The 16th Annual: State Politics and Policy Conference   •   May 19 - 21, 2016   •   UT Dallas

Program


Thursday, May 19, 2016

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm REGISTRATION (Hyatt Hotel)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm WELCOME RECEPTION (Hyatt Hotel)

Friday, May 20, 2016

7:30 am – 4:00 pm REGISTRATION (CN Lobby)
7:30 am - 8:30 am BREAKFAST (CN Lobby)
8:30 am - 10:00 am PANELS 1A, 1B, AND 1C
Panel 1A: State Courts (CN 1.102)

DISCUSSANT: CHRIS BONNEAU, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

  • The Effect of Judicial Campaigns on Judicial Decisionmaking
    • Michael Nelson, Pennsylvania State University
  • They Had it Coming?: Court Visibility and Court-Curbing Legislation
    • Justin Kingsland, Georgia State University
    • Meghan Leonard, Illinois State University
    • Joseph Ross, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Polarizing the Bench? Considering the Influence of Party on State High Courts
    • Jason Windett, Saint Louis University
    • Morgan Hazelton, Saint Louis University
    • Matthew Hall, University of Notre Dame
  • State Constitutions and State Courts: How Supreme Courts Respond to Constitutional Revision
    • Adam Brown, Brigham Young University
Panel 1B: Direct Democracy (CN 1.120)

DISCUSSANT: MICHAEL BINDER, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

  • Temporal Dynamics and Strategic Design of Referenda
    • Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, University of Rhode Island
    • Carrie Gill, University of Rhode Island
    • Corey Lang, University of Rhode Island
  • Voter Recall of Ballot Measures
    • Craig Burnett, Hofstra University
    • Janine Parry, University of Arkansas
    • Jay Barth, Hendrix College
  • At the Threshold of Awareness: Explaining Public Recognition of Ballot Measures
    • Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside
    • Stephen Nicholson, University of California, Merced
  • Mary Jane Rocks the Vote: Analyzing the Impact of Geographic Context on Turnout and Support for Cannabis Initiatives
    • Regina Branton, University of North Texas
    • Victoria Knaupp, University of North Texas
Panel 1C: Intergovernmental Relations (HH 2.502)

DISCUSSANT: ADAM MYERS, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

  • Return of the “Rightful Remedy”: Nullification Legislation in the American States
    • Adam Olson, University of Minnesota
    • Timothy Callaghan, University of Minnesota
    • Andrew Karch, University of Minnesota
  • Unpacking State Legislative-Local Government Relationships
    • Ann Bowman, Texas A&M University
  • Rebalancing Federalism in the 21st Century: Original Intent, Constitutional Foundations, and Intergovernmental Change
    • Michael W. Hail, Morehead State University
10:00 am - 10:15 am COFFEE BREAK (CN Lobby)

**Coffee break sponsored by STATA.
10:15 am - 11:45 am PANELS 2A, 2B, AND 2C
Panel 2A: Race and Ethnic Politics (CN 1.102)

DISCUSSANT: SHANNA PEARSON, UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

  • Revisiting Majority-Minority Districts and Descriptive Representation: A View from the States
    • Daniel Smith, University of Florida
    • William Hicks, Appalachian State University
    • Seth McKee, Texas Tech University
    • Carl Klarner, Independent Scholar
  • The (Dis)Enfranchisement of the Poor, Minority Voters: The Case of Early Voting Site Selection in Texas
    • Markie McBrayer, University of Houston
    • Lucas Williams, University of Houston
    • Andrea Eckelman, University of Houston
  • Social Capital, Racial Context, and Segregation: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Determinants of Social Capital
    • Daniel Hawes, Kent State University
  • The Invisible Poor? Where, When, and Why States Pay Attention to Poverty
    • Jamila Michener, Cornell University
Panel 2B: Efficacy and Advocacy in State Politics (CN 1.120)

DISCUSSANT: JANINE PARRY, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

  • Interest Groups with National and Subnational Branches: Cohesion or Conflict?
    • Jaclyn Kettler, Boise State University
    • Ngoc Phan, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Donor Dynamics: Patterns of Campaign Contributions in State Legislative Races
    • Jonathan Winburn, University of Mississippi
    • Salvatore Russo, California State University, Dominguez Hills
    • Zachary Baumann, Pennsylvania State University
  • Feelings of Efficacy in State Politics
    • Jennifer Wolak, University of Colorado
    • Corey Barwick, University of Colorado
Panel 2C: Local Policy (HH 2.502)

