The Norton
Political Science
Speakers Series

Engage with top political scientists, researchers, and teachers—including Norton's award-winning authors—for thought provoking talks and student lectures throughout the academic year.

Featured Events

California 2022 Midterm Election Analysis with Dr. Melissa Michelson

Hosted by Dr. Melissa Michelson

Wednesday, November 16th at 1pm Eastern

California went to the polls on Tuesday, November 8. While only three of 52 U.S. House races in the state were competitive and Democratic party control of the legislature was never in doubt, the election nevertheless brought plenty of drama and high rates of campaign spending. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent hoping to nudge votes on ballot measures. Voters were going to the polls in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs, scandals in Los Angeles, and ongoing state debates over homelessness and affordable housing, gas prices, and crime, among other issues. What message did California voters send?

Join Dr. Melissa Michelson, coauthor of Governing California in the 21st Century, as she talks about the results of the midterm elections in California, including statewide races, local races, and state propositions.

The Landscape of Civic Opportunity and Collective Action in America

Hosted by Hahrie Han

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Join Professor Hahrie Han, co-author of American Government: Power and Purpose, for a live lecture and Q&A on Election Day! During this lecture, Professor Han will discuss how a healthy democracy depends on the ability of people from all backgrounds to participate in collective life. Yet, as Alexis de Tocqueville famously argued, such participation depends on a network of formal and informal civic associations that act as ‘schools of democracy’ that equip people for participation in a pluralistic democracy. What do those schools of democracy look like in the 21st century? This project harnesses big data and the tools of computational social science to develop a map of civic opportunity in America and reflect on the implications of these patterns for contemporary politics, including the operation of campaigns and elections.

Civil Rights and the Modern American State: The Role of Citizen Participation to Democracy

Hosted by Megan Ming Francis

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In this live virtual lecture with renowned teacher and author Megan Ming Francis, Professor Francis will discuss the long history of civil rights organizing and strategizing and how it has shaped the development of founding ideals such as equality and justice.The lecture will also discuss the importance of citizen participation via social movements in improving the strength of democracy today.

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Archived Events

“The Politics of International Trade” Hosted by Stephanie Rickard, March 2022

Why is trade politically contentious? How do growing trade tensions affect countries' engagement with the global economy?

Join Stephanie Rickard, Professor of Political Science at London School of Economics and contributor to World Politics, Fifth Edition, for this engaging Speakers Series where she will explore these questions and more using the Interests, Interaction and Institutions analytical framework.

“The Environment: A New International Relations Issue?” Hosted by Karen Mingst, October 21, 2021

In this talk and Q&A, Karen Mingst, co-author of Essentials of International Relations, discusses how the environment became an international relations issue, and how IR theories can help us analyze these important issues.

"The Future of the Republican Party" Hosted by Seth Masket, February 18, 2021

Seth Masket (University of Denver), co-author of Political Parties, examines the lessons Republicans are learning from the 2020 elections and the future of the GOP as the party struggles with a populist movement that is increasingly powerful and uncommitted to democratic traditions.

"The Imperial Presidency and the Future of American Democracy" Hosted by Benjamin Ginsberg, January 21, 2021

In this lecture, Benjamin Ginsberg (Johns Hopkins University), co-author of We the People, American Government: Power and Purpose, and American Government: A Brief Introduction, discusses the problem of the imperial presidency and whether the change of administrations will make a difference to the future of American democracy.

"Political Parties and the 2020 Election" Hosted by Hans Noel, November 2, 2020

Hans Noel (Georgetown University), co-author of Political Parties, hosts an “Ask Me Anything” the day before the 2020 presidential election.

"Are We in an Authoritarian Moment?" Hosted by Patrick O’Neil and Karl Fields, October 7, 2020

In this lecture, Patrick O’Neil (University of Puget Sound) and Karl Fields (University of Puget Sound) discuss their own teaching and research on authoritarianism and political transition in Europe and Asia. They consider the sources of rising illiberalism and authoritarianism and discuss how they try to understand comparative politics at this critical juncture of political institutions under stress. Related to Essentials of Comparative Politics and Cases and Concepts in Comparative Politics.

"Accessible Elections: How the States Can Help Americans Vote in 2020" Hosted by Caroline Tolbert, October 1, 2020

Caroline Tolbert (University of Iowa, co-author of the best-selling American government textbook We the People) discusses research from her new book, Accessible Elections. She addresses how state governments can modernize their electoral procedures to increase voter turnout, address inequalities, and influence campaign and party mobilization strategies.

