Professor of Political Science David McLennan was a plenary speaker at NC Campus Compact's Voting Institute and discussed the changing demographics of North Carolina Voters. In addition, he published two op-eds: on increasing political polarization in North Carolina (with Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo) and on the impact of 2017 municipal elections on the 2018 midterms.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo and Professor of Political Science David McLennan presented “Understanding the Pipeline for Women: A Study of Women and Appointed Office” at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in New Orleans, La., on January 5, 2018. The study is trying to discover what the barriers are keeping women from seeking appointments to state-level boards and commissions. This project grew out of research they did in summer 2017 with two Meredith students and a Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy student through the Undergraduate Research Program. Meredith student Mary Kolisnichenko also presented research at the conference that came out of the Meredith Poll. Her presentation, “Polarization in a 2016 Swing State: How Mean Are We?,” examined how different partisans feel about the opposing side, and whether this demonstrates increased polarization in North Carolina.