May 8-9: Conference on Special Interests in American Politics at U of Michigan

Please join me next week (May 8-9) for a conference at the University of Michigan on “The Role of Special Interests in American Politics”. The conference is co-organized by Rick Hall, Geoff Lorenz, and myself. It is free and open to the public.  The event page is here:

Presenters include Frank Baumgartner, Rachel Best, Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Daniel Carpenter, John de Figueiredo, Lee Drutman, Matt Grossmann, Beth Leech, Corrine McConnaughy, Rob Mickey, Mark Mizruchi, Brian Richter, Kay Schlozman, Robert Van Houweling, Edward Walker, and Susan Webb Yackee.


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: