The American Politics Research Lab (APRL) supports basic research, educational activities, and public engagement on issues related to American politics. Lab faculty, student fellows, and affiliates pursue scholarly activities over a broad range of topics, utilizing a wide variety of research methodologies and analysis. Current lab projects include research on political behavior, state and local politics, and political agendas and recurring legislation in the U.S. Congress. The Lab is also home to the annual Colorado Political Climate survey. APRL hosts a seminar series that includes talks by lab associates as well as distinguished scholars doing work related to the study of American politics.

Upcoming Speakers

Colloquium Series

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017: John Griffin and Grace Sager, University of Colorado: "Testing the Limits of Representation: Senator Responsiveness to Anti-Slavery Petitions 1835-1847"
    • Location: Ketchum 1B31
    • Time: 12:00-1:00PM
  • Friday, October 6, 2017: John Wilkerson, University of Washington: "How Laws are Made: A Computational Examination of Legislative Markup and Amending Activity"
    • Location: Ketchum 1B31
    • Time: 11:45-1:00PM
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017: David Campbell, University of Notre Dame: "Godless Politics: The Politics of Secularism in the United States"
    • Location: Old Main Chapel
    • Time: 12:00-1:15PM
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017: Joseph Zamadics, University of Colorado: "State Pressure and Senate Bill Sponsorship: Using State Newspaper Coverage to Track Regional Issue Salience"
    • Location: Ketchum 1B31
    • Time: 12:45-1:50PM
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Christina Ladam, University of Colorado: "Making Deliberation Work"
    • Location: APRL Lab (Ketchum 382)
    • Time: 1:00-2:00PM
  • Friday, December 8, 2017: Chinnu Parinandi, Mark Trautmann, and Stefani Langehennig, University of Colorado: "Assessing the Drivers of Policy Diffusion among Individual State Legislators"
    • Location: Ketchum 1B31
    • Time: 12:00-1:00PM
  • Friday, January 26, 2018: Elisabeth Gerber, University of Michigan
    • Location: Ketchum 1B31
    • Time: 11:45-1:00PM

give

Click here for the guidelines to apply for the APRL Research Grant.

Click here to view the slides from our March 2 event -- The 2016 Elections: What Just Happened?

Click here to view the topline report for the 2016 Colorado Political Climate survey!