DISCUSSANT: VLADIMIR KOGAN, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Causal Attributions in Cases of Police Misconduct and Public Unrest
    • Mark Joslyn, University of Kansas
    • Donald Haider-Markel, University of Kansas
  • School Litigation, Legal Remedies, and Judicial Federalism: The Challenge of Vergara
    • James Clinger, Murray State University
  • What Affects State Government Grants of Local Authority?
    • Jeffrey Swanson, Florida State University
    • Charles Barrilleaux, Florida State University
11:45 am - 1:15 pm LUNCH (CN Lobby)

**STEVE BOILARD, California State University, Sacramento, will present an award for work using the California Elections Data Archive (CEDA).
11:45 am - 4:00 pm POSTER SET-UP (ATC Lobby)

**The lobby of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building will be available during this time for those wanting to set-up their poster presentations.
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm PANELS 3A, 3B, AND 3C
Panel 3A: Immigration Policy (CN 1.102)

DISCUSSANT: JASON CASELLAS, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

  • The Federalism of Immigration: Evaluating State Responses to the Federal Policies
    • John McIver, University of Texas
  • State Welfare Policy and Immigrant Populations: A Test of Competing Explanations
    • Anne Whitesell, Pennsylvania State University
    • Michael Berkman, Pennsylvania State University
  • Conflicting Constituencies: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and Why States Pass Pro-Immigrant Policies
    • Michael Rivera, University of Texas
Panel 3B: Voters in State and Federal Elections (CN 1.120)

DISCUSSANT: STAN OKLOBDZIJA, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

  • In Voters’ Minds, Are All Politics Really Local? Comparing Voters’ Knowledge of National and Local Politics
    • Michael Binder, University of North Florida
    • Matthew Childers, University of North Florida
    • Andrew Hopkins, University of North Florida
    • Colleen Hampsey, University of North Florida
  • The Cost of Voting in the American States
    • Scot Schraufnagel, Northern Illinois University
    • Michael Pomante, Northern Illinois University
    • Quan Li, Wuhan University
  • The Value of Political Endorsements: Who Matters? Who Doesn’t?
    • Darin Dewitt, California State University, Long Beach
    • Matthew D. Atkinson, Miami University
  • Contestation, Incongruence, and the Autonomy of State Legislative Elections
    • Adam Myers, Providence College
Panel 3C: State Legislatures: Complications and Consequences (HH 2.502)

DISCUSSANT: CHRIS MOONEY, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD

  • Consequences of Committee Jurisdiction Reorganization in State Legislatures
    • Todd Makse, Florida International University
  • Legislative Productivity in the States
    • Nate Birkhead, Kansas State University
  • Is Divided Government a Cause of Legislative Gridlock?
    • Justin Phillips, Columbia University
    • Patricia Kirkland, Columbia University
  • The Use of Gatekeeping in State Legislatures
    • Emily Schilling, Washington University in St. Louis
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm COFFEE BREAK (CN Lobby)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ROUNDTABLE ON TEACHING STATE POLITICS (HH 2.402)
Tips, Tools, and Techniques of the Trade presented by:

  • Michael Binder, University of North Florida
  • Shannon Jenkins, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Justin Kirkland, University of Houston
  • Janine Parry, University of Arkansas
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm COMPREHENSIVE POSTER SESSION (ATC Lobby)
Policies and Policymaking

DISCUSSANT: JAMES CLINGER, MURRAY STATE

  • The Second Stage of the Policymaking Game: The Effect of State Political Institution on Regulatory Discretion
    • Mona Vakilifathi, University of California, San Diego
  • The Third House: Group Bills in the California State Legislature
    • Mary Kroeger, Princeton University
  • Killing the Common Core: A 50 State Analysis of State Policymaking
    • Matthew Malone, Auburn University
  • Is It Politics or Is It Measurement? Analyzing State-Level Immigration Policies
    • Amanda Durso, University of Illinois at Chicago
Elections

DISCUSSANT: CRAIG BURNETT, HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

  • Beyond NVRA Compliance: State Responses to the Demand of Voter Registration
    • Thessalia Merivaki, University of Florida
  • Parties, Protests, and Political Opportunity: State Primary Elections as Political Opportunity
    • Kevin Reuning, Pennsylvania State University
  • State Election Reform Laws and Voting Cultures, Mobilization, and Voter Turnout
    • Michael Ritter, University of Iowa
Courts and the Law

DISCUSSANT: BILLY MONROE, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

  • The Diffusion of the Law in the American States
    • Abigail Rury, University of Iowa
  • Political Polarization and Federalism: An Empirical Analysis
    • Jay Medina, Florida State University
  • Friends of the State Courts: Interest Groups and State Courts of Last Resort
    • Jared Perkins, University of North Texas
Executive Politics

