The Road to the White House 2008


Course Objective: To study the history and politics of U.S. presidential campaigns, including an intensive 10-day internship in New Hampshire leading up to the first-in-the-nation primary.

Students had the opportunity to intern for one of the presidential campaigns in NEW HAMPSHIRE, home of the first-in-the-nation primary. Students learned first-hand about presidential campaigns and the presidential nominating process.

Seminars were led and internships arranged and supervised by Professor Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, a former White House staffer and veteran of several presidential campaigns who has extensive political experience in New Hampshire.

In our seminars we discussed topics such as the presidential nominating process, the national conventions, voter turnout, campaign finance, third party and independent candidates, the electoral college, and the nature of presidential campaigns.

19 Undergraduate and Graduate Students

11 Campaigns

3 Cities

Students interned for the following presidential campaigns: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

Click to read student blogs from their experiences on working on the presidential primary campaign trail

Click to see photos and videos of the students from their experiences

Click to view the course syllabus

Click to view the New Hampshire Itinerary

View the students’ campaign placements.

For more information about this course, please contact
Professor Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan