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Robert Speel

Robert Speel

Associate Professor of Political Science, Erie campus, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Speel earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania. His teaching and research interests include most aspects of American politics, including elections and voting behavior, state and urban politics, Congress and the Presidency, and public policy, as well as ethnic and racial politics and Canadian politics.

Penn State University Press published his book, Changing Patterns of Voting in the Northern United States, about the creation of the regional divide of Red States and Blue States in the United States.

He currently continues to research the development of regional movements and regional voting behavior in the United States and often speaks with media sources and to community groups about political campaigns and issues.

Dr. Speel is the recipient of 2008/09 Council of Fellows Excellence in Outreach Award and the 2006 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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US under Trump Series

Trump and the history of the 'First 100 Days'

Apr 20, 2017 02:26 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

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US Election Series

Three common arguments for preserving the Electoral College – and why they're wrong

Nov 15, 2016 10:52 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

In November 2000, newly elected New York Senator Hillary Clinton promised that when she took office in 2001, she would introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College, the 18th-century,...

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