WWU’s Munro Institute to Host Post-Election Roundtable Discussion Nov. 14

Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will facilitate a roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Harold and Irene Walton room at the Mount Baker Theatre to review the results of the 2018 midterm elections. The event is free and open to the public.

The round table discussion will provide insight into how the state and federal elections unfolded and what the results mean for Washington state and the country going forward. WWU Professor of Political Science Vernon Johnson, director of the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education, will moderate the discussion, which will include the following panelists:

  • Melissa Santos – Member of the Seattle Times editorial board, opinion writer and columnist focusing on state government, and former state politics reporter with the Tacoma News Tribune. Her work has included covering the Legislature, statewide elections, Governor Jay Inslee’s administration and the 2016 presidential caucuses.
  • Todd Donovan – WWU professor of Political Science specializing in the intersection of political behavior, representation, electoral institutions, public opinion, and direct democracy. He has authored, co-authored, and co-edited a dozen books and numerous articles in leading journals such as “Journal of Politics, American Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.”
  • Christopher Parker – University of Washington professor of Political Science and author of the award-winning books “Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America” and “Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South.”
  • Paul Quirk – University of British Columbia professor of Political Science and the Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation. He has published widely on the presidency, Congress, public opinion, and public policy. His work includes “The Legislative Branch” and “Deliberative Choices: Debating Public Policy in Congress.”

For more information, go to https://chss.wwu.edu/political-science/ralph-munro-seminar-civic-education or contact Vernon Johnson, Western Political Science professor and director of the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education at vernon.johnson@wwu.edu.