Running for President During a Pandemic: The State of the Race Five Months Out

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom  Fee: $10 in advance


Matthew J. Dickinson

Professor of Political Science
Middlebury College

This talk examines the 2020 presidential election. How did Joe Biden defeat the largest candidate field in recent history to win the Democratic nomination? What are his chances against Donald Trump in November, and how much will the race be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

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.