Seminar | Insights You Can Use from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES)

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst

The Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES)  is a 50,000+ person national stratified sample survey administered every year (and twice in election years) by YouGov. Many UMass faculty are involved in this study, and this panel will highlight what some are finding, as well as how they are engaging with wider policy and voting publics to share their analysis.

  • Do Bans Bind Bystanders? Stigma, Public Opinion and the Nuclear Ban Treaty | Charli Carpenter, PhD
  • Who Should Decide the Party's Nominee? Understanding Public Attitudes toward Primary Elections | Ray La Raja, PhD
  • "Pictures in their Heads?"White Racial Attitudes, College Athletes, and Support for NCAA Policy Reform | Tatishe M. Nteta, PhD
  • Understanding Racial Bias Among Jurors | Douglas Rice, PhD

Cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, Institute for Social Science Research, and Public Engagement Project at UMass Amherst.

RSVP required. A light lunch will be provided.


Charli Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her teaching and research interests include the politics of war law, transnational advocacy networks, protection of civilians, humanitarian disarmament, and the role of popular culture in global human security policy. She has a particular interest in the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security.

Ray La Raja is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst. His areas of expertise include political parties, interest groups, campaign finance, elections, political participation, American state and local politics, public policy and political reform. He is co-founder and former co-editor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Campaign Finance Institute. He was past president of the Political Organizations and Parties section of the American Political Science Association.   He is co-author, with Brian Schaffner, of Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail (Univ. of Michigan Press 2015), which was the winner of the Virginia Gray Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association's State Politics and Policy section. He has a forthcoming co-authored book with Brian Schaffner and Jesse Rhodes on inequality in local politics with Cambridge University Press.  He is Associate Director of the UMass Poll, which conducts public opinion research in Massachusetts and the United States to inform policymaking.  

Tatishe M. Nteta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst. His research and teaching is situated within the subfield of American politics and examines the impact that the sociopolitical incorporation of the nation's minority population has on public opinion, political behavior, and political campaigns.  His work has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Political Psychology, Political Communication, American Politics Research, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly.

Douglas Rice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Legal Studies program at UMass Amherst, where he researches and teaches on judicial policymaking in American politics, with a particular interest in the power of courts in the policy process and in American democracy. His work has appeared in Journal of Politics, American Politics Research, Journal of Law and Courts, Law and Society Review, and Political Science Research & Methods, and his forthcoming book --- Lighting the Way: Federal Courts, Civil Rights, and Public Policy --- will be published by the University of Virginia Press.