Forum - David Magleby, Professor of Political Science

11:05 AM
Tuesday, 19 May, 2015

de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center - View Map

David Magleby, BYU professor of political science will deliver the Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture Forum. The Maeser Distinguished Faculty award is the highest honor given to faculty at BYU.

Contemporary American politics celebrates independence and punishes those who compromise. In his forum address, in his Forum address Magleby will argue that partisans are more praiseworthy and compromise is necessary to a functioning democracy.

Magleby's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.


Magleby is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is nationally recognized for his expertise on direct democracy, voting behavior and campaign finance. He is the principle investigator on CSED's projects monitoring soft money and issue advocacy in competitive federal elections.

His publications include Direct Legislation; The Money Chase: Congressional Campaign Finance Reform; The Myth of the Independent Voter; Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 1998 Congressional Elections; The Other Campaign: Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 2000 Congressional Elections; Financing the 2000 Election; The Last Hurrah? Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 2002 Congressional Elections; Electing Congress: New Rules for an Old Game; Dancing without Partners: How Candidates, Parties and Interest Groups Interact in the Presidential Campaign; Financing the 2004 Election; The Battle for Congress: Iraq, Scandal, and Campaign Finance in the 2006 Election; and several editions of the American government textbook Government by the People.

He is a former Dean of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences and former president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Additionally, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Nuffield College, Oxford University.