Presentations

Selected lectures and research presentations before U.S. and international audiences.
(For a complete list, please use the link to the CV on the right).

The Identity Crises of the Democratic and Republican Parties.
White House Fellows Foundation Leadership Conference. Washington, DC. October 2017.​

The Trump Presidency, the Mass Media and Public Opinion.
The Norwegian Washington Seminar. Washington, DC. October 2017.

The Trump Presidency So Far.
Mary Washington Elder Study, Fredericksburg, VA. September 2017.

The 2017 Campaign for Governor of Virginia: Politics in the Old Dominion during the Trump Presidency. Lake of the Woods Forum, Locust Grove, VA. September 2017. F Street Democrats, Washington, DC. September 2017. Mary Washington Family Weekend, Fredericksburg, VA. September 2017.

Donald Trump and the Late-Night Political Humor of Campaign 2016: All the Donald, All the Time. American Political Science Association. San Francisco, CA. August 2017.

Virginia’s Candidate Selection Process: Examining Recent Primaries and Conventions.
American Legion Boys’ State of Virginia. Radford, VA. June 2017. June 2016. June 2015. June 2014. June 2013. Lynchburg, VA. June 2012. June 2011. June 2010. June 2009. June 2008. June 2005. June 2004. June 2003.

President Obama’s Use of New Media: Enacting the Affordable Care Act and Defining Presidential Character. Western Political Science Association. Vancouver, Canada. April 2017.

Politics, Media and the American Political System.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for International Journalism, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. March 2017. Presidential Inauguration Seminar, Osgood Center for International Studies. Washington, DC. January 2017.

Reviewing the 2016 Presidential Election.
Fredericksburg Area Rotary, Spotsylvania, VA. November 2016. Mary Washington Elder Study. Stafford, VA. November 2016. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Stafford, VA. November 2016. Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. Fredericksburg, VA. November 2016.

The Changing Landscape of Virginia Politics.
2016 Virginia Civics Summit. Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA. November 2016.

The 2016 US and Virginia Elections and the Political Agenda for 2017.
Virginia Business Journal Forum, Richmond, VA. November 2016.

News Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Campaign.
The Norwegian Washington Seminar. Washington, DC. November 2016.

The Presidential Candidates, the Mass Media and the Angry Voters of 2016.
Mary Talks, University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA. October 2016.
Parents Weekend, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. September 2016.
Wells Fargo Forum, Falmouth, VA. September 2016.

Digital Media, Public Opinion and the US Presidential Race.
BI University. Oslo, Norway. October 2016.

Mass Media Coverage of the 2016 US Presidential Election.
BI University. Oslo, Norway. October 2016.

Three Challenges and Three Opportunities for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The Norwegian Washington Seminar. Oslo, Norway. October 2016.

Media Bias is a Threat to American Democracy.
Podius Debates. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. October 2016.

Clinton, Trump and their Contrasting Views on National Security.
Military Affairs Council and Joint Warfare Analysis Center National Security Lectures. Dahlgren, VA. October 2016.

How Gerrymandering is Changing Virginia – and How it is Not.
One Virginia 2021 Forum. Manassas, VA. September 2016.

U.S. Journalism, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Development.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for International Journalism, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. September 2016. November 2015.

A Comparative Analysis of the Partisan Targets of Media Fact-checking.
American Political Science Association. Philadelphia, PA. September 2016.

News Coverage of the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Race Versus Presidential Election News.
American Political Science Association. Philadelphia, PA. September 2016.

Late Night Comics Examine Campaign 2016: Donald Trump Dominates the Jokes.
American Political Science Association Pre-Conference in Political Communication. Philadelphia, PA. August 2016.

Gerrymandering, Partisan Combat and the Vanishing Moderates in Virginia Politics.
Rappahannock-Fredericksburg Rotary. Fredericksburg, VA. July 2016.
Loudoun County League of Women Voters & One Virginia 2021. Potomac Falls, VA. November 2014.

Barack Obama and the Rise of the Diffident Presidential Style.
Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL. April 2016.

