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U of M Political Scientists examine 2012 Presidential Election

October 11, 2012

What: Views from the U: The Political Science of Election 2012
When: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Theater at Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis
Who: U of M political scientists John Sullivan, Howard Lavine, Kathryn Pearson, Timothy Johnson and Ben Ansell

Join five University of Minnesota political scientists for a panel discussion about myriad issues in the 2012 election.

  • 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.

This event is free and open to the public, however a reservation is required. Please RSVP at

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

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