Eric Burin earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign in 1998. The following year, Dr. Burin joined the History faculty at the University of North Dakota. Over the years, Dr. Burin has taught undergraduate and graduate classes on a variety of topics, including the Early American Republic, the Civil War Era, Comparative Slavery, and African-American History.
The 2016 presidential election sparked increased interest in the Electoral College. In response to Donald Trump winning the presidency despite losing the popular vote, numerous individuals weighed in with letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, blog posts, videos, and the like. Thanks to the revolution in digital communications, these items have reached an exceptionally wide audience. In short, never before have so many people had so much to say about the Electoral College. This collection offers brief essays that examine the Electoral College from different disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, mathematics, political science, history, and pedagogy. Picking the President is also available online through The Digital Press at UND.