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    Party Polarization and the 2012 Presidential Election

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    October 30, 2012


    Party Polarization and the 2012 Presidential Election

    Please join the Newbury College Community as we welcome Thomas Patterson. Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Before coming to Harvard in 1996, he taught for more than two decades at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship. He is currently completing a book on how the changing nature of news and political communication are affecting the practice of democracy. Its expected publication date is 2012. A past book, The Vanishing Voter (2003), looks at the causes and consequences of declining electoral participation. His book on the media's political role, Out of Order (1993), received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award for best book in political communication of the last decade. An earlier book, The Unseeing Eye (1976), was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half-century. He also is author of Mass Media Election (1980), which received a Choice Award, and two general American government texts, The American Democracy (now in its 10th edition) and We the People (now in its 9th edition). His newest book, which will be published next year, is Corruption of Information, which looks at how America’s media system is distorting Americans’ views of political issues. His research has been funded by Carnegie, Ford, Markle, Knight, Smith-Richardson, Pew, and the National Science Foundation. His current research project, funded by a grant from the Carnegie and Knight foundations, examines journalism education and practices in a changing media environment.

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