For the next Political Science and International Relations Forum, Professor David Canon, Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give a talk on "The 2018 Midterm Elections in the United States." Midterm elections in the United States are typically viewed as a referendum on the presidency, even if the president is not on the ballot. How will voters respond to the Trump presidency? Are the Democrats likely to recapture the House or the Senate? What are the implications of the midterms for governing in the next two years? Professor David Canon of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will examine these questions in his public lecture.
David T. Canon is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1987 and previously taught at Duke University. He is currently editor of the Election Law Journal and is affiliated with the Elections Research Center.
His teaching and research interests are in American political institutions, especially Congress. He is author of Race, Redistricting, and Representation (University of Chicago Press, 1999, winner of the Richard Fenno award for the best book on legislative politics), The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (with Ken Mayer; 2nd ed. forthcoming with Columbia University Press), Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the U.S. Congress (University of Chicago Press, 1990), American Politics Today (with William Bianco,WW Norton, 6th ed., 2019), several edited books, and various articles and book chapters.
He also served as the Congress editor for Legislative Studies Quarterly and was a Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Debrecen, Hungary, in 2003-2004 and in Tübingen, Germany, in 2011-2012. His most recent research concerns election administration and election reform (with a continued interest in redistricting).
He teaches courses on American government with focus on Congress, race and politics, the president, and political parties and was the recipient of a University of Wisconsin Distinguished Teaching award.