Expert to speak on US presidential elections

September 11, 2012

Dr Thomas Schaller

The issues that will decide the next US presidential election, and the election process itself, will be explored and unravelled in a lecture by a top US political commentator at Murdoch University on Monday, September 17.

Dr Thomas Schaller, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will shed light on how the candidates are nominated for President and how the electoral college operates.

The presidential primaries and general elections will be explained, with an eye toward the political and strategic implications for the types of candidates who run and win, and how they campaign for the presidency.

The presentation, which will take place in the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre from 6.30pm to 8pm, comes just two months before United States citizens will go to the polls to decide the winner of the 57th Presidential Elections.

There has been considerable debate and discussion already as to whether the winner will be incumbent President, Democrat Barack Obama, or Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Dr Schaller is now in his 15th year at UMBC where he teaches courses in American government, including the American Presidency, Congress, Interest Groups and Lobbying, and Campaigns and Elections.

Dr Schaller is also a political columnist for the Baltimore Sun, and has published commentaries in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The New York Daily News.

He is also the author of Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South (2006, Simon & Schuster) and co-author of Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-First Century (2006, SUNY Press). His book about the Republican Party after Ronald Reagan’s presidency is forthcoming from Yale University Press in 2013.

Dr Schaller, 45, has given lectures on American politics and elections in more than a dozen countries on behalf of the US State Department.

To attend his talk, entitled Introduction to American Presidential Elections, please email or call 9360 6176 before Friday, September 14.

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