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William Crotty

William (Bill) Crotty

Professor Emeritus of Political Science



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Legal challenges to the election recounts and what comes next

Wisconsin’s pres­i­den­tial recount is almost done, but legal chal­lenges have halted the pro­ceed­ings in Michigan and Penn­syl­vania. We asked Bill Crotty, an expert on Amer­ican elec­tions, to explain what the recounts involve, why Trump sup­porters are working to block these efforts, and how the recount results might influ­ence future voting policies.

Las Vegas, USA - October 8, 2016: An editorial stock photo of the 2016 Presidential General Election Ballot. Focused on Hillary Clinton. Photographed using the Canon EOS 5DSR and Canon 100mm f2.8 IS L lens.

Fidel Castro’s death, his legacy, and what is next for US-​​Cuban relations

Fidel Castro, the Cuban rev­o­lu­tionary and con­tro­ver­sial global figure who defied the U.S. for decades, died Friday. “Castro is one of the tow­ering fig­ures of the Modern Era,” said pro­fessor José Buscaglia, a pio­neer in study abroad pro­grams by Amer­ican insti­tu­tions to Cuba. Here, Buscaglia and polit­ical sci­ence expert William Crotty reflect on Castro’s life and legacy.

Photo of Fidel Castro: Marcelo Montecino/Flickr

3Qs: Should the Electoral College be abolished?

Donald Trump won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but nar­rowly lost the pop­ular vote, prompting some to ques­tion whether the Elec­toral Col­lege is good for democ­racy. William Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus of polit­ical sci­ence, calls the Elec­toral Col­lege a “ter­rible system that has no place in an age where democ­racy is ascendant.”


Trump’s victory ‘one of the biggest political upsets in history’

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.


Election expert calls 2016 presidential race ‘a low point’ in the nation’s political history

The 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion has intro­duced many firsts for Amer­ican pol­i­tics, but it isn’t without prece­dent, says Bill Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus and an expert on pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics. “This is not the worst of times,” he explains, “but it is a low point in a country with a his­tory of polit­ical low points.” Here he talks about the “civil war” within the Repub­lican Party and the prob­lems for Democ­rats that “are just begin­ning to surface.”

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3Qs: The strategy of selecting a vice presidential candidate

After weeks of intense public spec­u­la­tion, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton intro­duced their vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. That got us won­dering how pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls select their run­ning mates and whether those selec­tions typ­i­cally impact elec­tions. Here, Bill Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus and an expert on pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics, exam­ines those questions.

The strategy of selecting a vice presidential candidate

How the Democratic Party’s email fiasco will affect the presidential race

The release of nearly 20,000 Demo­c­ratic National Com­mittee emails by Wik­ileaks on Friday cre­ated havoc within the party and forced the res­ig­na­tion of DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Rumors of Russia’s alleged involve­ment in the data breech added fur­ther intrigue to the story. We asked three North­eastern experts to weigh in on how the data dump will impact the elec­tion, the voting process, and the cyber­se­cu­rity of polit­ical parties.


Making sense of today’s political conventions

With the Repub­lican National Con­ven­tion set to begin on Monday in Cleve­land, Ohio, we spoke with North­eastern pro­fessor William Crotty about what actu­ally hap­pens at polit­ical con­ven­tions and the evolving role these con­ven­tions have played in pres­i­den­tial elections.


On presidential campaigns, a look forward

North­eastern on Thursday hosted its fourth annual con­fer­ence on pres­i­den­tial elec­tions and politics.

Jeff Clements

Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­toral win over Repub­lican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close pop­ular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the uni­ver­sity are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.


Election Day 2012

As the nation heads to the polls, here is a roundup of our pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cov­erage and where to watch the elec­tion results on campus.

Election Signs

3Qs: Candidates spar in aggressive VP debate

Experts in polit­ical analysis, public speaking and pres­i­den­tial debates weigh in on Thursday’s debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

2012 Vice Presidential Debate

3Qs: Partisan politics and the party platform

Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fes­sors William Mayer and William Crotty examine the impor­tance of polit­ical con­ven­tions and whether party plat­forms matter to voters and candidates.


