Keith T. Poole: A Retrospective of His Scholarly Contributions

Co-Directed by Howard Rosenthal, New York University and John A. Maltese, University of Georgia

May 25-26, 2017

(All panels in Room K-L, Georgia Center)

Department of Political Science
School of Public and International Affairs
University of Georgia
Georgia Center for Continuing Education

This conference is made possible by a State-of-the-Art Conference award from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Albert B. Saye Fund, and the School of Public and International Affairs

May 26, 2017 Schedule

7:30 -8:30 Continental Breakfast


8:30-8:45 Introductions by Interim Associate Dean John Maltese, University of Georgia and Interim Dean Robert Grafstein, University of Georgia.

8:45-9:15  Four Decades of Collaboration, Howard Rosenthal, NYU


Panel 1. “It’s All Ideological” (so says Keith T. Poole).

Chair: James Monogan, University of Georgia

9:15-10:00 Nolan McCarty, Princeton University

“The Evolution from a Democratic to Republican South” (with Steven P. Rogers, St. Louis University)

 Discussant: Royce Carroll, University of Essex


(10:00-10:30 Break)


10:30-11:15 Boris Shor, University of Houston

“Polarization in the American States: A 2017 Update”

 Discussant: Rebecca Morton, NYU

11:15-12:00 Gary Cox, Stanford University

“Ideological extremists in the U.S. Congress: Out of step but still in office” (with Adam Bonica, Stanford University)”

Discussant: Larry Rothenberg, University of Rochester.


Lunch 12:00-1:00 (Magnolia)

Students from Keith Poole’s undergraduate class, which is attending the conference, will be spread among the tables during lunch. We appreciate you interacting with them.


Panel 2. Poole Goes Global.

Chair: Thomas Romer, Princeton University


1:15-1:45 Jeffrey Lewis, UCLA, will present the new online software

“Poole in Europe”

1:45-2:30 Simon Hix, LSE, and Abdul Noury, NYU-Abu Dhabi

“Power versus Ideology: Party Switching in the European Parliament”

 Discussant: Ryan Bakker, University of Georgia


2:30-3:00 Coffee Break


Panel 3. Poole and Measurement.

Chair: James Lo, University of Southern California

3:00-3:45 Chris Hare, University of California, Davis

“What Optimal Classification Reveals about Ideological Structure, Cleavages, and Polarization in the American Mass Public”

Discussant: Robert Erikson, Columbia University

3:45-4:30 Adam Bonica, Stanford University

“Inferring Roll Call Scores from Campaign Contributions Using Supervised Machine Learning.”

Discussant: Kevin Quinn, University of California, Berkeley


Concluding Remarks. “It’s All Ideological.”

4:30 Keith Poole, University of Georgia


6:00 p.m. – Dinner

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