The US elections of 2016, during which Donald Trump became President and the Republican Party retained its majorities in the House and Senate, was unprecedented: rife with controversy, conspiracy, and consternation, most of which continues today (and then some)! Clearly, 2016 was a departure from elections of yore and the ensuing years have been similarly distinct and charged, leaving everyone—no matter their views—thinking: what’s next?
Come December and this edition of Headliners, the 2018 midterm elections will have taken place. All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate will have been contested and decided. In addition, 39 state and territorial governorships and numerous state and local officials, including many in Minnesota, will have been selected and your guess is as good as ours as to what the post-election terrain will look like.
Join us—post-vote—on December 6, when political scientist Dr. Kathryn Pearson will help us gather our collective senses and better understand where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and the election’s implications for governing in the years to come.
Kathryn Pearson, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where her research focuses on the United States Congress, congressional elections, political parties, and women and politics. Some of this research has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender, as well as in chapters for several books.
Her book, Party Discipline in the House of Representatives (University of Michigan Press, 2015), is an extension of her dissertation, which received the APSA Legislative Studies Section's Carl Albert Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies.
She is currently working on a new book, Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives, which analyzes congresswomen's pursuit of power in a partisan era. From 1993–1998, Pearson worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for two members of Congress, and in 2002–2003, she was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is the recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Morse Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
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