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
Book Signing at 11:15 AM
Lunch and Panel Discussion at 12 PM
SIS Founders Room
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute- Brussels, Belgium June 22-June 27, 2014
Interested in attending this year’s EPAAI? Join us for an information and Q and A session on any of the following dates:
Monday February 24th from 5pm- 5:30
Thursday March 6th from 5pm- 5:30
Tuesday March 18th from 5pm- 5:30
All information sessions will take place in the CCPS office, Ward 109.
Intern while at EPAAI
Applications for paid internships with the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress are due February 6th!
Contact Jean-Luc Robert, European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress, for more information: email@example.com
Dee Dee Myers with CCPS Students
Dee Dee Myers Visits CCPS Institutes
Former Whitehouse Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers spoke to students of the Campaign Management Institute and Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute in January.
2013 Gill Family Foundation Scholarship
CCPS is pleased to announce Andrew Brannegan as the recipient of the 2013 Gill Family Foundation Scholarship.
Andrew’s dissertation is titled: "Understanding Parental Involvement and its Influence on Student Outcomes in the Context of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001."
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 emphasized the need for greater parental participation in the education process by expanding public school choice and by requiring parental involvement in Title I school activities. This research will examine the implications of increasing parental involvement in schools, by analyzing: (1) how each parent’s level of education influences the likelihood of being aware of and participating in public school choice; (2) how different types of parental involvement and school outreach influence student test scores and behavioral outcomes; and (3) how changes in household dynamics influence a parent’s likelihood of participating in school activities. These questions are answered using a variety of quantitative methods and using data from the National Household Education Survey of 2007 and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews interviews President Barack Obama in the Greenberg Theatre for an episode of “Hardball.”
President Obama Visits AU
Chris Matthews interviewed President Obama at American University on Thursday, December 5. Learn More
2013 Hatfield Scholar Award Presented to Professor James A. Thurber
Professor James A. Thurber is the recipient of the 2013 Hatfield Scholar Award. The award is given by Portland State University faculty in recognition of an exceptional scholar whose career best exemplifies the Hatfield commitment to public interest and public service.
The JFK Assassination Anniversary: Public Perceptions And Political Realities- The Diane Rehm Show
Listen to panelists James Thurber, Robert Dallek; presidential historian, Larry Sabato; founder and director, University of Virginia Center for Politics, and Bill Minutaglio; professor of journalism at the University of Texas, Austin discuss the JFK assassination on the eve of the 50th anniversary.
Remembering Richard Smolka
Richard G. Smolka, a professor emeritus at American University and one of the world’s leading experts on elections, voting and the electoral process, died at his home in Mesa, Arizona, on Nov. 5. He was 81.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Smolka taught in the School of Public Affairs at American for 31 years before his retirement. He created Election Administration Reports, a bi-weekly newsletter on election law and administration for election officials, in 1971 and served as its editor for more than 40 years. It became an industry standard and developed a worldwide readership among those in the business of running elections.
Day-After Analysis of State Election Results discuss election results on WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show. Other guests include:
Ed O'Keefe ; Congressional reporter, The Washington Post.
John Harwood; Chief Washington correspondent, CNBC; reporter, The New York Times.
Liz Sidoti; National political editor, AP.
Photo by Jeff Watts
The Impact of the Government Shutdown and Sequestration on the Poor
Miss our event? Watch the video!
CCPS Forum featuring:
Chief lobbyist for Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (Nuns on the Bus)
Senior Policy Analyst, Bread for the World
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Moderated by Professor James A. Thurber; University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
CCPS Forum- October 3rd- What’s Wrong With Congress And What Can Be Done About It?
Norm Ornstein- Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Thomas E. Mann- Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Moderated by Professor James A. Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Distinguished University Professor.
2013 Bryce Harlow Foundation Ethics and Lobbying Essay Winner
The Center congratulates Lindsey Mears, winner of the 2013 Bryce Harlow Foundation Ethics and Lobbying Essay Winner.
Lindsey Mears is a recent graduate of the MA program in Political Communication at American University. She took part in the Ethics in Lobbying Workshop to enhance her understanding of both the perception and legislation of lobbying activity. Lindsey works at an advocacy nonprofit and hopes to continue working in issue advocacy.
Read Lindsey’s award winning paper and past winners.
Has President Obama Changed the Way Washington Works?
Read Prof. Thurber’s article on Blackpast.org, an online reference guide to African American history compiled by Prof. Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington, Seattle
Campaign Management Institute Assistant Director Andy MacCracken on C-SPAN
Andy MacCracken appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss his organization’s efforts to engage young voters on a national level about a variety of issues including the national debt, fiscal responsibility, college affordability and youth voter turnout.?
Eva-Marie Kiefer joins CCPS as a Scholar in Residence
Ms. Kiefer is a PhD student at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies in Germany. Her dissertation examines the mechanisms explaining Congressional behavior during crisis in conflicts with non-state actors.
Jeffrey Crouch, assistant professor of American politics
Recent News CCPS Fellow Jeffrey Crouch
Preossor Crouch was featured in the New York Times Sunday Dialogue: Using the Power to Pardon.