3Qs: Is Romney-​​Ryan ticket a game-​​changer?

Pre­sump­tive Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial nom­inee Mitt Romney selected Wis­consin Con­gressman Paul Ryan as his run­ning mate on Sat­urday, ending months of spec­u­la­tion over who the former Mass­a­chu­setts gov­ernor would choose. We […]

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Announces Rep. Paul Ryan As His Vice Presidential Pick

3Qs: State of ’12 presidential campaigns

Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Bill Crotty weighs in on the pres­i­den­tial race between Barack Obama and Repub­lican Mitt Romney.

Presidential Election 2012 panel

3Qs: Few surprises on Super Tuesday

Ten states held pri­maries or cau­cuses on Super Tuesday, one of the biggest days of this year’s elec­tion season. We asked William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life and pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence, to weigh in on the latest elec­tion results.

Presidential Election 2012 panel

3Qs: Seeing politics from the front lines

As the Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial con­tenders engaged in a full-​​court press of cam­paigning ahead of today’s New Hamp­shire pri­mary, a group of 17 polit­ical sci­ence stu­dents and three pro­fes­sors were in the Granite State on Sunday to expe­ri­ence it first-​​hand. We talked to senior Nick Beek, the former pres­i­dent of the university’s Polit­ical Sci­ence Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion and cur­rent pres­i­dent of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Democ­rats, to dis­cuss what he observed.

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3Qs: All eyes on Iowa caucuses

On Tuesday, Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mitt Romney won the Iowa cau­cuses by a grand total of eight votes over Rick San­torum, whose surging can­di­dacy over­shad­owed the former Mass­a­chu­setts governor’s slim vic­tory. We asked polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor William Crotty, who spe­cial­izes in Amer­ican polit­ical par­ties and elec­tions, to ana­lyze the impli­ca­tions of the opening round of the GOP race for the White House.

Presidential Election 2012 panel

Assessing the 2012 presidential election

Scholars met last week to dis­cuss the state of the 2012 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which is already in full swing with the first GOP pri­maries only two months away.

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

3Qs: Disconnect between Obama and the Republican Party

A day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity on Thursday will explore the fas­ci­nating sub­plots of the polit­ical land­scape now that the 2012 elec­tions are less than a year away. The event was orga­nized by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life. To pre­view the con­fer­ence, we asked Crotty to examine how Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has fared in his first term in dealing with resis­tance from the Repub­lican Party.

Presidential Election 2012 panel

3Qs: On the road to job recovery?

Addressing both houses of Con­gress on Thursday night, Pres­i­dent Obama intro­duced the “Amer­ican Jobs Act,” a plan to help stim­u­late the trou­bled U.S. economy and encourage job cre­ation. Obama urged Con­gress to act quickly to pass the bill and made an effort to include pro­grams that have been sup­ported by both par­ties. We asked William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life and pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence, to pro­vide his per­spec­tive on the jobs plan and what role pol­i­tics might play in its suc­cess or failure.

Presidential Election 2012 panel

3Qs: Economy favors Romney in GOP race

Repub­lican hope­fuls faced off at Monday’s GOP pres­i­den­tial debate in New Hamp­shire, after which most pun­dits voted front-​​runner Mitt Romney best in show. William Crotty, the Thomas P O’Neill pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern and expert in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, explains Repub­li­cans‘ pri­mary cam­paign issues, the tac­tics used by pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates to stand out in a debate and why Romney is leading the GOP field, for now.


How’s Obama doing so far?

A con­fer­ence on the president’s first two years fea­tured pan­elists from uni­ver­si­ties throughout New England


The state of the State of the Union

As the nation rebounds from eco­nomic dis­aster and faces polit­ical divide in Wash­ington, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama deliv­ered his State of the Union address Tuesday night that put the economy front […]

Selected Publications

For a complete list of faculty citations, please visit iRis, Northeastern’s digital archive.


The Obama Presidency: Promise and Performance

Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield


POLITY: Special Edition: The 2008 Elections

Volume 41, Number 3, July 2009.


Review Essay: Protecting the Homeland: The Bush Administration at Work

POLITY, Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association, 2008.

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