As the U.S. presidential election approaches, it often seems like the real issues get buried amid sound bites and campaign promises. Join us from the comfort of your own home for three Real Town Halls, where nationally renowned experts from the UW will discuss key issues in a livestreamed series of moderated panels and audience Q&A sessions.
This series is free, but registration is required to get the access link. You may register for one, two, or all three events.
Moderator: Katherine Cramer ’94 — professor of political science and Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science
- Barry Burden — professor of political science, director of the Elections Research Center, and Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics
- Michael Wagner ’07, MS’08 — professor and Louis A. Maier Faculty Development Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Robert Yablon ’99 — assistant professor of law and affiliate of the Elections Research Center
Moderators and Speakers
Katherine Cramer ’94 is a professor of political science and the Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she uses methods like inviting herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. Her award-winning book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, brought to light rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics, and was a go-to source for understanding votes in the 2016 presidential election (University of Chicago Press, 2016).
Barry Burden is a professor of political science, director of the Elections Research Center, and the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics. His research and teaching are based in American politics, with an emphasis on electoral politics and representation. He is co-editor of The Measure of American Elections, author of Personal Roots of Representation, and co-author of Why Americans Split Their Tickets: Campaigns, Competition, and Divided Government.
Michael Wagner ’07, MS’08 is a professor and the Louis A. Maier Faculty Development Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research, teaching, and service are animated by the question, “how well does democracy work?” Wagner approaches this question from a variety of perspectives, incorporating into his work the study of political communication, political parties, journalism, public opinion, political psychology, political behavior, religion and politics, the presidency, and biology.
Robert Yablon ’99 is an assistant professor of law and an affiliate of the Elections Research Center. His research interests include political and election law, constitutional law, federal courts, and statutory interpretation. Following law school, Professor Yablon served as a law clerk for Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
This series is presented by the Wisconsin Alumni Association in partnership with the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Elections Research Center.
The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is a highly ranked program that offers domestic and international degrees in public management and policy analysis. Its strength derives from its core faculty and broader group of faculty affiliates who are part of the internationally renowned social science departments at UW–Madison. Members of the program’s faculty have international reputations in their academic disciplines and have spent the greater part of their careers working on problems of public policy and governance.
The Elections Research Center fosters cutting-edge academic analysis of national and state elections to further the scholarly understanding of factors that influence voter decision-making and election outcomes. It continues a long tradition of excellence in elections-related study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Questions? Email Stephanie Wallace ’05 or call 608-308-5528.