Unlocking the key to creating successful, sustainable presidential campaigns is just one of the many areas in which Samuel L. Popkin’s, Ph.D., specializes. Trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Popkin is a Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego who served as a consulting analyst in the Clinton and Gore presidential campaigns, as well as to the United States Departments of State and Defense and political parties in Canada and Europe.
Dr. Popkin’s research touches on a number of diverse areas, including campaigning, the relationship of public opinion to foreign policy, rational choice theory, survey design and analysis, economics, and sociology. In 1972, Dr. Popkin was questioned before a grand jury regarding the Pentagon Papers case, which was a secret study of the United States Department of Defense’s military and political relations with Vietnam. The study, which was exposed to the public in 1971, revealed a number of occurrences and intentions that were hidden from the media and thus never reported to the public. As a result of his interrogation, the Faculty Council passed a resolution condemning the government’s interrogation of scholars.
Dr. Popkin has published a number of books, including his most recent, The Candidate: What it Takes to Win (and Hold) the White House, where he focuses on how a change of approach is essential in developing each new political campaign. “What gets someone to the White House will never keep them there,” says Popkin. “Every election, reporters will ask me whether the incumbent can do again what he did four years earlier. Explaining why they can’t, and why the do-it-again idea is a fallacy, really motivated the book.”
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