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Iowa, New Hampshire, and What’s Next

  • The Sockman Lounge at The Interchurch Center 61 Claremont Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

The nearly yearlong Challenges and Opportunities in 2020 Election Series is a forum for academics, journalists, and others to comment on the issues at stake in the 2020 presidential election, and related topics front and center in American politics and society. The series fosters interdisciplinary conversations that explore undercurrents and themes affecting the upcoming election and the integrity of—and trust in—our democratic institutions.

This panel discussion is free and open to the public. Registration required.

Organizations from the nonprofit community will also have tables at the event to help attendees learn more about ways to get involved.


CHRISTINA GREER is an Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University (Lincoln Center Campus). Her primary research and teaching interests are racial and ethnic politics, American urban centers, presidential politics, and campaigns and elections. Her additional research interests include transportation, mayors, and public policy in urban centers. Professor Greer is currently conducting research on the history of all African Americans who have run for the executive office in the United States. She is a frequent political commentator on several media outlets.

DAVID P. REDLAWSK is the James R. Soles Professor and Chair of Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa for the past 6 months, studying the 2020 Iowa Caucus campaigns. Dr. Redlawsk’s research focuses on campaigns, elections, the role of information in voter decision making, and on emotional responses to campaign information. He is coauthor of Why Iowa?: How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process (2010).

DANTE SCALA is professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, and a faculty fellow at the university’s Carsey School of Public Policy. He is the author of two books on the presidential nomination process: The Four Faces of the Republican Party (2015, with Henry Olsen) and Stormy Weather (2003). He also has written numerous articles and book chapters on U.S. campaigns and elections, political geography, and the country’s urban-rural divisions. Scala is a veteran observer of half a dozen presidential primary seasons in New Hampshire, and national and international media regularly seek his insight.

WALTER SHAPIRO is a fellow at the Brennan Center and an award-winning journalist. He is a staff writer for the New Republic, a columnist for Roll Call, a frequent contributor to the Guardian, and a lecturer in political science at Yale University. Shapiro was a White House speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter.

About the Event Sponsors

THE AMERICAN ASSEMBLY fosters public conversations that lead to more just, equitable, and democratic societies. It does so by bringing research to bear on public problems, by creating new resources for public understanding, and by strengthening the forms of trust and deliberation that make democracy work. For more information, visit:

THE ACADEMY OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, founded in 1880, promotes nonpartisan, scholarly analysis of political, social, and economic issues by sponsoring conferences and producing publications. Published continually since 1886, the Academy’s journal, Political Science Quarterly, is edited for both specialists and informed readers with a keen interest in public and international affairs. For more information, visit:

With additional support from the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE).

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