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The Past, Present, & Future of the Electoral College

Professors John Aldrich & Reeve Huston
December 7th, 2016
12:00 PM


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem Room 011)

Light lunch served starting at 11:45

Join us for a discussion with political scientist John Aldrich and historian Reeve Huston about the role of the electoral college in US politics. Why and how was it created? What have been the justifications for it and arguments against it? What is its role in contemporary politics? Are there feasible alternatives for the future? 


John Aldrich

Duke University

John Aldrich is the Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of Political Science. He specializes in American politics and behavior, formal theory, and methodology. Books he has authored or co-authored include: Interdisciplinarity: Its Role in a Discipline-based AcademyWhy Parties?; Before the Convention; and a series of books on elections, the most recent of which is Change and Continuity in the 2012 and 2014 Elections. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Choice, and other journals and edited volumes. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has served as co-editor of the American Journal of Political Science and as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Reeve Huston

Duke University

Reeve Huston is Associate Professor of History at Duke University. His research focuses on the emergence of two-party democracy in the United States--a process that took place between the 1790s and the 1840s. He also thinks and writes about social and political conflicts over the distribution of land in North America during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His publications include:  Land and Freedom: Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York; The Early American Republic: A History in Documents; and most recently, Origins of Jacksonian Democracy: American Political Practices, 1812-1840.