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2020 Election

AU Knows Politics

American University experts are available to provide insight into a broad range of issues related to the 2020 presidential election including voting behavior, polling, public opinion, race and politics, the economy, presidential history, survey research, foreign policy, among others.

2020 Experts

Healthcare, economy and taxes, education, and immigration … Watch AU experts discuss these and many other issues that will be front and center during the 2020 election. 

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Interview AU Experts

AU faculty members are available for commentary on and analysis of a wide range of topics related to the 2020 elections.

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Pre-Election Discussion

This virtual panel will examine what to expect on Election Day and beyond.

11/2 at 12:00 PM


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Seven Days After the Election: What Happened?

A virtual panel will assess the outcome of the U.S. election one week after Election Day. 

11/10 at 12:00 PM


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Women and 2020: Post-Election Analysis

Join the Women & Politics Institute for a conversation about the 2020 results as they pertain to gender. 

11/11 at 6:00 PM


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2020 Election Issues


SIS professor Daniel Bernhofen discusses jobs and the economy in the context of the 2020 election.

The American University Sine Institute of Policy and Politics in Washington, DC.

Leading the Way

The Sine Institute brings experts from across sectors and industries together to forward policy solutions and improve political discourse.

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On Campus

Election 2020 Beyond the Talking Points: How Do We Move to Bipartisan Solutions?

On October 14, faculty members from the AU School of Public Affairs discussed the challenges of bipartisanship amid pressing issues in criminal justice, education, and healthcare policy

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Request a Ballot Recap

On Campus

AU Library Helps Students Prepare for the 2020 Election

This year, American University Library brought a virtual “Request a Ballot” week to students. The week-long event allowed students to interact with Library personnel and request information about this year’s election through our online chat.

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New Book Examines the Messy and Contentious Role of US Presidential Pre-Election Polls

The 2016 election is one of eight cases of polling failure SOC Professor W. Joseph Campbell analyzes in his new book.

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Government & Politics

Capri Cafaro and the American Story of Food and Unity

Inspired by her time in the Ohio State Senate, SPA Executive in Residence Capri Cafaro assembled and authored a cookbook entitled United We Eat: 50 Great American Dishes To Bring Us All Together

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The Impact of COVID-19 on National and Global Security

We asked SIS professor Joshua Rovner, who served as scholar-in-residence at the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command in 2018-2019, to share his views on how COVID-19 is affecting international security.

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AU Students Fan Out Across NH, SC to Cover Primaries

The events capped off a nonstop week of reporting for 24 AU students enrolled in Presidential Primaries, a course offered every four years by SOC and SPA. Now in its fourth cycle, the class featured a new twist this year: South Carolina.

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Examining the Impact of Charter Schools on Growing Income Segregation

Research by Professor Dave Marcotte and Kari Dalane on charter schools examines their expansion along with student segregation by income. Their study shows that segregation of low-income students increased by 15 percent in large school districts.

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On Campus

AU Ed Talk: An Inside Look at the 2020 Election

Top journalists and former leaders of the Republican and Democratic National Committees gave their impressions of the ever-changing political landscape heading into the 2020 presidential election.

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Government & Politics

Women and Power: Changing the Narrative

The Women & Politics Institute at SPA and the Women in Public Service Project  hosted a recent discussion about the challenges female candidates face and how many are many are leveraging social media to get their messages out.

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Government & Politics

A Look Back: Reactions of Women Voters to the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

With reports over the weekend of new sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the debate over whether he should serve on the nation’s highest court has re-emerged as a political issue.

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