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Interactive video lesson plan for: 4. What Happened - An Election Autopsy

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In this session, participants analyze the results of the 2016 presidential election. Nate Cohn of the New York Times discusses the polls and shows graphics of shifts in precincts relative to previous elections. Lynn Vavreck, Professor of Political Science at UCLA, outlines the role of the economy, candidate constraints, and campaign messaging. Lastly, Professor of Political Science at Stanford, Gary Segura, breaks down the Latino vote.

Nate Cohn is a data-journalist at the New York Times and contributor to The Upshot. He's a native of Auburn WA and a graduate of Whitman College. Before coming to the Times, he wrote for The New Republic.

Lynn Vavreck is a professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA and a contributing columnist to The Upshot at The New York Times. Her award-winning book, The Gamble, was described by Nate Silver as the “definitive account” of the 2012 election and political consultants on both sides of the aisle refer to her work on political messaging as “required reading.” In 2014, she hosted and interviewed Hillary Clinton at UCLA’s Luskin Lecture on Thought Leadership and in 2015 she was awarded an Andrew F. Carnegie Fellowship to investigate the influence of political advertising. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and she has served on the advisory boards of both the British and American National Election Studies. At UCLA she teaches courses on campaigns, elections, and public opinion. Lynn Vavreck holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester and held previous appointments at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and The White House. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she remains a loyal Browns fan and is a “known equestrian” – to draw on a phrase from the 2012 presidential campaign.

Gary M. Segura is the Morris M. Doyle Centennial Professor of Public Policy at Stanford University. His work focuses on issues of political representation and social cleavages, the domestic politics of wartime public opinion, and the politics of America’s growing Latino minority. Over the last 18 years, he has directed polling research that has completed over 100,000 interviews of Americans of all backgrounds on matters of political importance. He has briefed members of both the House and Senate as well as senior administration officials and appeared on National Public Radio, the News Hour, Frontline, the CBS Evening News, MSNBC, and numerous other outlets.

Tagged under: Election,campaign,race,class,gender,president,Donald Trump,Hillary Clinton,Nate Cohn,Gary Segura

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