The Other Side of Campus

Episode 5: The Great Debate: US Politics in the Classroom with Daron Shaw

October 2nd, 2020

Dr. Daron Shaw, professor of government in the College of Liberal Arts, discusses how he handles teaching politics and elections to a class with a huge enrollment of students who all possess conflicting viewpoints and varying political thought shaped by their environments and backgrounds. This is also a fascinating peek into the way in which one of the largest online courses at the University of Texas (enrollment of roughly 1000 students) is taught. Needless to say, Dr. Shaw's experience and insight are crucial for dealing with this unprecedented time in US history, and so we appreciate him joining us on the Other Side of Campus!


Daron Shaw's research interests include American government, campaigns and elections, political parties, public opinion and voting behavior, and applied survey research. Dr. Shaw's most recent book is "Campaigns and Elections," a textbook he co-authored with John Sides, Keena Lipsitz, and Matthew Grossman. He is also the author of two scholarly monographs. The first is Unconventional Wisdom: Facts and Myths about American Voters (with Karen Kaufman and John Petrocik), which explores what we know and don't know about voters and voting in the United States. The second is Race to 270, which examines Electoral College strategies and resource allocation patterns in U.S. presidential elections from 1988 through 2004. Dr. Shaw has also published numerous articles in professional journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Communication, PS: Political Science, Election Law Journal, Party Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research.

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on September 25th, 2020 via Zoom.

Assistant Producers/Hosts: Stephanie Seidel Holmsten, Katie Dawson
(Intro theme features additional PTF fellows Patrick Davis, Keith Brown, David Vanden Bout)
Intro and Outro Music by: Charlie Harper (Additional background music by Charlie Harper, Michelle Daniel, Blue Dot Sessions, Scott Holmes, the Strugatsky Brothers, and the Michelle Daniel Trio)
Produced and Edited by: Michelle S Daniel
Creator & Executive Producer: Mary Neuburger

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