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2014 CCPS Events

One of our specialties at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies is the study of lobbying reform in Washington, D.C. CCPS hosts seminars on lobbying reform efforts. In addition, our scholars and students have produced numerous papers and articles on lobbying reforms and our scholars have been interviewed by various media outlets about lobbying reform.

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 ccps@american.edu or (202)885-3491

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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 dianeh@american.edu or (202)885-2903.

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Women's History Month Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WPI and CCPS co-sponsored a women's history month panel discussion. The panel discussed partisanship and polarization in the U.S. Congress and whether more women can help solve these problems. On the panel were Mickey Edwards, Nancy Johnson, and Barbara Kennelly, all of whom served in the U.S. House of Representatives with Gingrich.

Sean Theriault also signed copies of his new book, The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress.


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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.

Learn about the panelists


Robert Bauer | Janos Bertok | David Coen | Lee Drutman | Craig Holman | Karl Isaksson | Timothy LaPira | James A. Thurber

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
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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.

Full Program

Panelists Bios


YouTube Conference Playlist










Hayes and Lawless




Rigby and Wright



Seth Masket's article

Gary Jacobson's paper

Thomas E. Mann's Keynote

For more information, contact ccps@american.edu.