The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

What Now? Post-Election Opportunites & Challenges Panel - Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 PM in Rocky 3

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America stands at a crossroads, and Election Day will tell us which direction America will go. The possibilities are limitless; we could see a unified government under either the Republican or Democratic Party, or we could see a divided government like we have endured throughout the last several years. What can we expect to see from these possible outcomes, and what will President Obama or Government Romney actually do once he is elected into office?

Professors Joseph Bafumi, Linda Fowler, and Brendan Nyhan will attempt to answer those questions. Using their extensive knowledge of government and policy, they will examine the outcomes of the election and highlight the opportunities and challenges that the new government will face. Senior Lecturer and Public Policy Fellow Charles Wheelan will moderate the panel.

Joseph Bafumi is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. He was a 2010-2011 American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow serving on the Senate Budget Committee staff. Bafumi teaches courses in American government, public policy and quantitative methods.  He has published in several scholarly journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis and PS: Political Science & Politics.  He received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

Linda L. Fowler is Professor of Government and Frank J. Reagan Chair in Policy Studies at Dartmouth College. She teaches courses on American politics and has published widely on topics ranging from congressional elections and candidate recruitment, voter learning in primary elections and congressional oversight of U.S. foreign policy. Beginning in 1995, Fowler served for nine years as the director of the Rockefeller Center for Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. Before coming to Dartmouth, she was a professor of political science in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Fowler served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and as aide to the Administrator for Water Quality at the Environmental Protection Agency. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

Brendan Nyhan is currently an Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on political scandal, misperceptions about politics and health care, and applications of social network analysis and applied statistical methods to contemporary politics. Before coming to Dartmouth, Nyhan served as a RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. In 2004, Nyhan co-authored the New York Times bestseller All The President’s Spin. He is an avid blogger and currently serves as New Hampshire campaign correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review. Nyhan received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Duke University.

Charles Wheelan '88, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, formerly a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School at the University of Chicago, the Rockefeller Center welcomed Professor Wheelan back to Dartmouth fulltime in June 2012. Since 2006, Wheelan has taught economics and public policy courses at Dartmouth during sophomore summer. He has also served as a correspondent for The Economist, and written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Wheelan's first book, Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, served as an accessible and entertaining introduction to economics and is now published in 10 languages. The Chicago Tribune described Naked Economics as "clear, concise, informative, and (gasp) witty," and was selected as one of The 100 Best Business Books of all Time by 800-CEOREAD.

Please join us for the Rockefeller Center’s post-election panel, “What Now? Post-Election Opportunities & Challenges,” at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, November 8, 2012.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences