The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research


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The Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement was founded in 2017 at Purdue University to foster and enhance the use of C-SPAN programming in scholarship and teaching. It will also sponsor forums and programs on the Purdue campus as well as around the country at professional conferences. CCSE is part of the Brian Lamb School of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts.

Each year the Center is sponsoring a research conference at Purdue University in which ten papers utilizing the C-SPAN Archives are presented and subsequently published in the Purdue University Press book The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research. The 2023 theme is "Politics, Communication, and Polarization." Papers are invited that address the presidency, the Congress, the courts, elections, rhetoric, political communication, history and other social science disciplines.

Research is encouraged on topics in big data analysis. For this panel, participants are encouraged to use the newly developed Archives API that enables the retrieval of data from the C-SPAN Video Library. Using names, keywords, dates, and program formats, a CSV file is exported for use in subsequent analysis.

The C-SPAN Archives contains over 270,000 hours of C-SPAN programming and are located in the Purdue Research Park next to Purdue University. The Archives represents a record of over thirty-five years of our nation’s political history.

We are currently soliciting proposals for the Fall 2023 conference. See previous volumes (Purdue University Press) and the C-SPAN Video Library (c-span.org) for ideas for future research.


We are using this website as a vehicle to submit and review proposals. Researchers seeking to apply for these grants made possible from the C-SPAN Education Foundation should submit a vita of less than five pages and a proposal of no more than 1500 words in which they outline the proposed research, how it will utilize the C-SPAN Video Library, and how this research advances knowledge of a research question in their field. The grants will be paid to individuals by Purdue University.

NOTE: Your vita will be uploaded after you hit submit. There is a second page for additional files.

A committee of faculty from the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science will review the proposals as well as our Editorial Board. Proposals should be submitted by February 28, 2023 and decisions will be made by March to ensure that participants have sufficient time to complete their research papers.

All papers should acknowledge that funding was made possible in part by the C-SPAN Education Foundation. Submissions of proposals must be done using this submission form. Questions about research, papers, and the conference should be directed to Professor Robert X. Browning, Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science (rxb@purdue.edu).