Spring 2003

For the Record

News from the Center

LaDonna Sullivan

        Associate Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal gave the keynote address, “Progress, Obstacles, and Barriers for Women in Politics: Lessons from Political Science,” at the second annual Minnesota Women Legislators Fall Retreat, sponsored by the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.
        Rosenthal also gave the keynote address, “Politics and Football: Third Down, Long Yardage and Still on the Sidelines,” at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Political Science Association in February at Morehead State University.  While on campus, she also spoke on “Leadership in Politics: The Tend-and-Befriend Response” in the Grote Lecture Series sponsored by the university’s interdisciplinary women’s studies program.

Recent Publications

        Former Carl Albert Fellow Craig A. Williams and Regents’ Professor Ronald M. Peters, Jr. have published their co-authored article, “The Demise of Newt Gingrich as a Transformational Leader: Does Organizational Leadership Theory Apply to Legislative Leaders?” in Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 30, No. 3 [www.organizational-dynamics.com].
        Lauren Cohen Bell, also a former fellow, co-authored with Cindy Simon Rosenthal an article, “From Passive to Active Representation: The Case of Women Congressional Staff,” that was published in the January 2003 issue of Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
        A manuscript co-authored by Bell and former fellow L. Marvin Overby, “Rationality or the Norm of Cooperation?: Filibuster Behavior Among Retiring Senators,” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Politics.
        Cindy Simon Rosenthal and James A. Rosenthal co-authored with former fellow Jocelyn Jones an article, “Gendered Discourse in the Political Behavior of Adolescents,” which has been accepted for publication by Political Research Quarterly.

Conference Papers

        Carl Albert Center Director Gary Copeland was invited to Texas Christian University to participate in the recent Jim Wright Symposium: Texas Congressional Leaders. His paper was titled “Leading a Republican Revolution? Dick Armey and the Story of How Term Limits Went Awry.”
        Copeland also presented a paper, “Committee Transfers when Seniority Hardly Matters: Transfers under Republican Control of the U.S. House,” at the 2003 annual meeting of the Southwest Political Science Association in San Antonio.
        Carl Albert Fellow Melody Huckaby presented a paper, “Descriptive Representation in Federal Systems: Unraveling the Paradox of Tolerance,” at the 2003 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago. Associate Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal was co-author of the paper.
        Rosenthal served as chair and discussant for a panel at the 2003 annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Denver.

Carl Albert Fellows

        Fourth-year fellow Melody Huckaby has completed field research in Mexico City, is now in Buenos Aires, and will continue her research in Brasilia in the following months. She is using interview and legislative process data to explore descriptive representation as it occurs in developing national legislatures. This project examines the factors which affect the degree to which women and men are equally represented in the national legislature, the degree to which minority representation in national legislatures depicts the ethnic makeup of each society, and the impact of women and minority legislators on legislative output and process.
        Lynsey Morris, also a fourth-year fellow, is currently in Washington, D.C. participating in the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program. She is working in the office of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaiughter (D-N.Y.), chair of the Women’s Caucus and the Pro-Choice Caucus. One of the more interesting aspects of Lynsey’s work is the coordination of the new Democratic Women’s Resource Committee, which serves as a conduit between women members of Congress, the Democratic Caucus, and women activists in the field. While assisting Congresswoman Slaughter with Title IX legislation, new bills for women’s environmental health research, and procurement opportunities for women-owned businesses, Lynsey is doing her own case study research on conference committees. She has also guest-lectured for two classes at the Women and Politics Institute at American University.

Former Fellows

        L. Marvin Overby, associate professor at University of Missouri, was the Harry F. Byrd Visiting Scholar at James Madison University during fall semester 2002. Overby has also been accepted to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on “American Constitutionalism in Comparative Perspective” to be held at the University of Notre Dame during June and July.

Congressional Archives

        Over the past few months, the Carl Albert Center has been receiving shipments of two new collections.  These are congressional papers from Representatives Dick Armey (R-Texas) and J. C. Watts (R-Okla.). Both retired from Congress at the conclusion of the 107th Congress. Armey had been majority leader of the U.S. House, and he had represented Texas’s Twenty-sixth District since 1985.  He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1969. Watts had been the Republican Conference chair in the U.S. House, and he had represented Oklahoma’s Fourth District since 1995.
        In January 2003, the Carl Albert Center opened the first portion of the records of the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus. The caucus was a bipartisan Legislative Service Organization (LSO) made up of members of the U.S. Congress from Southern and Southwestern states. It commenced in 1981 and continued to 1995. The Carl Albert Center acquired these records in 1997. This first group of records to be opened comprises 4.75 cubic feet and covers the dates 1981-1992.  It consists of three series:  (1) Administration, Organization, Membership; (2) Press and Newsletters; and (3) Task Forces, Briefings, Issues, Correspondence. Most of the materials concern caucus membership, administration, public relations, and issues. Other portions of the collection remain closed to researchers but are scheduled to be opened by the end of 2005.
        Student Archives Assistant Matthew Cox is serving as an intern for the Oklahoma Senate.
        Carol Inman, also a student archives assistant, served on the regional council for Model United Nations in February, and she also played the role of the Finnish prime minister in the Model European Union in April.

NEW Leadership

        NEW Leadership Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal and Program Specialist Jean Shumway Warner have selected 37 undergraduate women to participate, May 16-20, in the 2003 NEW Leadership institute.
        Faculty-in-Residence for the 5-day institute will be Valerie Thompson, president and CEO of  Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc.; Lisa Billy, youth empowerment activist and former Chicasaw Nation Tribal legislator; and Susan Neal, a member of the Tulsa City Council who served as chief of staff to former Congressman Mickey Edwards.
        Further information regarding the 2003 NEW Leadership Institute and a photo gallery of the 2002 sessions can be viewed on the NEW Leadership web page at www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/NLO/.

Close Up’s Great American Cities Program

        The Carl Albert Center is partnering with the Close Up Foundation to bring 100 high school students and some of their teachers from Tulsa to the OU campus in Norman to participate in a special 5-day session in June that is designed to complement their recent experience in Close Up Washington. Center Director Gary Copeland and Associate Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal are working with Close Up staff to develop a curriculum, train workshop leaders, and develop learning models for student participants.

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