Prof.Jeffrey Crouch, author of The Presidential Pardon Power (University Press of Kansas, 2009), was one of two political scientists invited to join a dozen legal scholars and practitioners at St. Thomas School of Law's spring symposium, "Sentence Commutations and the Executive Pardon Power." Crouch presented a paper entitled "The President's Power to Commute: Is It Still Relevant?" The symposium was held on April 20, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich delivered the keynote address. Here is a link: http://ir.stthomas.edu/ustlj/symposia.html
Crouch was also invited to speak at Clemson University, where he gave a talk on April 27, 2012 entitled "The Presidential Pardon Power: The Basics." His recently published work includes a chapter, "William Jefferson Clinton," in Chronology of the American Presidency, edited by Matthew Manweller, and a chapter entitled "Redistricting: The Shift Towards South and West Continues" in Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, 2nd Ed., edited by AU's own Richard J. Semiatin.
Read Professor Crouch's latest interview in the Boston Globe.
Learn more about Jeffrey Crouch
5 Things to Watch for in State of the Union Speech
Several AU faculty, including CCPS Director James Thurber, discuss areas that President Obama should be focusing on in his 2013 State of the Union address.
Lunch meeting to discuss current political events in Egypt
Lunch meeting to discuss current political events in Egypt with Director James A. Thurber and Claudia Thurber with Ambassador Maher El-Adawy and Shams El-Adawy from Cairo, Egypt with Adel El-Adawy SPA MA student and graduate of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute and the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute. Adel has been writing a widely read blog about current Egyptian politics for the last two years.
Jaiqi Liang and Jeff Gill
Gill Family Foundation Scholarship Winner 2012
The Gill Family Foundation Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce its December 2012 winner: Jiaqi Liang.
Jiaqi Liang is a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Public Administration & Policy. Her research interests include administrative politics, policy implementation, program evaluation, environmental policy and politics, performance management, diversity and representation, comparative public administration and policy. Her dissertation theoretically conceptualizes race/ethnicity-based environmental injustice in the framework of social construction of target populations, and empirically examines its impact on the bureaucratic distribution of environmental benefits and burdens by enforcing environmental programs inequitably. Prior to the doctoral program at AU, Liang received a MPA with a concentration in public policy at University of Missouri-Columbia. Her dissertation is titled: Unmasking Covert Injustice: Minorities, Social Constructionism, and Environmental Enforcement in the United States.
Book Talk with Former Rep. Mickey Edwards-
James A. Thurber and Rep. Mickey Edwards held a spirited discussion on his book titled "The Parties vs. the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans”
Professor James Thurber Discusses Election Outcomes on the Diane Rehm Show
Hear Professor Thurber, Andrew Kohut; director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and Michelle Bernard; founder and president of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy as they analyze the results.
Presidential Poll: Aging ‘Emptying Nest’ counties look crucial in the Midwest, Give Edge to Obama
As the 2012 presidential race heads for the home stretch, a new poll analysis by American University and Patchwork Nation suggests that a popular/electoral vote split is a very real possibility – with key aging Midwestern counties giving the president an edge in the race to 270 electoral votes. The findings come from an examination of the latest Pew Research Center presidential poll using the Patchwork Nation demographic/geographic breakdown of U.S. counties
Recent Publications from Professor James Thurber
Panel James A. Thurber, Evan Thomas, Jim Newton, Michael Birkner, and Executive Director Carl Reddell
Eisenhower Scholars Examine Ike’s Role with the Media
Did Ike like the media? Or did he consider them a necessary nuisance? Did he use their reach and credibility to telegraph messages to other world leaders?
An expert panel, moderated by James A. Thurber, included Evan Thomas, whose book "Ike's Bluff" was recently released, Eisenhower biographer Jim Newton and Michael Birkner of Gettysburg College.
The Romney Post-Debate Bounce – What’s clear and what’s uncertain: A Patchwork Nation Analysis of the latest Pew Research Center Poll
By most every account, Republican nominee Mitt Romney shook up the presidential race last week with a strong showing in the first presidential debate. By early last week, polls from Gallup to Pew seemed to indicate the race had changed.
The question is how much. To help answer that question Patchwork Nation broke down the data inside the most recent Pew Research Center poll using its 12 types of counties to get a sense of where the Romney surge is most visible. Repeating a method of analysis we have used on previous Pew polls.
The breakdown, released here in conjunction with American University, shows a big surge in the exurbs for Romney (counties called Boom Towns) and some growth of support in the big cities (counties called the Industrial Metropolis). President Obama, meanwhile, still appears to hold the lead in the crucial suburban counties (counties called the Monied Burbs) and to hold great strength in the counties that are a heavy with college students (counties called Campus and Careers).
November 8: CCPS Post Election Forum
- Candice Nelson, Department Chair of Government (SPA) and Director of the Campaign Management Institute.
- Jennifer Lawless, Associate Professor of Government (SPA) and Director of the Women & Politics Institute.
- Leonard Steinhorn, Director of the Public Communication Division (SOC).
- Dotty Lynch, Executive in Residence (SOC) and CBS News political consultant.
