About our Center

The Weidenbaum Center is a research institute at Washington University in St. Louis that supports social scientific research in the fields of public policy, economics, political science, and sociology. Led by Weidenbaum Center Director Andrew Reeves (pictured), the Center funds faculty research, provides administrative support for research activities, and sponsors a wide range of public affairs programs. In doing so, the Center serves as a bridge between scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Through unbiased empirical research and events, the Center addresses many of the pressing public policy issues facing America and the world today. 

The Weidenbaum Center provides significant research support for faculty in the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. This support allows a wide array of faculty members to participate in a variety of impactful research, and is of particular importance to our younger faculty who are just starting their research careers. Research efforts contribute to work that addresses key social issues locally, nationally, and globally, and enhances the prominence of Washington University in the academic and policy world. Donations fund our grant programs which support this research. We could not support nearly as much research without this generosity. 

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Weidenbaum Center joins Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium

The Weidenbaum Center is honored to join the Campus Consortium network of partnerships between the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and colleges and universities to engage with students and faculty on the critical global issues of our time. Campus partnerships spark conversations across disciplines, inspire individuals to expand their horizons, and train the next generation of journalists. These goals are accomplished by organizing campus visits with Pulitzer Center-supported journalists who share their work and encourage students to examine and question the role of the media. The first journalist to visit under this new Weidenbaum Center partnership will be Aryn Baker, TIME magazine's senior international climate and environment correspondent. Aryn will be visiting our campus September 25-28. More details to come.

Weidenbaum graduate associate to join faculty at UCSD

Benjamin Noble, recent Ph.D. in Political Science recipient and former Weidenbaum Center Graduate Student, will start as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University California-San Diego in August 2023. Ben's research focuses on the U.S. presidency and executive-legislative separation of powers using text-as-data methods. While at the Weidenbaum Center, Ben made significant progress on two projects: "Presidential Cues and the Nationalization of Congressional Rhetoric, 1973-2016" and "How Presidents Persuade: Facts, Feelings, and the Language of Presidential Power." Ben says "Advising from Director Andrew Reeves was an important part of advancing these projects. His generous mentorship helped me succeed academically, win a series of research awards, and receive a tenure-track job offer from UC-San Diego. I also made many new friends at the Center who contributed to my success and made the year especially enjoyable." Pictured right: Andrew Reeves and Benjamin Noble after Ben successfully defended his dissertation.

Congratulations to Taylor Carlson for winning the 2023 PolNet Best Book Award for "What Goes Without Saying: Navigating Political Discussion in America," co-authored with Jamie Settle of the College of William and Mary! The Political Networks section of the American Political Science Association seeks to promote the study of political networks and the use of network analysis in political science.

Taylor Carlson

Associate Professor of Political Science & Weidenbaum Center Director of Survey Research

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