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2022 Legislative Studies Conference | June 7-9, 2022

The Carl Albert Congressional Research & Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma is pleased to announce a conference on emerging research in legislative studies to be hosted in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 7-9, 2022.

Wednesday, June 8

Session One | 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Christian Fong (University of Michigan)

The Preference for Reciprocity in Congress

Discussant: Daniel Butler (Washington University in St. Louis)

Session Two | 10 - 11 a.m.

Michael Kistner (University of Houston)

Legislating or Electioneering? The Effect of Electoral Demands on Policy Productivity

Discussant: Jeffrey Lazarus (Georgia State University)

Session Three | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Annelise Russell (University of Kentucky)

Congress in Crisis: Power Inequity and Limited Capacity in the Age of Twitter

Discussant: Danielle Thomsen (University of California, Irvine)

Session Four | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Rachel Porter (University of Notre Dame)

Policy Facts or Partisan Friction?: Explaining Political Communication on America‚Äôs Opioid Epidemic

Discussant: Justin Grimmer (Stanford University)

Poster Session and Break | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Carl Albert Graduate Fellows: Bennie Ashton, Peter McLaughlin and Nathan Barron

Thursday, June 9

Session Five | 9 - 10 .m.

Connor Dye (University of Texas at Austin)

Turf Wars in Congress and the Production of Public Policy                            

Discussant: Sam Workman (University of West Virginia)

Session Six | 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Austin Bussing (Sam Houston State University)

Can Regular Order Reduce Polarization? Unorthodox Legislative Procedures and the Measurement of Ideology (with Joshua Y. Lerner)

Discussant: Steven Smith (Washington University in St. Louis)



Please contact Charles Finocchiaro at or the Carl Albert Center at for more information.