Dole Institute announces panelists for 2022 Post-Election Conference

November 30, 2022 - News

LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announces panelists for its 2022 Post-Election Conference.

Dole Institute Director Emeritus Bill Lacy returns to moderate this comprehensive biennial conference that delves into the key strategies of elections. The Post-Election Conference follows each national election and features political experts, state and national strategists, pollsters, journalists, and campaign officials who analyze how and why elections were won and lost, and what that will mean for the next two years.

The conference will take place in three parts: a Kansas session on Tuesday, December 6, 2-5 p.m.; a national session on Wednesday, December 7, 3-5:30 p.m.; and a second national session on Thursday, December 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All sessions are free and open to the public. A free livestream will be available at

“The results of 2022 midterm elections have defied expectations in many ways,” said Audrey Coleman, director of the Dole Institute. “We’re excited to welcome back Director Emeritus Bill Lacy, Dole Fellow Jerry Seib, and top strategists, journalists, and political science experts at both the state and national level for an in-depth review of this consequential election cycle.”

Panelists for the Post-Election Conference are listed below:

Kansas Session:

  • Katie Bernard, reporter for the Kansas City Star
  • Evan Gates, executive director at Kansas Values Institute
  • Alexandra Middlewood, assistant professor of political science at Wichita State University
  • Patrick Miller, associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas
  • Shelbi Dantic, campaign manager for Laura Kelly’s 2022 gubernatorial campaign
  • CJ Grover, campaign manager for Derek Schmidt’s 2022 gubernatorial campaign

National Sessions:

  • Gerald F. Seib, former executive editor of The Wall Street Journal
  • Brendan Buck, former aide to Speaker Ryan
  • Mike Shields, co-founder of Convergence Media, Republican strategist
  • Molly Murphy, president of Impact Research, Democratic strategist
  • Joshua Jamerson, east coast bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal
  • Jessica Taylor, Senate and Governors editor for The Cook Political Report

All sessions will take place at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive. More information on the program, as well as ongoing additions to the panels, can be found on the Dole Institute’s website,

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