The Experts

Dante Scala

Dante Scala is an associate professor in political science at the University of New Hampshire and a fellow at UNH's Carsey School of Public Policy. He has studied the role of New Hampshire in the presidential nomination process for 15 years, and his expertise is recognized locally and nationally. His 2003 book on the New Hampshire presidential primary, Stormy Weather, was described as "a political junkie's dream" by the late David Broder of The Washington Post. Scala's articles and book chapters have been published in various scholarly outlets, including Temple University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield, American Review of Politics, PS, and the New England Journal of Political Science. Scala's second book (co-authored with Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center), The Four Faces of the Republican Party and the Fight for the 2016 Presidential Nomination, will be published this fall by Palgrave Macmillan. Scala is a graduate of Villanova University. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Find him on Twitter at @Graniteprof.


Andy Smith

Andy Smith has been Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center since 1999 and is an associate professor in UNH's Department of Political Science. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Cincinnati and learned survey research at the UC Institute for Policy Research. Smith and the UNH Survey Center are well known for their polling for media organizations including the Portland (ME) Press Herald, The Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Hartford Courant, USA Today, CNN and Fox News, as well as local televisions stations in Boston, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. He has published in APSR and POQ, and is co-author with David Moore of Out of the Gate: The New Hampshire Primary in the Political Process which will be published in Fall 2015 by University Press of New England. Find him on Twitter at @smithanh.


The Course

This free online course will investigate the primary with an eye towards both the past and present. Students will participate in online discussions, complete interactive modules and watch high-quality video lectures produced in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television.

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The Experts

Dante Scala and Andy Smith are go-to sources for anyone curious about New Hampshire's presidential primary. Journalists around the world have them on speed dial. The books they've written are must-reads for political junkies. They've spent decades pondering the who, what and why of the primary. Scala and Smith are also funny and adept at explaining complex electoral issues to a general audience.

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The Conversation

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