March 20, 2007

HARRISONBURG—Dr. Edward Wagner, who represented the United States and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during the parliamentary elections last year in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will speak at James Madison University on “Elections and Democratization: Observations of an Election Observer” on Monday, March 26, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in ISAT 159 part of the Guardian Lecture Series sponsored by the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Wagner is an Educational Assessment Specialist at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey, where, among other things, he is responsible for developing the Advanced Placement (AP) Comparative Government and Politics exam. He is a comparativist who studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his primary interests are issues related to democratization and Eastern Europe.  Before joining ETS, he conducted research on elections and security in Eastern Europe and Russia at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. He has also taught courses in comparative politics and international relations at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Wagner’s presentation on elections and democratization will be followed by a response from Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute, who has served as an election monitor in several African countries.