Elections expert to speak April 12

Alan Abramowitz, a nationally known expert on American elections, will visit Western Carolina University for a campus dialogue at 5 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the Multipurpose Room of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Alan Abramowitz

Alan Abramowitz

A political science professor at Emory University, Abramowitz developed the “Time for Change” presidential election forecast model, which he has used to correctly predict the popular vote winner for the past 24 years.  His latest book, “The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy” is scheduled to be released March 29 by Yale University Press.

Abramowitz’s visit is funded by a WCU Visiting Scholar Program grant and the department of political science and public affairs.

Gibbs Knotts, head of the political science and public affairs department, studied with Abramowitz at Emory and collaborated with him on studies of partisan change in the American South.

“Dr. Abramowitz knows more about the American electorate than just about anyone alive,” said Knotts. “He’s smart, funny and incredibly interesting.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Knotts at 828-227-3862 or via e-mail at gknotts@wcu.edu.