Presidential Election, Obama, Romney Campaigns is Forum Topic at Taylor

Published: Oct 10, 2012

Dr. Peter Wielhouwer

Taylor University will host nationally-recognized scholar and political scientist Dr. Peter W. Wielhouwer for a forum titled: Election 2012: Evaluating the Presidential Campaigns of Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan.

The event will take place in the Whitaker Auditorium in the Metcalf Visual Arts Center from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, and is open to the public according to Dr. Stephen M. King, the R. Philip Loy Endowed Chair of Political Science at Taylor University.

“Besides being a nationally-recognized expert in campaigns and elections, faith and politics, and racial politics; Peter Wielhouwer is a sought-after consultant and conference speaker,” said King. “He conveys his message in a down-to-earth style, blending human relations stories with polling and other statistical data. Most importantly, though, Peter Wielhouwer is a solid Christian, whose professional background in political science is matched only by his personal character and integrity. I know the Taylor community will thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to hear from and engage with Dr. Wielhouwer on various aspects of the upcoming 2012 elections.”

Wielhouwer is an associate professor of political science at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Between 1995 and 2004 he taught at Spelman College (Ga.) and Regent University’s School of Government (Va.), where he directed the graduate program in campaign management and the nonpartisan Center for Grassroots Politics. From 2004 to 2005 he was speechwriter to the two-star general in charge of coordinating operational experiments for the U.S. military.

Wielhouwer has been published in professional journals that include The Journal of Politics and The American Journal of Political Science. He also has authored books including The Oxford Handbook of Religion in American Politics. He has served as a political consultant and is a regular speaker on the topics of faith and politics and American politics for universities, professional organizations, churches, and faith-based organizations.

The event is open to the public – there is no charge for admission.