator at Hellerman Baretz Communications, an award-winning corporate communications agency specializing in thought leadership and branded content development, reputation management, and revenue growth for the world's leading law, consulting, healthcare, and financial services firms.
Born and raised in northern Ohio, Amanda attended Wittenberg University where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha national honors societies, American Political Science Association, and the Legal Marketing Association.
While working from HBC’s Washington office, Amanda completed a Masters in Political Science at American University.
Conference on Gridlock
On May 9, CCPS will host a full day conference on "American Gridlock: Causes, Characteristics, and Consequences of Polarization" at American University, featuring academics from across the nation.
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Conference on Lobbying Reform in the U.S. and E.U.
On March 17, 2014 the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies hosted an all-day conference on lobbying reform in the U.S. and E.U.
Read Holly Yeager's Washington Post Article
Read Neil Vigdor's piece in The Stamford Advocate
Read Prof. LaPira's recent Sunlight Foundation blog post
The Republicans’ Latino Problem and How it Can Be Fixed
Join the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies for a morning conference tackling this timely and important issue, illuminating the challenges the Republican Party faces with trying to obtain the Latino vote and improve their relationship with Latino voters.
Time: March 7 from 10am-1:00pm
Location: SIS Abramson Family Founders Room
Celebrating Women's History Month
Join WPI and CCPS as we discuss partisanship and polarization in the U.S. Congress and whether more women can help solve these problems. Sean Theriault will sign copies of his new book, The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress. Panel discussion with former Congresswomen Barbara Kennelly and Nancy Johnson will follow.
Date and Time:
Thursday, March 27th
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