Featuring Nicholas Stephanopoulos

The most important political trend of the past generation has been the polarization of American legislators and voters. Both in Congress and in state legislatures, representatives are more ideologically divided than at any point since the Gilded Age. Voters too are more partisan than in earlier periods—more committed to party, less likely to split tickets, and more hostile to the other side. In this lecture, Nicholas Stephanopoulos will explore the implications of these developments for American election law, which was shaped in the less polarized 1960s and 1970s. If this body of doctrine is to function properly in today’s hyperpartisan America, it must be dramatically revised.

Contact alumniassociation@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.

Event Details

6:30 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00 p.m. Reception

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies

Parking Information

Valet parking is $25 for the event or $50 for overnight.

Featured Faculty


Nicholas Stephanopoulos is a professor of law at the University of Chicago, where his research and teaching interests include election law, constitutional law, legislation, administrative law, comparative law, and local government law. He is also active in litigation, including the Gill v. Whitford partisan gerrymandering case, which is based on his research and is currently pending before the Supreme Court. Stephanopoulos received his JD from Yale, his MPhil in European studies from the University of Cambridge, and his BA in government from Harvard.