The 2020 Presidential Election: Assessing the Democratic Field

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Long Trail School  { MAP } Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door



Matthew J. Dickinson

Professor of Political Science
Middlebury College

The race to become the Democrat presidential nominee is in full swing, featuring the largest candidate field in modern history. With voting still five months away, what can political science, and history, tell us regarding who is likely to win the nomination, and why?

Matthew J. Dickinson is a professor of political science at Middlebury College. Previously he taught at Harvard University where he also received his doctorate in government. His blog on presidential power can be found at He is the author of Bitter Harvest: FDR, Presidential Power, and the Growth of the Presidential Branch and has published numerous articles on the presidency, presidential decision-making, and presidential advisers. His current book manuscript, titled "The President and the White House Staff: People, Positions and Processes, 1945-2012," examines the growth of presidential staff in the post-World War II era.