How Virginia Politics is Changing – and How it is Not.
Virginia Professional Communicators Association Meeting. Winchester, VA. April 2016.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville, VA. March 2016.

The Tea Party and the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination Campaign.
Mary Washington Elder Study. Stafford, VA. March 2016.

The State of the 2016 Presidential Campaign.
Women’s Club of Richmond, Richmond. Virginia. March 2016.

The Ever-changing State of Virginia Politics.
Candidate Training Program, Sorensen Institute of the University of Virginia. Boyce, VA. January 2016. January 2015. January 2014.

Studying the Presidency after 9/11: Re-considering Presidential Character in Domestic and International Contexts. 9/11 and the Academy Conference at Emory & Henry College. Emory, Va. November 2015.

Virginia Politics: Gerrymandering, Recent Elections and Public Opinion.
Virginia Coalition for Open Government. Stafford, VA. November 2015.

Reviewing the 2015 Virginia Elections.
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg, VA. November 2015.

The 2015 Virginia Elections and the Political Agenda for 2016.
Virginia Business Journal Forum. Richmond, VA. November 2015.

The 2016 Presidential Election, the Mass Media and the Obama Presidency.
The Norwegian Washington Seminar. Washington, DC. October 2015.

Evaluating Public Opinion Polls: A Brief Introduction to Survey Research.
Macedonian Media Leaders Program, International Research and Exchanges Board. Washington, DC. July 2015. International Research and Exchanges Board. Yerevan, Armenia. November 2007. Yerevan, Armenia. June 2006. Baku, Azerbaijan. July 2005. Tbilisi, Georgia. May 2003. Yerevan, Gyumri and Goris, Armenia. May 2002. Kiev and Yalta, Ukraine. March 2002.

Civic Journalism: Nation-Building through Regional News Coverage.
Macedonian Media Leaders Program, International Research and Exchanges Board. Washington, DC. July 2015. International Research and Exchanges Board. Yerevan, Armenia. June 2006.

Improving Campaign News Coverage: Lessons from the U.S. Experience.
Macedonian Media Leaders Program, International Research and Exchanges Board. Washington, DC. June 2015. International Research and Exchanges Board. Yerevan, Goris, Sisian and Sevan, Armenia. November 2007. Yerevan, Armenia. June 2006. Baku, Azerbaijan. July 2005. Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, New Delhi, and Bangalore, India. October 2004. Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, Odessa, Donetsk, Zaporizhiye, Simferopl and Kiev, Ukraine. July 2004. Norwegian Institute of Journalism, Washington, DC. June 2004, September 2004. Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Washington, DC. June 2004. Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Manila, the Philippines. March 2004.

The Global President: International Media, the U.S. Government and Foreign Policy Crises.
University of Mary Washington Alumni Reunion. Fredericksburg, VA. May 2015.
Ingleside at Rock Creek Lecture, Washington, DC. October 2014.

U.S. Journalism, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Development.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for International Journalism, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. January 2015.

U.S. Foreign Policy Formulation: Journalism, Public Opinion and Divided Government.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for International Journalism, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. November 2014.

Reviewing the 2014 US and Virginia Elections.
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg, VA. November 2014.
Mary Washington Elderstudy. Stafford, VA. November 2014.

Is House of Cards Really Fiction? US Political Corruption, Voter Anger and the 2014 Midterm Elections. Norwegian Washington Seminar. Washington, DC. November 2014.

U.S. Foreign Policy Formulation: Public Opinion and International News Coverage.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for Africa, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. August 2014.

An International Media Vision: “The Global President.”
Virginia Festival of the Book. Charlottesville, VA. March 2014.

Journalism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Global Media and Politics in Transition.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for Yemen, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. February 2014.

U.S. Foreign Policy and U.S. Mass Media: Shaping Global Public Opinion.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for North Africa and the Middle East, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. January 2014.

Federalism, Separation of Powers and Mass Media Regulation in the United States.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for Zambia, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. January 2014.

