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William G. Mayer

Associate Professor of Political Science



Related Articles

What to watch for during today’s presidential inauguration

Inau­gu­ra­tion Day is upon us. There’s a lot at stake for Donald Trump, and a lot to keep track of for those watching at home. We have you cov­ered with a schedule of the day’s events and insight from fac­ulty about Trump’s inau­gural address—including whether he’s likely to extend an olive branch to his dissenters.

The inauguration of President Barack Obama, January 20th 2009.  Unrecognizable crowds in the Washington Mall.

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: 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.

Courtesy photo.

How’s Obama doing so far?

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


Professor assesses Tea Party’s impact

As the nation pre­pares for the upcoming midterm elec­tions, it is unclear what effect the recently founded Tea Party move­ment will have in the voting booth. Here, William Mayer, associate […]

Selected Publications

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


The Making of the Presidential Candidates

Rowman and Littlefield, 2008


The Swing Voter in American Politics

Brookings Institution Press, 2008

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