John Lapinski, Ph.D.Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

John Lapinski, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the director of the Program on Election Research and Election Studies at Penn. He also serves as the Director of the Elections Unit at NBC News, which projects races for NBC and analyzes and produces election-related stories through exit polls for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, and all of NBC’s digital properties. He has worked as a consultant at NBC News for more than 10 years. Dr. Lapinski earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2000, and previously was an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. He came to Penn in 2006. His primary area of research is concerned with understanding national elections as well as lawmaking in Congress through empirical analysis. His most recent book, The Substance of Representation: Congress, American Political Development, and Lawmaking, came out in the summer of 2013 from Princeton University Press. He is currently writing Southern Nation (also contracted with Princeton University Press), which assesses the pivotal role of the South in crafting laws for the United States.