As the Democratic National Convention is about to get underway here in Milwaukee, the deep disappointment of what might have been is inescapable. The prospect of hosting more than 50,000 visitors during the convention and showcasing the city and state to audiences around the world evaporated with the decision to have a nearly all virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, small as it may be, the convention will still go on with Democrats formally nominating Joe Biden to be the party’s candidate in the November election.
On this edition of UWM Today, we talk about the DNC with two of UW-Milwaukee’s distinguished professors of political science. Kathy Dolan is the author of When Does Gender Matter?: Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections. Her research interests include electoral behavior, political participation and women and politics. Dolan is the co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Political Science and the chair of the University Committee. She is also a champion baker after her recipe for Tiramisu Alfajores won the grand prize in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s annual holiday cookie contest last year. Tom Holbrook, who is the Wilder Crane Professor of Government at UWM, is the author of Altered States: Changing Populations, Changing Parties, and the Transformation of the American Political Landscape. Holbrook has studied campaigns for three decades, focusing on campaigns and elections, political behavior and research methods in political science.