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Political scholars to discuss role of religion in 2004 election

Author: Arts and Letters


The extent to which religion and “moral values” actually affected the 2004 presidential election will be the focus of a roundtable discussion at 2p.m. Dec. 2 (Friday) in McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the roundtable is part of a conference, titled “A Matter of Faith? Religion in the 2004 Election,” which will examine such topics as the Catholicism of President Kennedy and 2004 presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, gay marriage and how that issue affected voters, and what the role of religion means for the future of American politics.

Participants in the discussion are:

  • John C. Green, professor of political science and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, and co-author of “The Bully Pulpit: Politics of Protestant Clergy” and “The Diminishing Divide: Religion’s Changing Role in American Politics”
  • Sunshine Hillygus, assistant professor of government at Harvard University and faculty fellow of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy
  • David E. Campbell, assistant professor of political science at Notre Dame_,_ and an expert in American politics, political participation, religion and politics, and education policy
  • J. Matthew Wilson, an associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University who specializes in public opinion, religion and politics, and elections

Originally published by Susan Guibert at on November 23, 2005.