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Thu 4

November 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

The 23rd Annual American Democracy Conference

University of Virginia Center for Politics

Location: Online


UVA Center For Politics new initiative | Project Home Fire:

Presention by Larry Schack and Mick McWilliams, which will reveal more results of their recent Foundational Research Project, that polled 1000 Biden voters and 1000 Trump voters.

Panel: Analyzing the Virginia Results and looking forward to 2022 & 2024


Carah Whaley | Assistant Director of the JMU Center for Civic Engagement.


Jamelle Bouie | Is an opinion columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He previously served as chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. His insights on the impact of race in politics have been instrumental in driving national discourse. In 2013, Bouie contributed to the Center’s book Barack Obama and the New America: The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics. He is a University of Virginia graduate.

Barbara Comstock | Senior advisor with Baker Donelson, offers clients decades of policy experience in the legislative, administrative, and private sector arenas, as well as a lifetime of relationships, to build winning coalitions and strategies for clients in today’s challenging policy and political environments. She’s active in the technology and cybersecurity areas, national security and space, and congressional investigations. Barbara was elected to Congress in 2014, and served two terms representing Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District, making her the first woman elected to that seat.

Kyle Kondik | Is managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ authoritative, nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections. He is a frequently cited expert on American politics who has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. His book on Ohio’s presidential voting history, The Bellwether, was released in June 2016. He also serves as the Center’s communications director and is based in Washington, where he manages the Center’s DC office.

David Ramadan | served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2012 to 2016. He is an executive and international consultant with over 25 years of experience in business, government relations, leadership, management, marketing, communications, public policy, public relations, immigration, community affairs, legislative advocacy, grassroots, and minority engagement. David is an adjunct professor at George Mason University (his alma mater). He also served as a member of the George Mason University Board of Visitors.

Tara Setmayer | is a sought-after political commentator and former communications director on Capitol Hill. She regularly appears on CNN’s primetime programs and contributes to ABC’s The View, Good Morning America, and Nightline. She’s also made numerous appearances on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Vulture.com recognized her as one of 2016’s “Top 20 Election Coverage Stars” on TV. She is the host of the Center for Politics’ recent three-part documentary, Dismantling Democracy.