Notre Dame professor to lecture on “Catholics in American Politics”


Geoffrey Layman, chair of the political science department at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver a lecture titled “Cross-Pressures: Catholics in American Politics” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in room 276 of the Monmouth College Center for Science and Business at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois.

The conference will also be available via Zoom on this link.

“Catholics don’t fit neatly into the values ​​of a political party,” said Monmouth political science professor Andre Audette, who invited Layman to campus. “Geoff and his co-authors have new research on the political psychology of so-called ‘seamless garment’ Catholics, a position that is particularly popular among Hispanic Catholics.”

Audette said Layman’s speech should particularly appeal to those interested in political psychology, religion and politics, Latin American politics or American politics in general.

Layman is co-editor of the journal Political Behavior. His research focuses on political behavior, political parties, religion and politics, with a particular focus on long-term changes in parties and their electoral coalitions.

His most recent book, written with David Campbell and John Green, is “Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics.” Layman is also the author of “The Great Divide: Religious and Cultural Conflict in American Party Politics”. He has published numerous articles in the major journals of the discipline, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science and the Annual Review of Political Science.


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