Research in Political Science (RiPS)

Research in Political Science (RiPS) is the political science department's weekly research brownbag. Scholars present ongoing research on topics covering all areas of political science and related fields.


RiPS presentations follow two formats. Attendees are asked to come to the RiPS meeting having read any materials circulated in advance and to be prepared with questions/feedback for the presenter(s).

  1. Memo. A 1-2 page memo detailing a specific area or obstacle on which the presenter is seeking feedback. Memos will be disseminated on Mondays prior to the RiPS meeting, which will feature two memos for a half-hour each.
  2. Working Paper. A working paper, draft book/dissertation chapter, or similar product. The meeting begins with a 10-12 minute conference-style presentation before proceeding to Q&A for the remainder of the hour. Working papers will be disseminated on Fridays prior to the RiPS meeting.

Graduate Student Presenters

Graduate students funded by the department who are beyond their first year are added to our regular rotation of presenters. Graduate students are encouraged to register for course credit for their RiPS participation (POLS 892, be sure to register for the correct section).

Schedule, Fall 2023

RiPS meets most Wednesdays during the academic year at 12:30 p.m. in Oldfather 538.

Date Presenters
9/6 Welcome back; Introductions; Organization
9/13 Alice Kang, "Gender and Children's Perceptions of Leadership in Nigeria" (with Adebusola Okedele and Jill Greenlee)
9/20 Taylor Gold, "The impact of complexity and heuristic incongruence between self-interest and party indentification in ballot measure environments" (with Alex Hall and Beth Theiss-Morse)
9/27 Courtney Hillebrecht, "Mitigating Backlash and Promoting Cooperation: The ICC Beyond the Courtroom" (with Brian D. Greenhill)
10/4 Noah Schimenti, "Anti-system CSOs and Opposition Legislative Seat Share in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes"
10/11 Makayla Wendland, “Introducing the Tracking of Terrorist Organization Splintering (TOTOS) Dataset”
10/18 Joseph Maestas, TBA
10/25 Tyler White, TBA
11/1 Ingrid Haas, "Ideology & Risk: the Neuroscience of Nuclear Reversal" (with Noelle Troutman and Rupal Mehta)
11/8 Rachel Urban, TBA
11/15 Dona-Gene Barton, TBA
11/22 Thanksgiving (No RiPS)
11/29 Susie Pratt & Brianna Martinez
12/6 John Jostes & Fatima Aigbomian


Faculty coordinator Dr. Geoff Lorenz can add you to the RiPS listserv and answer questions.