- Eric Hershberg, Professor of Government (SPA) and Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies.
Moderated by Professor James A. Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Distinguished University Professor.
A Complicated Path to Victory
*Please Note: These results are from BEFORE Pew’s Monday 10/8 poll release*
With a month to go until Election Day, a new breakdown of poll numbers show President Barack Obama has built important leads in key communities where he needs to win big in November. Perhaps even more important, Obama has opened up leads in important swing counties and in some counties that usually tend to lean toward the GOP.
The analysis, done by examining Pew Research Center polling data through the Patchwork Nation demographic/geographic breakdown of counties in partnership with American University, suggests a complicated path to victory for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the closing weeks of the campaign.
Agony, Angst, and the Failure of the Supercommittee
Read Professor Thurber’s latest publication, “Agony, Angst, and the Failure of the Supercommittee," published in Extensions, a journal of the Carl Albert Congressional and Research Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma.
2012 Gill Family Foundation Scholarship- Applications Due November 16th
The Gill Family Foundation Scholarship is awarded to an SPA PhD student in support a dissertation using quantitative methods.
The selection committee includes: Professor James Thurber, Dept. of Government; Professor Laura Langbein, Dept. of Public Administration and Policy; Professor Robert Jernigan, Dept. of Math and Statistics; Professor Jennifer Lawless, Dept. of Government, and Professor Jan Leighley, Dept. of Government
2012 Bryce Harlow Foundation Ethics and Lobbying Essay Winner
The Center congratulates Evan Kost, winner of the 2012 Bryce Harlow Foundation Ethics and Lobbying Essay Winner.
Evan Kost currently works as a Development Associate at America Votes, the leading coordinating entity for the advocacy work and electoral activities of over 300 progressive organizations at the state and national level. Prior to joining AV, he earned his Master’s Degree in Applied Politics at American University’s School of Public Affairs. During his time at American, he specifically focused on campaign finance and public policy, culminating in a final study concerning 501(c)(4) regulation . He also worked in the same field at both the campaign- and consulting-level, where he assisted the fundraising efforts of several state and federal races. Prior to moving to Washington D.C., Evan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English from Bucknell University.
2012 European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute
Prof. Thurber led students to Brussels for the annual European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute. Participants met with politicians, lobbyists, and other high profile stake holders while in the region.
Professor Patrick Griffin, Representative Henry Waxman, and CCPS Director James A. Thurber
Clean Air Policy Summit
Professors James A. Thurber and Patrick Griffin hosted Rep. Henry Waxman (D- CA) and a panel of experts for a policy summit on the politics of clean air. The event, cosponsored with National Journal, was held on June 6th and took place at the Newseum.
CMI Students Take Home Pollie Award
The American Association of Political Scientists awarded a ‘Gold: Best Campaign Strategy’ Pollie Award in the student category to Aaron Alberico, Noah Benjamin, Barton Thompson, Josh Roll, and Garret Bonosky.
The group, all of whom participated in CMI's Targeting and Direct Mail weekend workshop, was recognized for their dedication and exemplary work in the 2011/2012 Political campaign season. The team of five created a thorough campaign strategy book for the Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate campaign.
International Lobbying Reform
Prof. James Thurber and Natko Vlahovic, Secretary General of the Croatian Association of Lobbyists and Founder of Vlahovic Group, met in Washington recently to discuss their international lobbying reform efforts with the German Marshall Fund.
Dr. James A Thurber, Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Dr. Stephen Wayne, and Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah
World Forum on Governance
Professor Thurber just returned from the first annual World Forum on Governance, Prague, Czech Republic. US Ambassador Norm Eisen spoke, as well as Norm Ornstein (AEI), and co-organizer Tom Mann (Brookings Institution). The theme of the conference was "Political Governance and Corporate Governance: Innovating to Fight Corruption and Increase Accountability". Professor Thurber led a special session on lobbying reform at the conference.
James Thurber with Philip Davies, the head of the American collection at the British Library in London
Reforming Congress: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Professor James Thurber and Rep. Mickey Edwards joined Daniel Schuman of the Sunlight Foundation in a discussion of the history of efforts to reform Congress and what can be done to help it fulfill its constitutional responsibilities. Watch the Video
Kennedy Center Celebrates the 50th anniversary of JFK's inauguration
Prof. James Thurber was featured on a panel at the Kennedy Center with actor Stacy Keach, star of the award winning play Frost/Nixon. The two spoke at an event as part of the Kennedy Center’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration. Learn more
30 Years of Winning Strategy
Now in its thirtieth year, the Campaign Management Institute has become an internationally recognized dynamic curriculum drawing students from across the globe to learn and practice the art and science of campaigning.
Anita McBride, Executive-in-Residence, has a long and distinguished career in American politics and government. Most recently, she served as Assistant to President George W. Bush and Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush.
The E-PAAI Experience
Stephen Calabria, a 2009 participant in the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, documented the groups experiences in Brussels and produced a video.
James Thurber discusses lobbying, earmarks, and ethics in the capital city on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.
Prof. Thurber's editorial in The Hill on April 26, 2010: Bring Back the Conference Committees