Program Details

Presidential First Year

Kevin Wagner
Politics / Current Events
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This one-time lecture will explore and analyze the first year of the new presidency. Using exit polls and in-depth analysis, Wagner will explore the controversies, successes, and failures in a historical context. We will consider if the election changes American politics and what the likely future will hold. The lecture will explore the influences of technology, political media, parties, interest groups, and public opinion. Wagner will present survey results, media clips, and projection for the state of American politics going forward. Combining visuals, data, and occasional humor, Wagner will present a window on the future of American politics.

About the Instructor

  • Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., is the department chair in political science at FAU and was awarded the LLS Distinguished Professorship in current affairs twice. His research area is technology and politics, both in the United States and abroad. He has co-authored two books and many research articles in this area. His latest book, “Tweeting to Power: The Social Media Revolution in American Politics”, was published by Oxford University Press. Wagner has lectured extensively on technology and politics. He has completed a TEDx talk on the topic and has been cited in many leading newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Newsday, Dallas Morning News, and Miami Herald. He has been featured on national television shows, including MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and NBC’s “The Today Show”. Currently, he writes the weekly syndicated “Civics Project” column for Gannet Newspapers.

    Lifelong Learning Professorship in Current Affairs, 2017-18
    Lifelong Learning Professorship in Current Affairs, 2013-14