Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)

Upcoming Events

Conference on Populism and Democracy
Fri, Apr 25, 2025Sat, Apr 26, 2025

Research Highlights

Large-Scale Data Collection Using ChatGPT API and R

Collecting novel and large-scale data has become essential to social science research. This workshop instructed attendees on how to use R and Chatgpt API to automate the large-scale data collection and cleaning process, dramatically reducing the time and costs put into collecting and cleaning data. The workshop discussed how Chatgpt can extract…

How Do Racial Appeals Work in American Politics? Stephens-Dougan Book Investigates "Racial Distancing"

Much social science research over the years focuses on how white, usually Republican, candidates use negative racial appeals and race in campaigns. But are Black politicians advantaged when they indicate that they are not “too liberal” on matters of race, by invoking negative stereotypes about other Black people? This strategy is what LaFleur…

Is the Supreme Court a Guardian or Player?

Chief Justice Roberts writes an annual report on the state of the Supreme Court, and reminded readers just a few months ago that “The Judiciary is, of course, an independent and self-governing branch of government, but it has nevertheless sought input from all interested quarters.” Is that an accurate reflection of the way the Court functions?…