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Views from the U: The Political Science of Election 2012

Date: 10/16/2012

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Theater Coffman Memorial Union

Cost: Free


Become your own pundit with the help of some of the University’s leading political science researchers. Moderated by Kathryn Sikkink, this panel discussion will feature the expertise of five professors:

  • See how voters’ brains respond to campaign messages—literally—with John Sullivan who uses MRIs to study political psychology.
  • Do “ambivalent partisans”—voters conflicted between their partisan identity and evaluations of their party’s performance—promote democracy? Yes, says Howard Lavine’s research, and he’ll explain how.
  • Our nation’s basic institutional framework plays an important role in the election process. Kathryn Pearson will discuss the Electoral College and congressional elections.
  • Supreme Court expert Timothy Johnson examines how judicial decisions like the Affordable Care Act impact voter behavior.
  • How does the world economy influence US elections -- and vice versa? Ben Ansell will explain the global proportions of election 2012.

Bring your own questions—the last hour of the program is open for audience Q&A.

Free! Please register online to attend.



  • Name: Tessa Eagan
  • E-mail: teagan@umn.edu
  • Phone: 5-3781
  • Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts, Political Science

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Patricia Hall at hall0781@umn.edu or (612) 624-6445.

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