The 2018 Midterm Elections: Races and Issues

Consider the pivotal races and issues shaping the 2018 United States and Texas midterm elections with scholars from Rice University and other institutions.

Amidst a growing partisan divide in the United States, the 2018 midterm elections are attracting an unusual amount of interest. In addition to standard questions about which party will emerge with control of Congress and the projected outcomes of various state and local races, a number of defining issues are rising to the forefront of our national awareness. As a nation, we are grappling with such pivotal concerns as the treatment of women and people of color, the rights of immigrants, the role of social media in influencing public opinion and more. Our region is also seeking to bolster its resilience and harness the community engagement that resulted from Hurricane Harvey. Scholars from Rice University and the Houston community examine these and other political and social factors shaping the midterm elections and the future of our region and country.

Image:  Early voters in Baltimore, Maryland. (Flickr/Jay Baker)


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1607.F18.1 The 2018 Midterm Elections: Races and Issues Instructors On-campus 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2018

Instructor: The 2018 Midterm Elections: Races and Issues Instructors

Sept. 24. “Overview: The National and Local Political Landscape.” Robert Stein, Ph.D., Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, Rice University

Oct. 1. “Gender and Politics.” Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Ph.D., professor, Department of Political Science, Rice University

Oct. 8. “Race, Social Identity and Politics.” Matthew Hayes, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Rice University

Oct. 15. “Social Media, Politics and Public Opinion.” Mark Jones, Ph.D., Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science and political science fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Oct. 22. “The National Outlook: U.S. Congressional and Gubernatorial Races and Lessons Learned from the 2016 Presidential Election.” Dr. Stein

Oct. 29. “The Local and State Outlook: Key Issues and Races.” Richard Murray, Ph.D., director for the Survey Research Institute and professor, Department of Political Science, University of Houston

Nov. 5. “Democracy and Disagreement: Fostering Discourse in an Era of Partisanship.” Elizabeth Barre, Ph.D., executive director, Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Nov. 12. Post-Election Panel. Dr. Stein (moderator); Dr. Hayes; Dr. Jones; Dr. Murray; Dr. Schwindt-Bayer

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 24, 2018

End Date: Nov. 12, 2018

Schedule: 7-8:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $235

Early Registration: $225 if registering by Sept. 10

Rice Alumni: $212

CEUs: 1.2