Past Election Symposiums

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 featured a variety of different topics, such as the impact of social media, the prominence of women candidates and gender issues, partisan change in the electorate, insights from polling, and much more.

Recordings of the past events are available below. We hope you will join us in 2024!

2022 Symposium:

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View an alternative 2022 recording by clicking the Wisconsin  logo:

Click here for photos of the 2022 symposium

The 2022 symposium returned to an in-person format but also provided an online-viewing option. The event featured presentations from academics and journalists.

  • What Happened in 2022, and What’s Next in 2024 (Kyle Kondik)
  • Women in the Midterms: American “Democra-she” in 2022 (Grace Panetta)
  • Political Advertising in the 2022 Midterms (Travis Ridout)
  • Political Campaigns, Social Media, Journalism, and the Identitarian Citizen in a Democracy (Shannon McGregor)
  • Polling the Wisconsin Elections (Charles Franklin)

2020 Symposium

The two-and-a-half-hour 2020 symposium was an online-only event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and featured academic presentations from inside and outside of UW-Madison.


2018 Symposium

View the 2018 recording by clicking the Wisconsin  logo:

Click here for photos of the 2018 symposium

The 2018 symposium featured the Washington Post’s national political correspondent Karen Tumulty along with a host of other academic presentations.

2016 Symposium

View the 2016 recording by clicking the Wisconsin  logo:

  • 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