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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Profile of Weidenbaum Center Graduate Affiliate Lucas Boschelli

Lucas is a Weidenbaum Center Graduate Affiliate and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science. His research explores how individuals evaluate and interact with their surrounding city, county, and school board governments, focusing on local government meetings. Lucas has assisted the Weidenbaum Center in developing the St. Louis Policy Data Project, an initiative designed to make data in the St. Louis region more accessible to organizations and non-profits. He has also worked with Weidenbaum Center Research Fellow Dr. Dino Christenson, to understand better how corporate consolidation influences American politics, focusing particularly on its effects within the context of the Supreme Court. Lucas was recently offered a position as a senior data scientist at Maritz in St. Louis, and will be joining their business solutions and data science division upon completion of his research at Washington University.

Weidenbaum Center Director Andrew Reeves speaks on concerns over presidential executive power

Weidenbaum Center Director and Professor of Political Science Andrew Reeves discussed his new book "No Blank Check" on concerns over presidential executive power at a virtual public policy forum in mid-December. The book highlights American's skepticism towards presidential power, drawing on data from original surveys, innovative experiments, historical polls, and contexts outside the United States. To watch a recording of the talk, click link below.

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Q&A Series: Weidenbaum Center Associate Director Ariela Schachter

Weidenbaum Center Associate Director Ariela Schachter provides her answers to our question & answer series featuring Weidenbaum Center faculty, staff, or student affiliates.

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