The Meaning of the Midterms: Who Counted? Who Voted?

2018–2019 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture
The Meaning of the Midterms: Who Counted? Who Voted?

The year 2018 will be remembered for its surge in women's candidacies. Whether through individual, high-profile victories or the sheer force of hundreds upon hundreds of women standing for office, the midterm electoral cycle reflected options at the local, state, and national levels that were starkly different from any that Americans have confronted before at the ballot box. This panel will offer an analysis of the election results through a diverse set of perspectives—academic, experiential, gendered, generational, geographic, and political—to enhance our understanding of the roles of and results for women, people of color, immigrants, and other historically underrepresented groups.


  • Aimee Allison, president, Democracy in Color
  • Katherine J. Cramer, professor of political science, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Sarah Lentiboard member, Serve America Movement, and political consultant
  • Robert O. Self RI ’08, Mary Ann Lippitt Professor of American History, Brown University
  • Moderated by Asma Khalid, political reporter, NPR

Registration is closed, but walk-in attendees are welcome as space allows.

Free and open to the public.