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2016 Congress and History Conference

The 2016 Congress and History Conference was held Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

Thursday, June 16

9:00 – 10:20 a.m. | PANEL ONE: THE PATH FROM BILL TO LAW
Keith Gaddie, Chair (University of Oklahoma)

The Politics of Conciliation: Resolving Inter-Cameral Differences in the U.S. Congress

Authors:    Hong Min Park (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
                   Steven Smith (Washington University in St. Louis)
                   Ryan Vander Wielen (Temple University)

Discussant: Bruce Oppenheimer (Vanderbilt)

Quantitative Modeling Strategies for Analysis of Path Dependence

Authors:    Ira Katznelson (Columbia University)
                   Gregory Wawro (Columbia University)

Discussant: Sam Workman (University of Oklahoma)

 

10:30 – 11:50 a.m. | PANEL TWO: THE ELECTORAL CONNECTION
 Scott Frisch, Chair (Cal State Channel Islands)

Your Obd't Servant: War Pensions and Constituency Service in the Jacksonian-Era Congress

Author: John Baughman (Bates College)

Discussant: Kate Krimmel (Boston University)

The Rise of the Personal Vote in Congress: A Theory of Institutional Development

Author: Charles Finocchiaro (University of South Carolina)

Discussant: Richard Bensel (Cornell) (Comments)

 

1:10 – 2:30 p.m. | PANEL THREE: CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY
Colleen Shogan, Chair (Library of Congress)

Socializing as Lobbying during the Jeffersonian Era

Authors: Greg Caldeira (Ohio State University)
                William Massengill (Ohio State University)
                William Minozzi (Ohio State University)

Discussant: John Henderson (Yale)

An Inter-Branch Arms Race: Presidential Activism and the Evolution of Professional Staff in Congress

Authors: Anthony Madonna (University of Georgia)
                Ian Ostrander (Michigan State University)

Discussant: Craig Goodman (University of Houston-Victoria)

 

2:45 – 4:05 p.m. | PANEL FOUR: THE U.S. SENATE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Maxwell Palmer, Chair (Boston University)

Tabling Motions and Voting Coalitions in the Antebellum House

Author: Chris Den Hartog (CalPoly)

Discussant: Tony Madonna (University of Georgia)

Unprecedented: Informal Rules and Leader Power in the United States Senate

Author: James Wallner (United States Senate)

Discussant: Jason Roberts (North Carolina)

 

4:20 – 5:40 p.m. | ROUNDTABLE: THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
Ron Peters, Chair (University of Oklahoma)

Panelists: Jeff Jenkins (University of Virginia) 
                  John Lawrence (University of California Washington Center)
                  Frances Lee (University of Maryland)
                  Charles Stewart (MIT)

Friday, June 17

9:00 – 10:20 a.m. | PANEL FIVE: THE HOUSE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Cindy Simon Rosenthal, Chair (University of Oklahoma)

     The Deinstitutionalization of the House of Representatives

Authors: Charles Stewart (MIT)
                Jeff Jenkins (University of Virginia)

Discussant: William Ewell (Stonehill College)

     Was Gillett the Best Man the House Could Get?

Authors: Brian Gaines (University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign)
                Gisela Sin (University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign)

Discussant: Joel Sievert (Duke)

 

10:30 – 11:50 a.m. | PANEL SIX: CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS
David Karol, Chair (University of Maryland)

     Candidates, Money, and Polarization in U.S. House Elections, 1872-2014

Authors: Jamie Carson (University of Georgia)
                Mark Owens (APSA Congressional Fellow and UT-Tyler)
                Joel Sievert (Duke)
                Ryan Williamson (University of Georgia)

Discussant: Patrick Tucker (Washington University in St. Louis)

     Congressional Incumbents and Newspaper Coverage

Authors: Pamela Ban (Harvard)
                James Snyder (Harvard)
                Andrew Hall (Stanford)

Discussant: Robert Erikson (Columbia)