ICAR Lecturer Looks into Election Process

Posted: October 10, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The featured brown bag lecture speaker this afternoon at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is Michael McDonald, who presents “Competitiveness and Redistricting.” McDonald, Public and International Affairs, will discuss the need to create electoral conflict in elections, how institutes and laws produce noncompetitive elections, and the current status of competitiveness in elections.

McDonald is a competitiveness expert who comes to the university from Frontier International Electoral Consulting, where he studied racial bloc voting patterns in several states. Concurrently, McDonald was assistant professor in the Political Studies Department and Legislative Studies Center at the University of Illinois, Springfield.

McDonald earned his doctorate in political science at the University of California, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University. At Harvard, he maintained the record of precinct-level election data. His book, Statistical Computing for the Social Sciences, written with Micah Altman and Jeff Gill, will be published by Wiley and Sons next year.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on the research and practice of conflict resolution and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. For more information, call (703) 993-1300.

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