Department of Political Science


Policy & Practice: The US Midterm Elections

03 November 2022, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

Policy and Practice seminar. The US midterms

ONLINE EVENT: What will the 2022 midterm elections mean for American politics and policy? Midterms typically serve as a referendum on the president and the party in office. But in an election year that has seen a roiling economy, the overturning of abortion rights, and the resurgence of Donald Trump, conventional wisdom may not apply. How is voter mobilization different this year, and what results should we expect? How would changes to the composition of Congress affect domestic and foreign policy? In this panel discussion, three leading experts - James Boys (Tufts University), Kyle Kondik (University of Virginia), and Lindsay Newman (S&P Global) - will examine the significance of the midterms and the state of democracy in America more broadly.

Event Information

Open to







Eleanor Kingwell-Banham


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street

About the speakers

James D. Boys is a Boston-based British expert on US politics and grand strategy, with over a decade’s experience of on-camera political analysis work for the BBC, Sky News, CNBC and CNN. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies at Tufts University's Fletcher School, where he is continuing research into the Madman Theory in U.S. Grand Strategy. He is the author of three books to date: Clinton’s Grand Strategy: US Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World (2015); Hillary Rising (2016), and Clinton’s War on Terror (2018).

Kyle Kondik is managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ authoritative, nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections. He is a frequently cited expert on American politics who has appeared on CNNFox NewsMSNBCPBS NewsHour and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. His book on Ohio’s presidential voting history, The Bellwether, was released in June 2016.

Lindsay Newman is the Head of Geopolitical Thought Leadership, Economics, and Country Risk at S&P Global, where she focuses largely on US domestic politics and foreign policy developments. Prior to S&P, she was a Senior Research Fellow with the US and Americas Programme at Chatham House, and she was a frequent contributor to the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, and other media outlets.

Chair: Thomas Gift (CUSP)


This is event will take place via Zoom. 

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