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16 September 2016
10:30 - 12:00
Raadzaal, ASP 200

UCIS Lecture: Prof Daron Shaw about the 2016 American elections

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All about Trump? Thoughts on the 2016 U.S. Elections

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On 16 September 2016 the Utrecht Centre for International Studies (UCIS), in cooperation with the section of the History of International Relations, has the honour to welcome American political scientist Professor Daron Shaw, Department of Government, The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Shaw will discuss the remarkable rise of New York real estate mogul Donald Trump as presidential candidate of the Republican Party and share his thoughts on the competition, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In a year that has seen some unpredictable voter behaviour Professor Shaw – based in Texas, one of the Republicans’ strongholds – will share his unique inside view of American politics as a former strategist in the presidential campaigns of 2000 and 2004 and as an expert in opinion polls and elections. What can be expected in the final weeks of the race to the Whitehouse and what long-term consequences will this unique election year have?


10.00   Reception (with coffee and tea)

10.30   Introduction by Prof. Jacco Pekelder of the section History of International Relations

10.40   Lecture by Prof. Daron Shaw, University of Texas

11.30   Q&A session

12.20   Closing statement


Raadzaal, Achter Sint Pieter 200, 3512 HT Utrecht

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About Professor Shaw:

Before accepting a position at UT, Professor Shaw worked in several political campaigns as a survey research analyst. Shaw also served as a strategist in the 2000 and 2004 presidential election campaigns. He teaches American Government, Campaigns and Elections, Political Parties, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior, and Applied Survey Research. He is a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Election Studies Board of Overseers, the editorial board for American Politics Research, and serves on the national decision team for Fox News and on the Advisory Board for the Annette Strauss Institute.

In 2008, Shaw’s book Unconventional Wisdom: Facts and Myths about American Voters (co-authored with Karen Kaufmann and John Petrocik) was published by Oxford University Press. This comes on the heels of his 2006 book, The Race to 270, which was published by the University of Chicago Press. In addition, Shaw has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Communication, PS: Political Science, Party Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. Along with Roderick Hart, he co-edited Communications in U.S. Elections: New Agendas, a 2001 book featuring innovative research in the field of political communication.