The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government.
National Security Lecture Series, Joint Warfare Analysis Center and the University of Mary Washington. Dahlgren, VA. November 2013.

The 2013 Virginia Elections and the Political Agenda for 2014.
Virginia Business Journal Forum. Richmond, VA. November 2013.

Reviewing the 2013 Campaign for Governor of Virginia.
Virginia Association of Counties Annual Meeting. Hot Springs, VA. November 2013.

International News about the US: Challenges for Public Diplomacy.
U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. November 2013.

International News and U.S. Foreign Policy.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for North Africa and the Middle East, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. November 2013.

The 2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Campaign: The State of the Race.
U.S. Diplomatic and Consular Officers (Retired) Organization. Washington, DC. October 2013.

The State of American Politics: Obama Faces Syria, the Federal Budget and Congress.
The Norwegian Washington Seminar. Washington, DC. September 2013.

The President, the Media and Politics.
George Washington Teachers’ Institute. Mount Vernon, VA. July 2013.

Journalism and U.S. Foreign Policy.
Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for North Africa and the Middle East, U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. March 2013.

Inaugural Visions: Presidents Washington to Obama.
Fairfax County Public Schools. Mount Vernon, VA. January 2013.

The 2012 Presidential Election and U.S. National Security Policies.
National Security Lecture Series, U.S. Joint Warfare Analysis Center and the University of Mary Washington. Dahlgren, VA. November 2012.

Election Day 2012 in America.
The Scandinavian Washington Seminar. Washington, DC. November 2012.

The 2012 Presidential Election Campaign: Polls, Money and the Media.
Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Helsinki, Finland. October 2012.

Politics and the Media in 2012.
Inside Washington Conference, Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Washington, DC. January 2012.

The 2012 Presidential Nomination Process: Polls, Money and the Media.
Canadian School of Public Service Washington Seminar. Washington, DC. November 2011.

The 2010 Midterm Elections, the Obama Presidency and Health Care Politics.
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Washington, DC. October 2010.

The Obama Presidency, the Mass Media, and U.S. Public Opinion.
International Visitor Leadership Program for Taiwan. U.S. State Department, Arlington, VA. August 2010.

The Nightly News Nightmare Revisited: U.S. Journalism and the 2008 Election.
Benjamin Franklin Trans-Atlantic Fellows Initiative Summer Institute, U.S. State Department, Washington, DC. July 2010.

Health Care Reform and the Obama Presidency: Public Opinion and Politics.
Lederne Conference of Norwegian Union Officials. Washington, DC. March 2010.

Substantive Campaign News Reports and Ratings: Evidence from U.S. Local News.
Media Tenor International Agenda Setting Conference. Zurich, Switzerland. November 2009.

The State of the Political Environment: Washington and Richmond.
Virginia Realtors Educational Foundation. Richmond, VA. October 2009.

The U.S. Political Process, Social Movements and Demographic Changes.
International Visitor Leadership Program for South America. U.S. State Department, Washington, DC. September 2009.

The Obama Presidency and U.S. Foreign Policy: Trends under a new Administration.
International Visitor Leadership Program for East Asia/Pacific Region. U.S. State Department, Washington, DC. September 2009.

President Obama’s First 100 Days.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, Tallinn, Estonia. June 2009. Riga, Kaltene, and Valmiera, Latvia. May 2009. Vilnius and Siauliai, Lithuania. May 2009.

How News Coverage Can Impact Election Outcomes.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, Tallinn, Estonia. June 2009.

The Challenges of Small-Town Reporting.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, Viljandi, Estonia. June 2009.

How Presidents Sell Their Policies: Obama’s Political Persuasion Efforts.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, Riga, Latvia. June 2009.

Journalistic Ethics and Professionalism.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, Riga, Latvia. June 2009. Vilnius, Lithuania. May 2009.

Building Trust in Government.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, Riga, Latvia. May 2009.

