Session 5: North Carolina Matters in the 2016 Election
5:00 – 6:30 Pugh Auditorium, Benson Center
Moderator: Michael Pisapia, Department of Politics and International Affairs and Zachary Bynum, Politics and International Affairs Major.

A focus on NC as a battleground state and the governor’s race between Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper, with consideration of voting rights, HB2, and the economic situation in the State.


sunshine-hillygusSunshine Hillygus
Duke University

Sunshine Hillygus is Professor of Political Science and Duke University and has published widely on American politics and elections, including most recently on youth voter turnout, and on public opinion, and information technology and politics. She is co-author of The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008) and The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006).

From 2003-2009, she taught at Harvard University, where she was the Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor of Government and founding director of the Program on Survey Research.




ataylorAndrew Taylor
North Carolina State University

Andrew Taylor, a native of the U.K., is professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University.  His research focuses on American politics, and is the author of Elephant’s Edge: The Republicans as a Ruling Party (Praeger, 2005), The Floor in Congressional Life (University of Michigan Press, 2012), Congress: A Performance Appraisal (Westview Press, 2013), and, with Toby L. Parcel, The End of Consensus: Diversity, Neighborhoods, and the Politics of Public School Assignments (UNC Press, 2015).  A past president of the North Carolina Political Science Association, Taylor also helps to run the Economic, Legal, and Political Foundations of Free Societies program at NC State, and he provides political commentary for local media on national and state politics, including in a monthly column for the Carolina Journal.





Session 6: Covering Elections – The Intersection of State-Wide Media and Politics
7:00 – 8:30 Pugh Auditorium, Benson Center
Moderators: John Dinan, Department of Politics and International Affairs and Allan Louden, Department of Communication and Professor of Political Communication


Tim Boyum
Anchor, Time-Warner’s Capital Tonight Show

tim-boyumTim Boyum anchors the influential Capital Tonight, a nightly political show that airs across the Time-Warner’s statewide network from Raleigh. As a political reporter and anchor, Boyum covered the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, the 2012 and 2016 Republican National Convention, John Edwards’ 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, and several gubernatorial and senatorial elections as well. He has had numerous one-on-one sit down interviews with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and nearly all NC statewide office holders and office seekers. The Washington Post mentioned him in its list of best state political reporters in 2015 and Ballotpedia identified Tim as a top influencer by state.’


Rob Christensen
Raleigh News and Observer – Government/Politics/Columnist

rob-christensenRob Christensen, the dean of NC political reporters, has covered North Carolina politics for forty-three years at the News and Observer in Raleigh. He has appeared on over 550 TV or radio programs to comment on politics including about 80 national programs including CBS Evening News, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, The NewsHours with Jim Lehrer on PBS, CNN’s Cross Fire, and Happening Now on Fox News. Rob is the author of The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina, updated in 2010. Christensen also contributed to three additional books on Southern or N.C. politics and is currently finishing a book on Scott family in NC politics.