Kelly Patterson

Professor of Political Science and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, Brigham Young University

The Politics of Incivility: Why America seems to have lost its way

Monday, October 19, 3:45 – 4:30 pm. Imperial Ballroom.

Noted pollster Kelly Patterson will look at the projections for the 2020 races and discuss what this means for our politics, and why so many people seem to have become comfortable with such an outrageous political discourse. By examining the polarization in American politics, Patterson will discuss the various ways in which polarization manifests itself in political discourse, governance, and community affairs and explore whether polarization is a necessary evil in American politics with which Americans must simply live and the features of a new politics that seek to go beyond the polarizing politics of the 21st century.

About Kelly

Kelly D. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He completed his undergraduate degree at BYU and a Ph.D. at Columbia University in political science. His research interests include campaigns and elections, public opinion, and political parties. His publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Behavior. He regularly teaches courses in American politics. Professor Patterson worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association. His administrative assignments have included being chair of the department of political science, director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, and an associate dean in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences.