Harvard Professor Discussing Upcoming Election Oct. 27 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct 22, 2010 – Dr. Thomas Patterson, a Bradlee professor of government and press at Harvard University, will visit Southeast Missouri State University Oct. 27 to speak with students about the 2010 elections.

Patterson’s presentation is scheduled for  noon on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Room 121 of Rhodes Hall of Science. Admission is free and open to the public.  

Patterson plans to discuss what he believes will be the results of the upcoming election cycle, and the role of public opinion in explaining the outcome. The event is being sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion.

Patterson is a nationally-known scholar of campaigns and elections who holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Vanishing Voter, which looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation.

His earlier book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century.

He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundations.