Monday, Sep 24, 2012
John Sides, GWU
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election
The Gamble is a scholarly study of the election written on a journalist's timeframe. This presentation will continue the story beyond the two e-chapters that have already been released. It will focus on how Romney consolidated enough support in the Republican Party to win the nomination, despite the notion that the GOP wanted "Anybody but Romney." It will then pivot to the general election campaign, and show how the summer campaign did and did not influence the race -- including the slowing economy, the early advertising, and the selection of Paul Ryan."
John Sides is Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. He studies political behavior in American and comparative politics. His current research focuses on political campaigns, the effects of factual information on public opinion, and the effect of citizenship laws on national identity. He is the co-author of the forthcoming Princeton University Press book, The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election. He has published a textbook on campaigns as well as articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research,British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Communication, Political Studies, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He helped found and contributes to The Monkey Cage, a political science blog. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, Salon, the Boston Review, Bloomberg View, and the New York Times' 538 blog. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.