Center for the Study of American Politics and Society


Jonathan Woon


The Center for American Politics and Society (CAPS) is housed in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. The center’s primary goal is to promote excellent scholarship in the field of American politics by supporting a number of research activities: 

  1. Inviting nationally-renowned scholars in American politics to present their ongoing work to the department.
  2. Providing material support to graduate students in the Department of Political Science for their research.
  3. Sponsoring the Research in American Politics (RAP) working group that meets every other week during the semester, where students and faculty present their current research series.

CAPS is generously supported by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. If you would like to make a donation supporting CAPS, please contact the director (Jonathan Woon).

On the department's Web site, you will find our schedule of events, links to the papers presented at RAP, and profiles of faculty and graduate students affiliated with CAPS.

Previous Speakers


William G. Howell (Harris School, University of Chicago)
Maggie Penn (Washington University in St. Louis)
John Patty (Washington University in St. Louis)
Kevin Arceneaux (Temple University)


Brandon Bartels (George Washington University)
Kristina Miler (University of Maryland)