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7/18/2016 - Professor David Canon talks about Wisconsin's representation at the Republican convention.
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7/18/2016 - Professor Byron Shafer featured in an article by University Communications about attending the party conventions
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7/18/2016 - Professor Howard Schweber discusses what it means to be patriotic in a recent post that ranks the patriotism of the 50 states.
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7/11/2016 - Professor David Canon is cited in this New York Times article about Speaker Paul Ryan his legislative leadership and Donald Trump.
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7/07/2016 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren has recently cited research by Susan Yackee and Simon Haeder on lobbying and rulemaking.
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5/11/2016 - Department mini-retreat: Department priorities and recruitment
5/12/2016 - Political Behavior Group: "The Effects of Non-Cognitive Skills on Political Participation"
Byron Shafer's Home
5/13/2016 - Undergraduate Graduation Reception
9:00 AM Gordon Commons
5/13/2016 - International Relations Colloquium: ¿Together at the Coalface: When, Why, and How Theorists influence Policymakers¿
12:00 PM Ogg Room
9/15/2016 - Department Picnic
Brittingham Park, 829 West Washington Avenue
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Jonathan Renshon, Julia Lee, Dustin Tingley. Emotions and the Micro-Foundations of Commitment Problems in International Politics (accepted at International Organization).    
Jonathan Renshon, Gary Sherman, Julia Lee, Amy Cuddy, Chris Oveis, James Gross, Jennifer Lerner. Leadership and Stress: Leadership is Associated with Lower Levels of Stress (2012), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109/44: 17903-17907.   
Jonathan Renshon. Assessing Capabilities in International Politics: Biased Overestimation and the Case of the Imaginary "Missile Gap" (2009), Journal of Strategic Studies 32/1: 115-147.   
Jonathan Renshon. Mirroring Risk: The Cuban Missile Estimation (2009), Intelligence & National Security 24/3: 315-338.   
Jonathan Renshon. When Public Statements Reveal Private Beliefs: Assessing Operational Codes at a Distance (2009), Political Psychology 30/4: 649/661.   
Aili Tripp Where do African women have more power? Surprise — in countries emerging from war, Monkey Cage, Washington Post. July 15, 2016
Simon Haeder, David Weimer, Dana B. Mukamel . 2016. "Secret Shoppers Find Access To Providers And Network Accuracy Lacking For Those In Marketplace And Commercial Plans." Health Affairs 35 (7):1160-6.
Donald Downs “The Purposes of Higher Education: The Moral Act and Military Education” in Alan I. Marcus, ed.,  Science as Service: Establishing and Reformulating American Land Grand Universities, 1865-1930 (University of Alabama Press, 2015)   
Donald Downs “Liberal Education, Politics, and the Problem of Freedom,” in Daniel Cullen, ed., Liberal Education and Liberal Democracy (Lexington Books, Forthcoming 2016).   
Donald Downs “The Wisconsin Fight for Academic Freedom,” with Stanley G. Payne, Academic Questions, Summer 2016:
Katherine Cramer "The Turn Away from Government and the Need to Revive the Civic Purpose of Higher Education." Perspectives on Politics 14(2): 442-450.   
Geneviève Rousselière (2016) Rousseau on Freedom in Commercial Society, American Journal of Political Science,  60: 352-36.