Politics, Sandwiches, and Comments

PSAC is a workshop of the Cornell Department of Government for research primarily in American politics, comparative politics, and international relations. PSAC seminars feature papers from department graduate students and faculty and from scholars at other universities. These sessions allow students, faculty, and guests to engage in lively debate and discussion on diverse topics from different subfields of political science.

All are welcome. Interested graduate students and faculty in any field are encouraged to join us. The workshop meets in-person on most Fridays, from 12:30pm-2:00pm in White Hall 106, unless otherwise noted below.

For questions regarding the 2022-2023 PSAC talks, please contact Michael Kriner (mk2537@cornell.edu).

2022-2023 PSAC Speaker Series


  • September 2 – Vincent Mauro (Cornell, practice job talk), “Party Systems, Inequality, and Redistribution” 
  • September 9 – No PSAC
  • September 13 (**Tuesday, Rockefeller 112, 12:30-2:00 PM**) – Jonas Pontusson (University of Geneva), “Inequality, Income Growth and Preferences for Redistribution in Contemporary Europe,” with IES
  • September 16 – APSA (No PSAC)
  • September 22 (**Thursday, at 12:30 PM, Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Avenue**) – Nick Kuipers (National University of Singapore), “Meritocracy Reconsidered: Bureaucratic Selection and Nation-Building in Indonesia,” with SEAP Gatty
  • September 23 – Sarah Greenberg (Cornell, practice job talk), “Disobedient Interpretation: Democratic Moments in the Biblical Monarchy with and Against Spinoza”
  • September 30 – Samantha Majic (John Jay College, CUNY), “Studying Sex Work & Online Platforms”
  • October 7 – Fall Break (No PSAC)
  • October 14 – Lindsey Pruett (Cornell, practice job talk),"Resisting the Blood Tax: Coercive Capacity, Railroads and Draft Evasion in Colonial West Africa" 
  • October 21 – Jeremy Ladd (Cornell, practice job talk), “Advertising Challengers: The Unintended Costs of Repression in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes in the Social Media Era”
  • October 27 (**Thursday, at 12:30PM, Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Avenue**) – Eddy Malesky (Duke), “Who Wants to Learn about Globalization? A Field Experiment in Vietnam,” with SEAP Gatty
  • October 28 – EGAP Workshop (No PSAC)
  • November 4 – Marwa Shalaby (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Ask and You Shall Receive: Executive Compliance with Parliamentary Queries in Jordan's Authoritarian Regime”]
  • November 11 – Anton Jäger (KU Leuven), “The Political Theory of American Populism”
  • November 18 – Niloufer Siddiqui (University at Albany, SUNY), “Misinformation and Anti-Minority Vigilantism: An Experiment in India and Pakistan”
  • November 25 – Thanksgiving (No PSAC) 
  • December 2 – Arturas Rozenas (NYU), “Oligarchy Through Representation: The Political Origins of Chinese Democracy”
  • December 5 (**Monday, 1:15-2:45 PM**) – Chloe Thurston (Northwestern), Title TBD with Brooks


  • January 27  – Alexandra Zeitz (Concordia), “Accountable to Whom? Public Opinion of Aid Conditionality in Recipient Countries”
  • February 3 – Isaac Kamola (Trinity College), Title TBD
  • February 10 – James Loxton (University of Sydney), “The Puzzle of Panamanian Exceptionalism”
  • February 17 – Isaac Kardon (U.S. Naval War College), “China's Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order”
  • February 24 – February Break (No PSAC)
  • March 3 – Deva Woodly (The New School), Title TBD
  • March 10 – Thea Riofrancos (Providence College), “Extraction: The Frontiers of Green Capitalism”
  • March 17 – Patricia Posey (University of Chicago), “Mapping the Fringe Economy: How the Fringe Economy Shapes Inclusion”
  • March 24 – Sharece Thrower (Vanderbilt University), “Gubernatorial Power in the American States”
  • March 31 – Spring Break (No PSAC)
  • April 7 – Spring Break (No PSAC)
  • April 14 – Zoltán I. Búzás (University of Notre Dame), “Racism and Hegemonic Legitimation Struggles”
  • April 21 – Rachel Whitlark (Georgia Institute of Technology), “Strategies of Counterproliferation”
  • April 28 – Rachel Blum (University of Oklahoma), “Asymmetric Movement-Factions in American Party Politics”
  • May 5  –  Sarah Thompson (Stanford), “Modern Traditions: Compliance and Legitimacy in Tribal Communities of Pakistan”