Carville, Matalin among political insiders to discuss 2020 election at Rice’s Baker Institute


Jeff Falk

Carville, Matalin among political insiders to discuss 2020 election at Rice’s Baker Institute

HOUSTON – (Dec. 3, 2019) – Leading academics, political experts and journalists from around the country will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Dec. 9 to explore the state of the 2020 presidential campaign season and what lies ahead.

The event will feature political consultants Mary Matalin and James Carville, the honorary directors of the conference, in a luncheon discussion moderated by Karen Johnson Rove, a government relations expert. Four panels will further explore the political and cultural issues surrounding the 2020 election, including political polarization, waning public confidence in social and political institutions, and the complexities of primaries and caucuses.

The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Presidential Elections Program, is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Who: For the agenda with the complete list of speakers and panelists, go to Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, the honorary chair of the Baker Institute, will introduce the luncheon discussion.

What: A conference titled “A Presidential Election in an Uncertain Time.”

When: Monday, Dec. 9, 8:40 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration and breakfast will be at 8:20.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

The Presidential Elections Program studies presidential elections in a nonpartisan and comprehensive manner, serving as a valuable source of data-driven analysis for citizens, journalists and political leaders alike. The program offers timely analysis during and after each presidential election cycle, allowing stakeholders of all parties and groups to better understand and interact with the changing dynamics of presidential campaigns. The program builds on the unrivaled experience of Baker, who played a leading role in five presidential campaigns. Veteran political consultants David Axelrod and Karl Rove  served as honorary directors of the program’s first conference in spring 2018.

The public must RSVP for the event at The conference will be webcast live at the event page. The social media hashtag for the event is #BakerPresElections.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).


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Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog,   

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.