Investigative Reporting: Getting to the Bottom of Things.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department and Transparency International, Vilnius, Lithuania. May 2009. U.S. Agency for International Development and International Research & Exchanges Board. Yerevan, Armenia. June 2006. Baku, Azerbaijan. July 2005. Odessa, Donetsk, Zaporizhiye, and Feodosia, Ukraine. July 2004. Tbilisi, Georgia. May 2003. Yerevan, Gyumri and Goris, Armenia. May 2002. Kiev and Yalta, Ukraine. March 2002.

How Presidential Administrations Deal with the News Media.
Society of Professional Journalists Conference. Arlington, VA. March 2009.

Reviewing The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election: Why Obama Won.
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. November 2008.

The 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign: Dueling Characters and Public Policy Visions.
Program for Norwegian Journalists, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. November 2008.

The 2008 Presidential Nomination Campaigns: The State of the Races.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Video Link with U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. March 2008.

The 2008 Presidential Campaign: The State of the Race for the White House.
Virginia Law Foundation Annual Meeting. Williamsburg, VA. January 2008.

Covering Campaigns and Elections: Getting Readers Interested.
U.S. Agency for International Development and International Research & Exchanges Board. Yerevan, Goris, Sisian and Sevan, Armenia. November 2007. Yerevan, Armenia. June 2006. Baku, Azerbaijan. July 2005. Odessa, Donetsk, Zaporizhiye, and Feodosia, Ukraine. July 2004. Tbilisi, Georgia. May 2003. Yerevan, Gyumri and Goris, Armenia. May 2002. Kiev and Yalta, Ukraine. March 2002.

News Coverage of President Bush and the U.S. Government on NBC, CBC and CTV.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Video Link with U.S. Consulates in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 2007.

President George Bush, the Iraq War and U.S. Public Opinion.
Max Bell Foundation Lecture, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. March 2007.

The Bush Administration and the 2006 Elections: Future U.S. Policies toward Canada.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Video Link with U.S. Consulates in Halifax, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. December 2006.

The 2006 U.S. Midterm Elections and Canada-U.S. Relations.
Fulbright Lecture, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. November 2006.

The George W. Bush Presidency after the 2006 U.S. Midterm Elections.
Fulbright Lecture, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. November 2006.

The U.S. Midterm Elections: What to Watch for on Election Night and Beyond.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Glendon College of York University, Toronto, Canada. November 2006. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. November 2006.

Passing the Mid-term Test: The U.S. Election and What it Means for Canada.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, Toronto, Canada. November 2006.

U.S. Presidents in War and Peace: Television Coverage of Military and Foreign Policy.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. November 2006.

Presidential Politics, the Mass Media and Public Opinion in the United States.
U.S. Embassy’s American Corner Program. Gyumri, Armenia. June 2006.

Government-Media Relations: The Uneasy Struggle.
U.S. Agency for International Development and International Research & Exchanges Board. Yerevan, Armenia. June 2006. Baku, Azerbaijan. July 2005. Odessa, Donetsk, Zaporizhiye, and Feodosia, Ukraine. July 2004. Tbilisi, Georgia. May 2003. Yerevan, Gyumri and Goris, Armenia. May 2002. Kiev and Yalta, Ukraine. March 2002.

U.S. Network Television News Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election.
Speakers Program for Egyptian Journalists, National Democratic Institute, Washington, DC. November 2004.

The 2004 Presidential Election: What to watch for on Election Night (and the day after).
Speakers Program, U. S. State Department. Video Link with U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India. Washington, DC. November 2004.

The 2004 Presidential Campaign: Challenges Facing the Candidates and the News Media.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, New Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad, India. October 2004.

Multiculturalism in U.S. Presidential Elections.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department, New Delhi, India. October 2004.

The ‘Who’ of Election Coverage: Personalities, Parties and the Electorate.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Cebu, the Philippines. March 2004.

Evaluating the Philippine Fair Election Act.
Speakers Program, U.S. State Department. Cebu, the Philippines. March 2004.

Citizen Discontent in Virginia and What Government Officials Can Do About It.
The Sorensen Institute For Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Fredericksburg, VA. January 2003.