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What's Happened to the Republican Party: The Reagan through Trump Years ( zsp )

  • Tue, March 21, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Virtual
  • 231


Registration is closed

Professor David Canon will discuss the evolution of the Republican party from Reagan and through Trump. Are there parallels to the role of the John Birch Society in the 1960s in the Republican party? What has driven the party to take the positions that they are currently taking? How much of the change is because of Donald Trump or was he simply responding to and then magnifying broader social forces? What does the future hold, especially looking toward the 2024 presidential race?

Canon is a professor in the political science department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served as chair of the department from 2014-2017 and in Fall, 2020. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and previously taught at Duke University. He also served as the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Tübingen, Germany in 2011-2012 and Debrecen, Hungary in 2003-2004. His teaching and research interests are in American political institutions, especially Congress. His more specific research interests include election administration, racial representation, redistricting, political careers, and the historical study of Congress. He is author of Race, Redistricting, and Representation (University of Chicago Press, 1999, winner of the Richard F. Fenno award for the best book on legislative politics), The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (with Ken Mayer; Westview Press, 1999), Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the U.S. Congress (University of Chicago Press, 1990), American Politics Today (with William Bianco, WW Norton, 2021), several edited books, and various articles and book chapters. He co-edits a book series on legislative politics with the University of Michigan Press and also served as the Congress editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly and is currently the editor of the Election Law Journal.

If you have preliminary questions for the speakers, please email them in advance to program coordinators Tom Eggert at by Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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Registration Deadline:  Friday, March 17


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