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How the United States Selects its Presidents
- Andrei Greenawalt
The long process by which the Democratic and Republican parties nominate their presidential candidates is complex and not well understood even by many experienced observers. From the different ways that states award delegates, to the operation of caucuses and primaries, to the role of party conventions, candidates must navigate a strange set of rules before winning their party’s nomination. And if successful, they then must compete for the presidency with a separate set of unusual electoral rules. To better understand these important issues, as well as the state of the presidential campaign, we will have a discussion with Andrei Greenawalt followed by Q&A with the audience.
Andrei Greenawalt worked on President Obama’s first campaign for the presidency in 2007/2008 and then spent more than five years at the White House working on regulatory and policy issues. He served as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and was also a Policy Advisor to the Office of the Chief of Staff. He then was a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in Tokyo. He also taught a class on the American Presidency at TUJ.
Andrei also served as a law clerk to two Federal judges and worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Politics and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School.