Kevin Wagner, Ph.D.
Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., received his J.D. from the University of Florida and worked as an attorney and member of the Florida Bar in Palm Beach Gardens. He left the full-time practice of law and returned to the University of Florida to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science. His research and teaching interests include American politics, campaigns and elections, media and politics, and American political thought.
Tweeting to Power: Inside the Online Campaign
In this lecture, Dr. Wagner will give an inside view of his new book on the power of the new media to drive political change. The lecture will delve into how the new book from Oxford University Press explains the future of campaigns, elections and government in the United States and what it will mean for the parties, politicians and the country.
American Politics Now
Inside the Media, Polling and Partisanship
This series will explore the way that mass media influences politics in America. Using visuals and the latest political happenings, this series will show what to take from newscasts, campaigns and polls and where conventional wisdom is often wrong. Dr. Wagner will present survey results, media reports and analysis of the latest happenings in American politics. The lectures will illustrate how the political system is shifting with new technology and unrestricted money from political interest groups. The series will also explore the implications of the new Super-Pacs and what it means for future campaigns. Combining visuals, data and occasional humor, Dr. Wagner will show how events, technology, media and politicians are shaping the political discourse and what it means for America.
Media, Scandals and Politics
Dr. Wagner will explore the drivers of the current partisan stalemate in Congress by reviewing the changes in political media, parties, interest groups and public opinion. Each lecture will explore modern politics from the lens of political history and Dr. Wagner's research on the growing shifts in the political media and political process. Using a combination of current events, polling, media clips and occasional humor, Dr. Wagner will unravel the state of modern politics and show where we are headed in the upcoming mid-term elections and beyond.