Department of Political Science


Working Paper Series in American Politics

Showcasing leading scholarship by up-and-coming academics (primarily graduate students and post-docs) working in all fields related to US politics and policy.


2023 Working Papers

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Geneva Cole (University of Chicago). "White Identity and Support for Racially Inclusive Political Projects." 

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Paul Platzman (Columbia University). "Social Network Heterogeneity and Partisan Affect, Partisan Stereotyping, and Policy Preference Constraint."

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Joshua Ferrer (UCLA). "Do Local Elections Improve Government Performance? Evidence from Election Administration."

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Jasmine English (MIT). "Dilemmas of Accommodation: Diverse Associations and the Avoidance of Difference"

Submission guidelines

The aim of the series is to feature leading scholarship by up-and-coming scholars (primarily, graduate students and post-docs) working in all fields related to US politics and policy.

Submissions will be reviewed internally, and papers judged to be among the most promising will be featured as part of the CUSP working paper series online and shared and distributed via our popular @CUSP_ucl Twitter feed. Drafts must be currently unpublished, with the aim of later submitting to top scholarly journals in the discipline.

To apply, we ask that you submit your chosen work (in PDF or Word format), a brief author(s) biography (100 words or less), and your full contact details. All articles should be less than 10,000 words and be accompanied on the first page with a title and abstract (150 words or less).

Submissions were due Monday, Feb 20, 2023. If selected, you will have heard from us by early March.

Due to the expected volume of submissions, we unfortunately cannot provide individualized feedback to articles not chosen for the series. Please note that authors retain all rights to the material, and ownership remains theirs alone.