University of Wisconsin–Madison

Election Symposium 2016

The Elections Research Center hosted its first post-election symposium on December 9, 2016. The day-long event analyzed the results of the 2016 election in Wisconsin and across the country, evaluated prominent scholarly models of elections and voting, and identified pivotal factors in future elections.

The symposium showcased the work of UW–Madison researchers, scholars from other universities, journalists, and political professionals.

Past Panels and Participants

Journalists Look at the Presidential Campaign

  • Molly Ball, The Atlantic
  • Dan Balz, Washinton Post

Campaign Communications

  • Erika Franklin Fowler, TV Advertising in the 2016 Campaign
  • Young Mie Kim, Digital Advertising
  • Dhavan Shah, Understanding Election Dynamics via Social Media

Ideology and Independents

  • Samara Klar, Independent Voters in the 2016 Election
  • Michael Wagner, Ideological Heterogeneity and the 2016 Election

Demographic Groups in the Electorate

  • Barry Burden, Understanding the 2016 Gender Gap
  • Katherine Cramer, The Politics of Resentment
  • Michael Tesler, Racial Attitudes in 2016

The Larger Electoral Structure

  • Gary Jacobson, Congressional Elections of 2016
  • Byron Shafer, 2016 in the Long View

The U.S. Senate Election in Wisconsin

  • Charles Franklin, Marquette Law Poll
  • Brian Reisinger, Ron Johnson campaign
  • Tom Russell, Russ Feingold campaign

View video of the event at Wisconsin Eye