President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address Tuesday night, which served as a hopeful goodbye and a call to action, urging Americans to bring about positive change and stand up to threats that challenge democracy. We spoke with political experts William Crotty and Nick Beauchamp for their reactions.
The latest legislative session is only hours old, but already wrought with controversy. Nicholas Beauchamp, an expert in U.S. politics, says this is only the beginning, and advises onlookers to keep an eye out for tension, discord, and the deployment of unconventional political tactics over the coming year.
After a contentious and polarizing presidential race, Republican Donald J. Trump surged to victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Here, two political science professors discuss the significance and implications of the historic outcome.
Knowing society’s constant demand for immediate, real-time information, assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp developed a model that uses tweets to gauge public opinion of candidates more quickly than traditional polls.
Wednesday morning House Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, began a sit-in on the House floor demanding votes on gun-control legislation. C-SPAN picked up the live feeds that members streamed from their smartphones after Republicans shut down the chamber. Here, Northeastern faculty members shed light on the significance of the protest and the role of social media in its impact.
On Wednesday, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy launched a nearly 15-hour filibuster, pressing the Senate to call a vote on existing gun-reform legislation. Here, Nick Beauchamp, assistant professor of political science, talks about the filibuster and what, if anything, it might accomplish.
The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is working with a British data company to develop behavior-based models of American voters. As voters head to the polls today as part of Super Tuesday, we asked professor Nick Beauchamp if the practice, called microtargeting, is the quintessential form of political persuasion or simply a dirty trick played on the unwitting public.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered the final State of the Union address of his two-term presidency. To provide analysis of the president’s remarks, we turned to professor Nick Beauchamp, an expert on U.S. politics and political methodology who has developed a new method to visualize the language and themes of political speeches.
The Obama administration’s agenda, the next presidential campaign, and political behavior on social media are among the topics that assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp will be closely following this year.
Northeastern’s new suite of interdisciplinary data science programs will include a graduate certificate in data science and master’s degrees in business analytics and urban informatics.
The Political Methodologist, Fall 2011