DISCUSSANT: SALVATORE RUSSO, CALIFORNIA STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS

  • Variation in State Bureaucratic Professionalism: A Matter of Personal Preference?
    • Denise Lillvis, University of Michigan
  • Bargaining to the Bitter End: Legislative Inaction Over Redistricting
    • John Curiel, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • The Role of Religion in Executive Policymaking
    • A. Diana Forster, University of Florida
    • Mitchell Sellers, University of Florida
  • He Shall, She Shall: Examining Gender Differences in Gubernatorial Policy Agendas and Success
    • Samantha Guthrie, American University
Public Opinion

DISCUSSANT: CHRISTOPHER WARSHAW, MIT

  • Forming Attitudes in Law Information Environments: How People Use Cues to Help Inform Opinions on State Legislatures
    • Stefani Langehennig, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Joseph Zamadics, University of Colorado Boulder
  • How Obamacare has Altered State-Level Public Opinion on Medicaid
    • Renu Singh, Georgetown University
  • Support for Preschool Expansion Among Louisiana Adults
    • John Clawson, Louisiana State University
Legislators: Rules and Effects

DISCUSSANT: TODD MAKSE, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

  • The Heavenly Chorus Sings Shutdown: Extremism and Political Fundraising
    • Stan Oklobdzija, University of California, San Diego
  • The Citizen-Legislator Myth: How Electoral Reforms Increased Incumbency Effects
    • Kevin Fahey, Florida State University
  • Washington Style Exported to State Legislatures: State Legislators Campaigning in Ballot Elections
    • Marie-Catherine Wavreille, University of California, San Diego
  • Female Candidates Success and Term Limits
    • Samantha Pettey, University of North Texas
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DINNER (ATC Lobby)

**TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA will deliver the keynote speech.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

7:30 am - 8:30 am BREAKFAST (CN Lobby)
8:30 am - 10:00 am PANELS 4A, 4B, 4C, AND 4D
Panel 4A: Methods (CN 1.102)

DISCUSSANT: JAMIE MONOGAN, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

  • Dealing with Separation in Logistic Regression Models
    • Carlisle Rainey, Texas A&M University
  • Is Racial Threat in the Eye of the Researcher? Theory, Definitions, and Measurement in the State-Level Immigration Policy Literature
    • Alexandra Filindra, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, University of Rhode Island
    • Amanda D’Urso, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Surveying State Legislators: Views on the Profession, K-12 Education, and Choice-based Reforms
    • Paul Diperna, Friedman Foundation
  • Tweeting in the Lone Star State: Locating State Politicians in a Common Space using Twitter Followers
    • Santiago Alles, Rice University
    • Mark P. Jones, Rice University
Panel 4B: Gender and State Politics (CN 1.120)

DISCUSSANT: KRISTIN KANTHAK, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

  • Donor Networks and the Influence of Women Candidates in Political Parties
    • Jaclyn Kettler, Boise State University
  • An Upward Trajectory?: Explaining Fluctuations in Women’s Representation in the U.S. States
    • Tracy Osborn, University of Iowa
    • Rebecca Kreitzer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • You've Got a Woman Friendly District in Pennsylvania: Exploring Gendered Geography in State Legislative Elections
    • Nicholas Pyeatt, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
    • Alixandra Yanus, High Point University
Panel 4C: State Legislators: Representatives and Decisionmaking (HH 2.402)

DISCUSSANT: SCOTT SCHRAUFNAGEL, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

  • Sources of Legislative Proposals: A Survey
    • Rick Farmer, Extra Point Productions
  • Legislative Pay in the American States and Individual Retirement Decisions
    • Benjamin Melusky, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Who You Are or Who You Represent: What Wins District Spending in the States?
    • Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
    • Gerald Gamm, University of Rochester
  • What Makes a Decision Difficult for State Legislators?
    • Kristin O’Donovan, Wayne State University
    • Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, Wayne State University
    • Steven Betz, Wayne State University
Panel 4D: Partisanship and Policymaking (HH 2.502)

DISCUSSANT: EMILY SCHILLING, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

  • The Role of Voters and Partisanship in Elite Compromises
    • Sarah Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Daniel Butler, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Laurel Harbridge, Northwestern University
  • Legislative Party Polarization and Trust in State Legislatures
    • Kevin Banda, University of Nevada, Reno
    • Justin Kirkland, University of Houston
  • Estimating Party Competition in the U.S. States
    • Zachary Baumann, Pennsylvania State University
    • Michael Nelson, Pennsylvania State University
    • Kevin Reuning, Pennsylvania State University
  • Polarization and Executive Policymaking: Evidence from the American States
    • Michael Barber, Brigham Young University
    • Alexander Bolton, Duke University
    • Sharece Thrower, University of Pittsburgh
10:00 am - 10:15 am COFFEE BREAK (CN Lobby)
10:15 am - 11:45 am PANELS 5A, 5B, 5C, AND 5D
Panel 5A: Redistricting (CN 1.102)

