The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies Presents:

Hans Noel Byron Shafer Richard Jonhston


Hans Noel, Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, and
Byron Shafer, Professor of Political Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Moderated by Richard Johnston, UBC Professor of Political Science
Venue: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre – Jack Poole Hall
Register here.

The Republican nomination battled defied prediction and challenges much of what we think we know about parties in the US. Is this all just an accident of history, doomed to be forgotten once the election is over? Or will the landscape of nominations and elections be permanently transformed?

Hans Noel is an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University. His research is on political coalitions, political parties and ideology, with a focus on the United States. He is the author of Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America and a co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. He is interested in the way that a focus on competing policy demands helps explain political parties, coalition building and coordination. Noel blogs on political parties and related issues at Mischiefs of Faction, and occasionally at The Monkey Cage. Noel teaches on parties, elections, political history and political methodology, and he has lectured around the world on the American political system.

Byron Shafer is the Hawkins Chair of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching is focused on American politics and has published major monographs on reform politics (Quiet Revolution: The Struggle for the Democratic Party and the Shaping of Post-Reform Politics) and related topics. He is concerned with the ‘big picture’ in American political life, and with locating further research within this larger framework.

Richard Johnston is Professor of Political Science at UBC. He studies parties and elections in the Canada and the US, with campaigns as a special focus.

Find more details on the Lind Initiative website.

About: The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies is an annual dialogue series hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues and made possible by a generous gift from Philip Lind (BA’66, LLD’02). Created to address the most urgent issues of our time, the initiative invites prominent American scholars, writers and intellectuals to UBC to conduct research and share ideas with students, faculty and the wider community on a particular theme.

The focus of 2016 is the U.S. Election Campaign. Through high profile speakers, discussions with UBC students, faculty, alumni and community, The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies aims to provoke a national conversation around issues such as hyper conservatism and widening rifts in the two major political parties. Please join us by registering for our events on our Current Series page.

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