GOVT 3220: Presidential Nominations Lab

Welcome to the website for Georgetown’s 2024 Presidential Nominations Lab. This course is application only. If you are interested in applying, see below.

Course description: Parties in the United States have a singularly unusual method of selecting their ultimate leaders. The mishmash product of decades of decisions involves party leaders, ordinary voters, campaign donors, media personalities and nearly every other actor of relevance in American politics. Moreover, the choice of nominee for the office of president may be even more significant than the choice made in the general election, especially in a polarized politics in which voters will typically choose their party’s candidate. But by opening the process to ordinary voters, both parties limit their ability to control of what has been called “the most important activity of the party.”

This course will explore the nominating system in America from the point of view of political science research. Students will have the opportunity to visit key sites in the process and participate in active research projects related to the nomination process.

This course is application-only. Applications involve two steps: (1)Record a video and (2) complete an application form. Applications will open in late September.

  1. Record a short video of yourself (2 to 3 minutes long) describing the state of the Republican presidential primary as of today. You can do as much or as little as you like with the presentation and production values. Past successful videos have ranged from highly polished and edited projects to simple and straightforward talking heads in front of your computer in your dorm room.
  2. Complete the application form and upload your video at the following link:

Application and upload here
(Applications will open in late

Please feel free to reach out with any questions about the course or the application process. I can be reached at My office hours are on Tuesdays, and you can make an appointment online. If the available times on Tuesday do not work for you, email me and we can make an appointment.

You can check out the current draft of the syllabus here and see information about the 2020 version of this course here.