American Election Symposium Explores Voter and Candidate Behavior

Faculty from Saint Anselm College joined dozens of professors of politics, psychology and sociology at the "American Election Academic Symposium" on the Hilltop in March. From as far as Texas, Utah, Florida, and Minnesota, 60 faculty from 26 colleges and universities heard from 48 speakers who dissected social and psychological dynamics of the 2016 Presidential election.

American Election SymposiumPresentations focused on why candidates acted as they did, why people voted as they did, and how people and candidates’ behaviors will subsequently change. From Saint Anselm, psychology professors Elizabeth Ossoff and Elizabeth Rickenbach spoke on “The Role of Age and Gender in the 2016 Election.”

Psychology professor Loretta Brady (above) presented “What Isn’t Broken Can’t Be Fixed: White Supremacy and the 2016 Election.” Fr. Jerome Day, O.S.B, professor of communication, delivered “How News Became Trump’s Ad Man.”

“Discussion was spirited at this symposium,” said Christopher Galdieri, assistant professor in the politics department. “And consistent with the use of Twitter in the campaign, participants tweeted throughout, with a short sampling demonstrating the very themes highlighted by the day of analysis.”