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EPAAI 2014

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.

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Amanda Shipley

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.

Council on Governmental Ethics Laws

Read Wesley Bizzells’s profile of Prof. James A. Thurber in COGEL’s latest edition of The Guardian newsletter


USA Today Interviews

Prof. James A. Thurber was recently interviewed by USA today regarding President Obama’s poll numbers and his plans for intervention in Iraq.


Obama's focus turns to narrower achievements

Read Prof. Thurber's comments in Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons' piece in the Los Angeles Times.

American Gridlock

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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Panelists Bios


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Hayes and Lawless




Rigby and Wright



Seth Masket's article

Gary Jacobson's paper

Thomas E. Mann's Keynote

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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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Professor James A. Thurber on NPR

Professor Thurber was recently interviewed by NPR’s Scott Horsely on the presidential budget

Professor Thurber also appeared on Ken Rudin’s “Political Junkie” to discuss Rep. John Dingell’s retirement from the House.




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.

March 7 from 10am-1:00pm

Location: SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

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Unable to attend? Read about it Bloomberg or watch it on C-SPAN.

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Obama's icy relationship with Congress: Can it ever thaw?

Listen Professor James Thurber comment in this report by The Christian Science Monitor’s Francine Kiefer.



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The Nation

Where Have All the Lobbyists Gone?

Prof. James Thurber share his knowledge of the lobbying industry in this article featured in The Nation.

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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
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

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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.

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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:

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Andrew Brannegan

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.

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James Thurber, right, receiving the Hatfield Award

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.

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John F. Kennedy in Dallas on the day of his assassination.

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.

Listen to the Diane Rehm Show

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.

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Senior Fellow Bob Musil featured in the Huffington Post

Cover: Rachel Carson and Her Sisters.

Read Dr. Musil’s column and learn about his new book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment.

Day-After Analysis of State Election Results


Listen to James A. Thurber 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.

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Photo by Jeff Watts

The Impact of the Government Shutdown and Sequestration on the Poor

Miss our event? Watch the video!

CCPS Forum featuring:

Marge Clark
Chief lobbyist for Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (Nuns on the Bus)

Amelia Kegan
Senior Policy Analyst, Bread for the World

Scott Lilly
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.

United States Capitol Building

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.

 Watch the Forum   

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Here’s Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

Listen to James A. Thurber interviewed on NPR about the government shutdown.

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The Shifting Suburbs: Changes in the Nation’s Political Fulcrum

Watch C-SPAN coverage of this joint CCPS-WIPAR conference.

Professor James Thurber on NPR

Listen to Prof. Thurber’s comments on Syria in an interview with NPR’s David Welna

Walter Oleszek appearing on C-SPAN

CCPS Fellow Walter Oleszek honored by the National Capital Area Political Science Association

Congratulations to CCPS Fellow Walter Oleszek, the 2013 recipient of the Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award.

Learn more about Prof. Walter Oleszek

Read this recent Roll Call article about Walter

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CBS Sunday Morning- Behind the Closed Doors of Washington Lobbyists

Watch James Thurber discuss lobbying on CBS Sunday Morning.


Partisan Rancor In The Senate And The Future Of The Filibuster- The Diane Rehm Show

Listen to James A. Thurber discuss the politics of Senate rule changes on WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show.

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NASAA Insight

Read the latest NASAA Insight newsletter, featuring comments from James A. Thurber.

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Students invited to lecture at the European Commission

This year’s European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute class was invited to a recent meeting of the European Commission.

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Lindsey Mears, 2013 Bryce Harlow Foundation Essay Winner

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.

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Politics of Climate Change

Miss our June event? Watch the video.

John F. Kennedy speaking at American University

Commemorations Dot 2013 Calendar

Read Prof. Thurber’s comments in a recent USA Today article about upcoming JFK commemorations.

Professor Thurber to Address CED’s Spring Policy Conference

Professor Thurber is participating in the Committee for Economic Development’s Spring Policy Conference in Washington.

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President Barack Obama

Has President Obama Changed the Way Washington Works?

Read Prof. Thurber’s article on, an online reference guide to African American history compiled by Prof. Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington, Seattle

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Photo by Jeff Watts

President Obama’s Lobbyist Problem

Read Professor Thurber’s blog post for The Bryce Harlow Foundation.


Learn more about the Foundation

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More News from Patchwork Nation

Read the latest from CCPS Fellow and Patchwork Nation’s Dante Chinni, including his most recent article in the Wall Street Journal.


