Dr. Mary Stegmaier to Speak at 29th Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences World Congress in Prague

The Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences (SVU) has selected Truman School Assistant Professor Dr. Mary Stegmaier to speak at the 29th SVU World Congress in Prague this July.  The conference theme is “Marking the Sixty Years of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences” and will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.  Speakers represent a veritable “who’s who” in the study of Czech history and social science.  The U.S. Embassy in Prague, the Czech Senate, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic are helping support the conference and numerous dignitaries will be in attendance.

Dr. Stegmaier will present Speaking Up to Stay in Parliament: The Electoral Importance of Speeches and Other Parliamentary Activities The presentation is based on research done in collaboration with Kamil Marcinkiewicz (University of Hamburg, Germany) focusing on the activities of Czech Members of Parliament and how they affect re-election chances in the Czech preferential voting system.

“Our research demonstrates that making speeches in parliament has a consistently strong impact on the number of votes Czech politicians receive when they run for reelection” noted Dr. Stegmaier. “It highlights the role that the media play in conveying information about politics to the public. Speeches that appear in the news create lasting impressions on voters.”

Dr. Stegmaier’s research focuses on elections and voting behavior in the U.S. and Europe, and has been published in a variety of political science journals including East European Politics & Societies, Electoral Studies, Political Behavior, Public Choice, and the Annual Review of Political Science.  In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals, her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Brookings Institution Blog, the Democratic Audit, and the London School of Economics US Politics Blog.

“The fact that the SVU selected Dr. Stegmaier’s important work to highlight at this event comes as no surprise to those of us at the Truman School,” observes Director and Professor Lael Keiser.  “Mary’s contributions to our school are numerous and it is thrilling to see the international importance of her work being recognized.”

The conference will take place July 10-12, 2018.  Events will be held at the Wallenstein Palace and Gardens and the Metropolitan University Prague campus.