DISCUSSANT: JONATHAN WINBURN, UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

  • Considering the Prospects for Identifying a Gerrymandering Standard
    • Michael McDonald, Binghamton University
    • Robin Best, Binghamton University
  • Legislators, Commissioners, and Traditional Redistricting Principles
    • Michael Crespin, University of Oklahoma
    • Barry Edwards, University of Central Florida
  • Quantifying Tradeoffs in Redistricting through Clustering
    • Justin Levitt, University California, San Diego
Panel 5B: Morality Policy and Culture Wars (CN 1.120)

DISCUSSANT: JACLYN KETTLER, BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Right to Choose? Top-Down Women’s Health Policy Diffusion and Partisan Politics
    • Matthew Ward, University of Houston
    • Andrea Eckelman, University of Houston
  • State and Local Non-Discrimination Laws in Post-Obergefell Era
    • Alexander Wathen, University of Houston, Downtown
  • Analyzing State Level Variance
    • Michael New, Ave Maria University
Panel 5C: Presidential Primaries (HH 2.402)

DISCUSSANT: SHANNON JENKINS, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

  • First in the South: The Importance of South Carolina in Presidential Politics
    • Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University
    • Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston
    • Seth McKee, Texas Tech University
  • Primary Voters and Polarization: The Case of New Hampshire
    • Joshua Dyck, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    • Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, University of Rhode Island
  • Candidate Favorability and Elite Sentiment in the New Hampshire Primary
    • John Cluverius, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Panel 5D: Vertical and Horizontal Influences in a Federal System (HH 2.502)

DISCUSSANT: EUEL ELLIOTT, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

  • Controlling Disasters: Local Emergency Management Perceptions About Federal Emergency Management and Homeland Security Actions Since September 11, 2001
    • Sean Hildebrand, Ball State University
  • Playing it Safe: An Exploration of How County Managers Camouflage their Political Leanings
    • Craig Burnett, Hofstra University
    • Christopher Prentice, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • The Diffusion of Scientific Policy Innovations: How Salience and Controversy Contribute to State Adoptions
    • Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, University of Kentucky
    • Andrew Karch, University of Minnesota
11:45 am – 1:30 pm LUNCH (CN Lobby)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm PANELS 6A, 6B, AND 6C
Panel 6A: Political and Policy Dynamics (CN 1.102)

DISCUSSANT: TOM BRUNELL, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

  • The Effects of Electoral Cycles on Changes in Tax Rates, Expected Taxes, and Tax Collections
    • Richard Winters, Dartmouth College
    • Carlisle Rainey, Texas A&M University
    • Kevin Stout, University of New York, Buffalo
  • Contagious Republicanism in North Carolina and Louisiana, 1966-2008
    • Trey Hood , University of Georgia
    • Jamie Monogan, University of Georgia
  • Dynamic Democracy: Citizens, Politicians, and Policymaking in the American States, 1936-2004
    • Chris Warshaw, MIT
    • Devin Caughey, MIT
Panel 6B: Judicial Elections (CN 1.120)

DISCUSSANT: MICHAEL NELSON, PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Competition and Regional Impact in Contributions to State Supreme Court Campaigns
    • Brent Boyea, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Judicial Primary Elections: An Exploratory Analysis
    • Billy Monroe, Prairie View A&M University
  • Judicial Labor Market Signaling: How Elected Judges Dissent
    • Bennet Min, University of Texas at Dallas
  • The Effectiveness of PAC Contribution Limits in Judicial Elections
    • Joseph Ross, Florida Gulf University
    • Meghan Leonard, Illinois State University
Panel 6C: Voter Turnout, Voting Behavior, and Accountability (HH 2.502)

DISCUSSANT: JASON WINDETT, SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY

  • A Critical Evaluation of the Stickiness of Party Registration: A Comparative Approach
    • Matthew Thornburg, University of South Carolina Aiken
  • The Consequence of Election Timing
    • Vladimir Kogan, Ohio State University
    • Stephanie Lavertu, Ohio State University
    • Zachary Peskowitz, Emory University
  • Timing the Habit: Voter Registration and Turnout in the American States
    • Enrijeta Shino, University of Florida
    • Daniel Smith, University of Florida
  • Accountability in State Legislative Primary Elections
    • Steven Rogers, Saint Louis University
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm CLOSING REMARKS (CN 1.112)

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