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John Sides

Date: October 9, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Place: 101 Gaines Hall

Title: Will the 2014 Midterm Election Give Republicans Control of Congress?

Sponsoring department: Political Science


Do campaigns matter? What will influence outcomes of the fast-approaching 2014 midterm elections? Join us for a provocative discussion with John Sides, a noted scholar on campaign strategy, voter turnout and the media. His recent book, The Gamble: Choice and Change in the 2012 Presidential Election, with Lynn Vavreck, examines if and when events, the economy and electioneering are the “game changers” that the media reports them to be. Sides makes his analyses available to the public through regular contributions to prominent blogs and newspapers.

About the speaker:

John Sides is a professor of political science at George Washington University where he co-founded and now contributes to The Monkey Cage, an award winning blog about politics and political science. Before arriving at George Washington, he worked at the University of Texas at Austin.

He is a co-author of Campaigns and Elections: Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice and has published scholarly articles on such topics as campaign strategy, voter turnout, new media and immigration.

Professor Sides has helped to make political science research relevant and accessible to media around the world through his strong public presence across platforms. In addition to The Monkey Cage, he is a regular contributor to the 538 blog at The New York Times and Wonkblog at the Washington Post. His writing has appeared at the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Review, Salon, the New York Daily News, Al Jazeera, the Washington Monthly, the American Prospect and Bloomberg View.

He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.