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Karen Hult

Professor of Political Science, Virginia Tech

Karen M. Hult is a presidential expert with specialties in election results, the Electoral College, election security, in-person and mail-in voting, voter behavior, and misinformation.

She is a professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech, where she also is a core faculty member in the Center for Public Administration & Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs.

She is the author or co-author of four books — “Agency Merger and Bureaucratic Redesign;” “Governing Public Organizations;” “Empowering the White House: Governance under Nixon, Ford and Carter;” and “Governing the White House: From Hoover through LBJ”). Her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is finishing a co-authored volume (with David Cohen and Charles Walcott) on White House chiefs of staff from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump. Hult is on the board of the White House Transition Project, for which she has been a contributing scholar since 2000.

Currently, she serves on the editorial boards of Administration & Society, Congress and the Presidency, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs. Hult has been an election night analyst on WFXR News and the National Public Radio affiliate WVTF; she speaks with journalists about the U.S. presidency, the White House, and Virginia policy, politics, and government.

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State Expertise: National, Va.
Speaks: English

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  • Election Results
  • Election Security
  • Electoral College
  • In-person Voting
  • Mail-in Voting
  • Misinformation
  • Voter Behavior

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