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CANCELED: DPE Tuesday Talk Series: Marcia Godwin, “Southern California’s Flipped Congressional Districts”

Due to ongoing health concerns, this event has been canceled. For more information about the status CGU events and the precautions we are taking during this time, click here.

The Division of Politics and Economics invites the CGU community to attend this week’s Tuesday Lunch Talk featuring, Marcia Godwin, professor of public administration at the University of La Verne. Lunch will be provided.


Marcia L. Godwin (PhD, Political Science, Claremont Graduate University, 2000) is professor of public administration at the University of La Verne where she teaches graduate courses and is director of the Master of Public Administration program. Godwin has extensive experience in local government administration. Her research has been published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Policy Studies Journal, State and Local Government Review, and other publications. She is coeditor of Local Politics and Mayoral Elections in 21st Century America: The Keys to City Hall (Routledge 2015), The Roads to Congress 2016 (Palgrave Macmillian 2017), and The Roads to Congress 2018 (Palgrave Macmillian 2019). She also provides media commentary for Southern California newspapers and has been quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, PolitiFact, and other national publications. Research interests include public policy, electoral politics, participatory budgeting, local government innovation, civic engagement, and public affairs education.

Marcia Godwin, PhD

Talk Title: Southern California’s Flipped Congressional Districts

Seven of California’s 53 Congressional Districts flipped from Republicans to Democrats in the 2018 Midterm Elections. Five of those districts in Southern California were in Southern California. This presentation will include an analysis of the 2018 election, a comparison of the voter registration trends in the districts versus the state, an overview of the varying experiences of the new Congress Members that illustrates the diversity rather than homogeneity of these districts, and initial analysis of the March 2020 primary election results.