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Costas Panagopoulos
Professor of Political Science, and Chair of the Department of Political Science

Costas Panagopoulos in the Press

Costas Panagopoulos for Northeastern Global News

Have the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary outlived their usefulness?
A stack of identical pins featuring a white background and red text that reads "Iowa 2024" for the state's early voting.

Have the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary outlived their usefulness?

Early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire are becoming less relevant in presidential elections, say Northeastern experts.
The presidential election is one year out. Why predictions are more reliable than polls when picking a winner
Molly Wheeler wearing a sweater with stars and stripes on it sets up an interactive board display.

The presidential election is one year out. Why predictions are more reliable than polls when picking a winner

This far in advance, experts say polls are generally "unpredictive" and won't get more accurate until the election is closer.
Taylor Swift’s boost to voter registration (and to Travis Kelce) — are there any limits to her celebrity?
Taylor Swift cheering at a Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri.

Taylor Swift’s boost to voter registration (and to Travis Kelce) — are there any limits to her celebrity?

Taylor Swift’s recent boost to voter registration (and to Travis Kelce) depicts the transcendent nature of her stardom.
Why aren’t the Democrats running against Joe Biden in 2024? The trouble with ‘intra-party’ challenges to a sitting president
president Joe Biden smiling in front of microphone

Why aren’t the Democrats running against Joe Biden in 2024? The trouble with ‘intra-party’ challenges to a sitting president

It appears the Democrats are committed to a second Biden presidency—an indication that they might be looking to play it safe, an expert says.
Is Ron DeSantis’ war against Disney a campaign killer for the presidential hopeful?
Ron DeSantis speaking at an event

Is Ron DeSantis’ war against Disney a campaign killer for the presidential hopeful?

The Florida governor’s showdown with Disney is his latest attempt to score political points in the culture wars. But he is playing with fire.
Trump, Biden likely to focus on energizing core supporters more so than undecideds in first presidential debate

Trump, Biden likely to focus on energizing core supporters more so than undecideds in first presidential debate

The move away from showering swing voters with attention has a lot to do with technology that allows campaigns to micro-target supporters down to where they live, says Costas Panagopoulos, chair of Northeastern’s Department of Political Science, whose new book connects election data to insights gained from behavioral social science.
Attorney General William Barr says the Mueller report cleared Donald Trump of obstructing justice. Does it?

Attorney General William Barr says the Mueller report cleared Donald Trump of obstructing justice. Does it?

Attorney General William P. Barr characterized the report by Special Counsel Robert F. Mueller released Thursday as much more favorable toward President Donald J. Trump than the actual report appears to be, according to Northeastern law and political science professors. The gulf between Barr’s assessment of the report and the findings of the report could erode the trust Americans have in the rule of law, they said.
What to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union address

What to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union address

Northeastern professors Costas Panagopoulos and Thomas Vicino weigh in on what President Trump might say in the State of the Union and how the Democrats might respond to the national address.
George H.W. Bush’s legacy: Respect for the presidency, a bellwether for US politics

George H.W. Bush’s legacy: Respect for the presidency, a bellwether for US politics

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, was the last in an “older breed of politicians” who treated the presidency with “the respect it deserves,” said Costas Panagopoulos, a political science professor at Northeastern. Bush died on Friday, at 94 years old.
Impeachment, control of Congress, referendum on Trump are in the balance in midterm elections

Impeachment, control of Congress, referendum on Trump are in the balance in midterm elections

On Nov. 6, the United States could see an election like no other. As the first popular referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency, this year’s midterm elections may raise the possibility of impeachment by the House with an equal chance of acquittal by the Senate, said Northeastern political science professor Costas Panagopoulos.