Author and scholar to provide insights on presidential race

Dr. Caroline J. Tolbert, an author and professor of American politics at the University of Iowa, will discuss the 2012 presidential race during a free lecture 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

Tolbert, former co-director of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll, has an extensive background in researching political behavior and elections. She will share her knowledge and unique perspectives of the American political process as it pertains to the current presidential campaign.

Among books she has authored are “Why Iowa? How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process” and “Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society and Participation,” which was ranked one of the top 20 best-selling titles in the social sciences by the American Library Association. Also, she will be one of the newest authors for one of the nation’s most popular political science textbooks, “We the People: An Introduction to American Politics.”

She has written numerous scholarly articles as well.

Tolbert was honored in 2009 with the Collegiate Scholar Award, presented by the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to recognize mid-career faculty members for exceptional achievement in research and teaching.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s in public policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a doctorate in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Her visit is hosted by Antelope Valley College’s political science faculty members.