Summer Academy

Summer Academy
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What is CAPE?

The annual CAPE Summer Academy is designed to introduce the APE framework to interested graduate students and junior faculty, facilitate in-depth discussions around several key areas within APE, and create opportunities for participants to share work in progress and get feedback on research designs or proposals.
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The workshop itself includes several “core” sessions on the fundamentals of the study of the American political economy (led by senior scholars in the field), followed by more specialized sessions on specific topics (which vary from year to year depending on participant interests) led by specialists in these areas.  

The 2022 CAPE Summer Academy will be held June 21-23 in Cambridge, MA (travel, meals, and lodging covered). It will feature the following specialized sections:

  • American political institutions and political economy (led by Nathan Kelly)
  • APE in the international context (led by Mark Schwartz)
  • Local governance and housing policy (led by Margaret Weir)
  • Race and the APE (led by Chloe Thurston)


To apply, please submit a C.V. and a cover letter (no more than two pages) describing your relevant research interests in APE and how this workshop will advance those interests. Please also submit a relevant research paper (either work in progress or already published work). For graduate students, the C.V. should include classes taken. Please email these materials to apesummerschool@gmail.com no later than midnight of April 8. We anticipate selecting 12-15 participants; applicants will be informed of the status of their applications by mid-April. We aim to assemble cohorts that are diverse in terms of race/ethnicity and gender as well as geography, and aim to balance the number of students from the subfields of comparative political economy (of the rich democracies) and American politics.

We have held the Summer Academy each year since 2020. In the past, specialized sections have included:

  • Federalism (led by Jake Grumbach, 2020)
  • Finance and corporate governance (led by Ben Braun, 2020)
  • Local governance and housing policy (led by Margaret Weir, 2021)
  • Labor and the party system (led by Dan Galvin, 2021)
  • Race and social policy (led by Jamila Michener, 2021)
  • Race and the APE (led by Chloe Thurston, 2020)
  • Populism (led by Peter Hall, 2021)
  • Social policy (led by Jane Gingrich, 2020)
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