News from the Center
Lauren Cohen, a fifth-year Carl Albert Fellow, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, beginning with the fall 1999 semester. Cohen is now in the process of completing her dissertation, "Warring Factions: Senators, Nominees, and Interest Groups in the Senate Confirmation Process." An essay based on her dissertation research, "Missing in Action: Interest groups and federal judicial appointments," was published in the November-December 1998 issue of Judicature.
Associate Director Gary Copeland, Assistant Professor Keith Gaddie, and Carl Albert Fellow Craig Williams served as editors of The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics 1999-2000, the second volume in a new series published by the Oklahoma Political Science Association.
Williams and the Center's director, Ron Peters, presented their paper "Can Speakers Lead? Exploring Transformational Leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives" at the 1999 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
Copeland was elected to the position of President-elect at the 1999 annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association. At the same event, the Pi Sigma Alpha award for best paper at the 1998 meeting was presented to Gaddie and Carl Albert Fellow Lesli McCollum for their coauthored paper, "Estimating the Incumbency Advantage: A New Approach to an Old Problem." A related study that builds on that paper will appear as a chapter in This Old House: Remodel or Rebuild? (Greenwood Press), edited by Joseph P. Zimmerman and Wilma Rule.
The University of Oklahoma Press has accepted another manuscript for the Congressional Studies Series: Constituents, Parties, and Southern Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives by Stanley P. Berard of Southern Arkansas University. This will be the second volume in the new book series. Volume 1, Pursuing Majorities: Congressional Campaign Committees in American Politics, by Robin Kolodny, was published in 1998. Center director Ron Peters serves as editor of the series.
Plans are underway for special events in academic year 1999-2000 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Carl Albert Center, which was founded on July 1, 1979. Theda Skocpol, Harvard professor of government and sociology, will deliver the 1999 Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture in Representative Government on October 26, 27, and 28. In conjunction with the Rothbaum Lecture, the Center will also sponsor a reunion of Carl Albert Fellows during that same week. In April 2000, a conference on women and Congress, led by Assistant Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal, will include numerous scholars as well as former congresswomen and members of the media.
Assistant Curator Todd Kosmerick, Archivists Carolyn Hanneman and Michael Lovegrove, and Graduate Assistant Megan Benson are preparing two special exhibits to celebrate the Center's anniversary. Utilizing materials from the Center's archives and from other sources, "The Modern Speaker" will explore the changing role of the Speaker of the House from 1971 to the present. The second exhibit will focus on women and Congress.
During the past year, the Center has displayed four new archival exhibits:
Archivist Carolyn Hanneman is coauthor of the essay "Taking the Initiative: Cherokee Indians React to the Wheeler-Howard Act" in the Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 1 (1999).
Robert D. Schulzinger, professor of history at University of Colorado and a past recipient of a Visiting Scholars Grant at the Carl Albert Center, was awarded the Ferrell Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for his book A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975 published by Oxford University Press. The Los Angeles Times Book Review listed A Time for War as one of the 100 best books of 1998.
Former fellows of the Carl Albert Center continue to make significant contributions in the areas of teaching, research, and administration: