The Academic as Politician: Running for Public Office in 2016

Lecture Description

In 2016 Victoria Woeste was the Democratic nominee for her district’s representative in the Indiana House. In this talk, she discusses her candidacy, the issues, the feedback received, the gender and religious issues encountered, and voters’ perceptions of her expertise and academic background during the campaign. She also talks about public perceptions of law — how people believe law does and should work, how they believe law should reflect their norms and values (even when it doesn’t), how they articulate that disconnect between the ideal and the actual, and how that disconnect shapes their voting behavior. Finally, the lecture will discuss the extent to which education and academic credentials serve to disqualify candidates in the public view, even in fairly balanced districts.


Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights Politics

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Victoria Saker Woeste

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