Friday  Oct. 11, 2019 
10:00 AM
Providence United
Methodist Church

Making Predictions About Politics: A Cure for Polarization?

Can making bets about the future prevent nasty disagreements about politics? In this presentation, Dr. Aaron Houck, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Queens University of Charlotte, will make the case that making and tracking predictions about politics can help citizens establish empirical common ground with each other—and perhaps alleviate the problems of ideological polarization.

Dr. Houck will provide suggestions for how to choose topics for predictions, how to make predictions, and how to assess your predictions. Come learn a fun method for evaluating how accurate your worldview is (or isn’t!).



Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, August 2015–.

DAVIDSON COLLEGE, Davidson, NC. 2013–2015
Assessment Coordinator, Davidson Next, July 2014–August 2015

Adjunct Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science, August 2013–May 2014.


Associate Director, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Charlotte, February 2008–June 2009.

Research Assistant, June 2007–February 2008.

ROBINSON, BRADSHAW & HINSON, P.A., Charlotte, NC. 2005–2007

Associate Attorney, Real Estate Department, September 2005–June 2007.

DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham, NC. 2009–2014

     Ph.D., Political Science, September 2014.

     M.A., Political Science, May 2012.
     Honors: James B. Duke Fellow, University Scholar.
     Dissertation: “Judicial Review, the Long-Run Game: Endogenous Institutional Change       at the U.S. Supreme Court.” Committee: Jack Knight (chair), John Aldrich, Guy-Uriel          Charles, David Rohde, Georg Vanberg.

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA. 2002–2005  J.D., June 2005.

DAVIDSON COLLEGE, Davidson, NC. 1998–2002
     B.A., Economics and Political Science, cum laude, May 2002.
     Honors: John M. Belk Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta       Epsilon.


Houck, Aaron M. 2019. “Failure to Launch: False Starts in Designing the Political Capstone as a True Ending to the Major.” Journal of Political Science Education DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2019.1598873

Abramson, Paul R., John H. Aldrich, Abraham Diskin, Aaron M. Houck, Renan Levine, Thomas J. Scotto, and David Sparks. 2018. “The Effect of National and Constituency Expectations on Tactical Voting in the British General Election of 2010” in The Many Faces of Strategic Voting, (John H. Aldrich, André Blais, and Laura Stephenson, eds.), University of Michigan Press.

Houck, Aaron M. and Brian P. Smentkowski. 2018. “Brett Kavanaugh,” Encyclopædia Britannica.

Houck, Aaron M. and Brian P. Smentkowski. 2018. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Encyclopædia Britannica.

Historic Brattonsville

Field Trip
October 9, 2019 

Cost: Seniors $9 with Guided Tour

Leaving 10 AM from the Queens University Sports Complex
Following the tour we will stop for a "Dutch Treat" lunch in Rock Hill


Experience living history, including the African American story, at this 775-acre Revolutionary War site. Explore the Bratton Plantation, owned and lived on by three generations of the Bratton family.

Historic Brattonsville presents the history of the Scots-Irish and African-Americans in the South Carolina upcountry largely through preserving and interpreting the story of the Bratton community. Featuring more than 30 historic structures from the 1760s to the late 19th century, the site provides visitors with an opportunity to see the evolution of Southern culture and architecture in the Carolina Piedmont. 

Learn how people farmed the land, cooked their food and entertained themselves in the 18th and 19th centuries at this 778-acre living history museum. Historical farming techniques and day-to-day activities are presented by costumed interpreters year-round. Also, explore the Huck's Defeat Battlefield Trail and video documentary that bring to life one of the most important Revolutionary War battles in the Carolinas.

To register contact John Ferguson at 704 572-6789.



Lunch Bunch

October 25th

Ruth McDevitt

at the lunch table

Save the Dates-- April 27, 2020 to April 30, 2020 for the 

Wildacres Retreat
Registration opens January 2020
Cost: $250 per person Double Occupancy
Topics: TBD

Great Decisions 2019

Kindle version -  now available to download from Kindle for $12.99
Topics 2019

Refugees and Global Migration

The Middle East: Regional Disorder

Nuclear negotiations:
Back to the Future

The Rise of Populism in Europe

Decoding U.S.-China Trade

India and Its Neighbors

Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics

The United State and Mexico: Partnership Tested

State of the State Department
and Diplomacy

Topics 2020

Climate Change and the Global Order 

India and Pakistan 

Red Sea Security 

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

U.S. Relations with the
Northern Triangle 

China’s Road into Latin America

The Philippines and the U.S. 

Artificial Intelligence and Data 


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Membership for 2020 will open October 18th. Annual renewal is $20.

New membership dues are $30 a calendar year and include a nametag. 


Print and bring or mail a completed form with payment to the membership desk.

Click here to download the membership form  (pdf)

FREE Season Passes for all Queens University

Sporting Events

Available on the card table in the back. 

Senior Scholars Meets Friday Mornings 10 AM - 11 AM

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Queens University  1900 Selwyn Avenue MSC 1409 Charlotte, NC 28274

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