The US electoral college: An 18th century relic in the 21st century



15 May 2013


United States Studies Centre

The framers of the United States Constitution forged a workable, if awkward, institution when they created the Electoral College as the means for selecting the president. This lecture addressed multiple shortcomings – in theory and practice – in the Electoral College and argued that some change, from the technical to a complete overhaul, would produce a more coherent and more democratic means of choosing the American president.

At this special event, the audience heard from Fulbright Flinders University Distinguished Chair in American Political Science, Professor Burdett A. Loomis. Professor Loomis has been awarded one of two prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chairs in American Political Science for 2012 sponsored by Flinders University.


  • Professor Burdett Loomis
    Professor, The University of Kansas

    Burdett A. Loomis visited the US Studies Centre in 2013. Loomis is Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1974 and served as an American Political Science Congressional Fellow in 1975-1976. He has written on a variety of topics, including Congress, interest groups, state legislatures, and public policy.