The Racial Origins and Consequences of the Electoral College
- Professor David Schultz
David Schultz is a Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Legal Studies at Hamline University. He is also a visiting professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School. David has a B.A. and M.A. in political science and philosophy, a J.D. and LLM in law, a Ph.D. in political science, and a masters degree in astronomy. A three-time Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe and Asia, and the winner of the Leslie A. Whittington national award for excellence in public affairs teaching, David is the author of more than 35 books and 200+ articles on various aspects of American politics, election law, and the media and politics, and he is regularly interviewed and quoted in the local, national, and international media on these subjects including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist, and National Public Radio. His most recent books are Encyclopedia of Money in American Politics (2018) and Presidential Swing States (2018).
Join us virtually as Professor David Schultz examines the creation, including the racial origins, of the electoral college as the constitutional mechanism to select the president of the United States. The talk will examine the original reasons and structure of the electoral college, how it has performed and evolved over time, how it currently impacts presidential elections and politics, and what possibilities there are for reforming it.