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Lynn Vavreck is a Marvin Hoffenberg professor of American politics and public policy professor at UCLA, teaching courses on campaigns, elections and public opinion. She co-authored “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America” and has also contributed pieces to The Upshot at the New York Times. In 2015 Lynn was the recipient of the Andrew F. Carnegie Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She went to  Arizona State University where she received a B.S. in political science and also studied geology and English. Lynn also received her MA & PhD in political science from the University of Rochester.


  • What three skills Lynn looks for in any new hire (4:27)
  • Whether your college major is a deal breaker when pursuing a career in political science (5:45) 
  • Does graduate school matter when applying for a higher education faculty role  (8:02)
  • Why experiencing a major fail is important in the field of political science (9:14)
  • What’s the best career advice she’s ever received (13:18)
  • How a movie like Indiana Jones gives you a window into teaching in higher education (14:14)
  • If you want to learn more about what Lynn does as a poli sci professor at UCLA and how she built her career check out T4C episode #372

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