Dr. Larry J. Sabato, The Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia will deliver this year’s address during the Washington and Lee University School of Law commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13. Please visit the commencement website for a detailed schedule of events.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Sabato is “probably the most quoted college professor in the land,” while he is dubbed by Fox News Channel as “America’s favorite political scientist.” Sabato has over thirty years of experience both in the classroom and in the anchor booth. As founder and director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, Dr. Sabato bridges the gap between the ivory tower and the real world on issues of critical importance to American democracy and the challenges facing our political process. The Center represents Dr. Sabato's mission: to improve civic education and the political process, and in doing so make government more relevant, more accessible and more meaningful for the average American.
During his address, Dr. Sabato will draw upon these experiences to discuss the integration of law and politics, and the important role that attorneys play in leading this process. His speech will be particularly relevant on this the 31st anniversary of the first graduating class of women from the law school, as he was a member of the first coeducational undergraduate class at the University of Virginia.
Sabato is the author of over 20 books and countless essays on the American political process, and his most recent books are Divided States of America: The Slash and Burn Politics of the 2004 Presidential Election (Longman, 2005); Get in the Booth! A Citizen's Guide to the 2004 Election (Longman, 2004); Midterm Madness: The Elections of 2002 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); Overtime: The Election 2000 Thriller (Longman, 2001); and Dangerous Democracy: The Battle Over Ballot Initiatives in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).
Dr. Sabato is just one of a dozen "University Professors" at U.Va. and is a former Rhodes Scholar and Danforth Fellow. After he received his B.A. in government from the University of Virginia, he did a year's graduate study in public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Upon receipt of the Rhodes scholarship in 1975, he left Princeton to begin study at Queen's College, Oxford University where he received his doctorate in politics after less than two years. He was invited to become an instructor for students in the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics program and, in January 1978, was elected lecturer in politics at New College, Oxford. He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in September 1978.
Dr. Sabato is the recipient of more than two-dozen major scholarships, grants, and academic awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the Outstanding Young Teacher Award from the University of Virginia, and Outstanding Professor Award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education, the U.Va. Outstanding Professor Award of 2000, and inclusion among the "Top-Ten-All-Time Favorite Teachers" by U.Va.'s Alumni Association. His visiting appointments include that of Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution and Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge University, England. In 2002, the University of Virginia conferred upon Dr. Sabato its highest honor, The Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to one individual since 1955.Email This Page