"COVID, Racial Justice, and Student Activism: How Federalism Matters" Hosted by Andrea Campbell, September 23, 2020

In this lecture and Q&A, renowned teacher and author Andrea Campbell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), discusses the relevance of federalism to the coronavirus pandemic and the racial justice protests around the country, as well as how to know what level of government is in charge and where to direct your voice to be an effective participator in democracy. Related to We the People.

"Fighting Over the Right to Vote" Hosted by Bill Bianco, September 17, 2020

In this lecture, Bill Bianco (Indiana University, Bloomington) discusses how voting is fundamental to democracy, and the ongoing, heated debate in America over issues such as registration laws, ID requirements, early voting, the number and hours of polling sites, and absentee voting. Related to American Politics Today.

"Active Learning in Comparative Politics Workshop" Hosted by Patrick O'Neil and Karl Fields, April 12, 2021

Authors Patrick O’Neil (University of Puget Sound) and Karl Fields (University of Puget Sound) will share how they incorporate active learning into their student activities and course assignments to make a more engaging course. Related to Essentials of Comparative Politics and Cases in Comparative Politics.

"Norton Comparative Politics Resources Workshop" Hosted by the Norton Political Science Team, April 22, 2021

Learn how to assign Norton's digital resources for comparative politics (InQuizitive, case quizzes, and Norton Testmaker). Related to Essentials of Comparative Politics and Cases in Comparative Politics.

"Norton American Government Resources Workshop" Hosted by the Norton Political Science Team, April 8, 2021

Learn how to assign Norton's digital resources for American government (InQuizitive, Weekly News Quizzes, and Evaluating Sources module). Related to We the People, American Politics Today, American Government: Power and Purpose, and American Government: A Brief Introduction.

"Cutting Through the Noise: A Workshop on Teaching Media Literacy" Hosted by David Canon, March 12, 2021

In this workshop, David Canon (University of Wisconsin–Madison), co-author of American Politics Today, discusses how to teach your American government students to cut through the noise and focus on the facts in this age of fake news and misinformation.

"Teaching Political Science in 2021" Hosted by Dustin Tingley and Eric Loepp, November 18, 2020

In this workshop, Professors Eric Loepp (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) and Dustin Tingley (Harvard University) will share best practices for effective student engagement and strategies for using efficacy-based assessment tools in your course, including InQuizitive, Norton’s award-winning adaptive quizzing tool for students.

"Thinking Critically About the 2020 Elections" Hosted by Steve Ansolabehere, September 24, 2020

Join Steve Ansolabehere, co-author of American Government: Power and Purpose, and American Government: A Brief Introduction where he will share how crises—including wars, natural disasters, and pandemics—have affected voting practices and elections in the past, and how we might use that historical lens to consider the impact of the current coronavirus pandemic on our upcoming election.

"Teaching World Politics in the Age of COVID-19" Hosted by Ken Schultz, David Lake, and Dustin Tingley, April 2, 2020

In this online workshop, World Politics authors Ken Schultz (Stanford University) and David Lake (UC San Diego) will discuss how COVID-19 has affected world politics, giving you talking points to discuss in your online class. Dustin Tingley, Professor of Government (Harvard University), will discuss best practices for teaching your course online.

"Online Assessment in the Political Science Classroom" Hosted by Danny Fuerstman, March 20, 2020

In this online workshop, Danny Fuerstman (State College of Florida Manatee–Sarasota) discusses how using online assessment can help ensure that your students are getting the coaching and support they need as they work through the course material. He also shows how the gradebook can give you the tools to make sure your students are on track. Last, he walks through Norton's online learning tool, InQuizitive, and answers questions about switching to an online model of instruction.

New from Norton Political Science

Learn more about these titles for American government as well as upper-level courses, and view our full catalog.

World Politics

Fifth Edition

Essentials of International Relations

Ninth Edition

Campaigns and Elections

Fourth Edition

We the People

Thirteenth Edition

American Politics Today

Seventh Edition

American Government: A Brief Introduction

Sixteenth Edition

American Government: Power and Purpose

Sixteenth Edition

Essentials of Comparative Politics

Seventh Edition

Cases and Concepts in Comparative Politics

Second Edition

Governing Texas

Fifth Edition

Governing California

Eighth Edition

Political Parties

First Edition

The United States Congress

Second Edition

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