Past Election Symposium

After every midterm and presidential election, the Elections Research Center hosts a symposium in December. The all-day event features academic experts and political professionals who analyze the results of the elections in Wisconsin and around the country.

Past symposiums in 2016 and 2018 featured a variety of different topics, such as the impact of social media, independent voters, the gender gap, the rise of women candidates, and socioeconomic change in the electorate.

Join us in December of 2020 for our next symposium.

2018 Panels and Participants


View photos of the 2018 symposium here.

View video of the 2018 symposium at Wisconsin Eye.

2016 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