January 14, 2016


BUFFALO, NY – John Sides, PhD, associate professor of political science at George Washington University, will speak at Canisius College on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. His lecture, entitled “Who Will Win the White House? How to Understand the Unpredictable 2016 Campaign,” is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is presented by The William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series.

The 2016 presidential primary has flummoxed political observers and even some of the candidates themselves. How can we make sense of such an unpredictable campaign season?  By drilling into the data, Sides tries to explain Hillary Clinton’s dominance, the Republican Party’s disarray and Donald Trump’s long tenure at the top of the polls. The results will help illuminate how we choose presidential nominees, and who might next occupy the White House.

Sides studies public opinion and American elections.  He is the co-author of a book about the 2012 campaign, The Gamble. Sides helped found and contributes to The Monkey Cage, a political science blog that is now part of The Washington Post. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Salon, Boston Review and Bloomberg View

Sides holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at 716-888-2790.


Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.