Election 2012 Roundup: Four Faculty Members on This Year's Campaign

Oct. 18, 2012Bookmark and Share

By any measure this presidential election will be close. Battle lines are drawn on the main issues defining the race: the economy and jobs, health care reform, taxes, the deficit, education, foreign policy and terrorism, and more. The Record talked to faculty across the University to gauge the broader trends of this election cycle and to look beyond the issues to the actual mechanics of voting and campaign craft.

Nathaniel Persily, Professor of Law and Political Science, explains the impact on the race of voter ID laws, absentee ballots, voter registration and redistricting; Political Science Associate Professor Dorian Warren discusses key differences between the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections; Computer Science Professor Kathleen McKeown talks about software she created that can detect how people react to specific news events; and Political Science Professor Donald Green describes how his field research unleashed the armies of canvassers who go door-to-door in battleground states to get out the vote.

—by Columbia News Staff

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