Immigration in Border States

The GOP's Gay Marraige Challenge

The Missing Privacy Constituency

GOP Immigration Dilemma

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Unequal Justice: the Relentless Rise of the 1% Court

Miss our April 8th event? Watch the film

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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

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

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:

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.

Watch Professor Crouch’s latest CPAN interview and read his comments in the New York Times.

Read Professor Crouch's latest interview in the Boston Globe.

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Crouch quoted on Obama pardons

Read Professor Jeffrey Crouch’s comments on President Obama’s recent pardons in The Washington Post.

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Inside the Capitol Dome during the State of the Union

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.

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Experts Surveyed on Congress’ Performance Give The Institution a “C” for 2012

Read the latest from the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

Congress: The Causes and Consequences of Partisanship Deadlock

Read the latest book chapter from the Center on Congressional deadlock

Jaiqi Liang & 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.

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Compromise in Congress to Avert the Fiscal Cliff- The Diane Rehm Show

Listen to James A. Thurber as he joins guests Norm Ornstein and Alice Rivlin to discuss the state of Congress and compromise.

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James A. Thurber appears on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

Professor James Thurber discusses the Electoral College on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

Read Prof. Thurber’s comments in the latest edition of American Magazine

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Peter G. Peterson

The Man Behind the Fiscal Cliff

Prof. James A. Thurber comments in Peter Overby’s NPR story on the man who brought attention to the fiscal cliff.

Also read James A. Thurber's comments in a recent story by NPR's Frank James on campaign finance.

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Forget Creativity: Can Lobbying Be Taught?

Learn about lobbying schools and Prof. Thurber’s views on lobbying education in this piece in The Washington Post.

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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.


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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

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Read the Latest Analysis

Panel James Thurber, Evan Thomas, Jim Newton, Michael Birkner, and Executive Director Carl Reddell

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.

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Patchwork Nation Election Map 2012

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 and some growth of support in the big cities. President Obama, meanwhile, still appears to hold the lead in the crucial suburban counties and to hold great strength in the counties that are a heavy with college students.

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Campaign button: Your Vote Counts

Independents and Swing Voters: Who are they, and will they decide the election?

Miss our lively forum on swing voters in September?

Watch the video!

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Lobbying Remarks in Deutsche Welle

Read Prof. Thurber’s remarks on lobbying in the financial industry in a recent story in Deutsche Welle.

Inside the Capitol Dome during a Congressional session.

What’s Wrong with Congress and What Should Be Done About It?

Read Prof. Thurber’s recent article on Congressional dysfunction.

Barack Obama, left, and Mitt Romney, right

November 8: CCPS Post Election Forum

 Panelists Included:

  • 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.

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Barack Obama, left, and Mitt Romney, right

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.

Obama –Romney Pew Chart

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The Dynamics and Dysfunction of the Congressional Budget Process: From Inception to Deadlock.

Read Prof. James A. Thurber’s latest article on the Congressional Budget Process.

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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.

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Diane Rehm (Photo courtesy of WAMU)

How The Electoral College Works

Listen to James A. Thurber and Jeffrey Rosen on The Diane Rehm Show.

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Table Talk Lunch Series

Miss the CCPS and the Kay Spiritual Life Center Table Talk Lunch Series session on the role of Superpacs?

Watch the video from the Table Talk!

Election and Beyond

Listen to James Thurber’s comments about the campaign featured on German Public Radio, read about separating fact from fiction in Politifact, as well as the tough road ahead for Obama.

The Politics of Employment

Prof. Thurber talks with NPR’s Frank James about what the latest jobs report means for the election.

Evan Kost, 2012 Bryce Harlow Essay Winner

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.

Read Evan's award winning paper.

Students from EPAAI 2012 gather outside of the EU Parliament

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.  

Learn more information about European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute.

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.

Map of 2012 swing states

Election 2012

Review the latest data on swing states in the 2012 election.

Campaigns & Elections: Voter Turnout this November

U.S. Elections and the Two Party System

Lean about the State Department’s efforts in educating the world in our election system, which includes Prof. Thurber’s expertise on the topic.

Award winners Alberico, Benjamin, Thompson, Roll, and Bonosky

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. 

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James Thurber and Natko Vlahovic

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.

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Danny Hayes

“Dude, Where’s my Incumbent?”

CCPS fellow Danny Hayes talks to American Today about redistricting.

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James Thurber in the News


Read Prof. Thurber’s 

and Prof. Nelson's 

latest interviews and learn about other AU newsmakers.

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

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