Geoffrey M. Lorenz defends his Ph.D. dissertation in Political Science

Congratulations to Geoffrey M. Lorenz for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation in Political Science at the University of Michigan. I have worked with Geoff since his first year at Michigan and it has been a pleasure every step of the way. Next he will be moving on to a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia.

The committee (left to right): Richard Hall, Ken Kollman, myself, and Chuck Shipan.

Talk at Book Culture (112th) in New York City on Wednesday, March 4

On Wednesday, March 4, from 7pm to 8:30pm, I will be giving a book talk at Book Culture (112th) in New York City about Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11, co-authored with Fabio Rojas.  More information is here:
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Mediating Religion and Government

Congratulations to Elizabeth Oldmixon and Kevin R. den Dulk, whose co-edited book, Mediating Religion and Government, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillian. I had the honor of co-writing one of the chapters with Elizabeth, which is titled, “Political Rhetoric and Institutional Structures:
Religious Advocacy in the US Congress”. It is available for purchase here:  My contribution is available here:

Congressman John Dingell Retires

Congressman John David Dingell, Jr., Democrat from the 12th District of Michigan, announced his retirement from Congress last week, after having served for 58 years.  At the time of his retirement, he had the longest uninterrupted Congressional tenure in US history.  For many years, he was Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives.  Here is a picture of me with Chairman Dingell in 2008 when I was a fellow on the staff of his committee.