"Campaign Deconstructed" Speakers

John C. Green

Chris McNulty

Dr. Green is the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. He is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron, where he was recognized as an Outstanding Faculty Member in 1989 and 1994.  Prior to joining the University of Akron, he taught Political Science at Furman University.


Dr. Green received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University in 1983 and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1975. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Dr. Green has done extensive research on American religion and politics, political parties, and campaign finance. He is a Senior Fellow with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.


He is co-author of The Faith Factor: How Religion Influences American Elections (Praeger, 2007), The Diminishing Divide: Religion’s Changing Role in American Politics (Brookings Institution Press, 2000), The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy (University Press of Kansas, 1997), and Religion and the Culture Wars (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996).


He has also edited ten collections of essays, the best known of which are The State of the Parties (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), now in its seventh edition, and Financing the 1996 Election (M. E. Sharpe, 1999).  In addition, he has published more than sixty scholarly articles and some thirty-five essays in the popular press.


Dr. Green is a respected analyst of American and Ohio politics, and is widely quoted in the news media.


Chris McNulty, native of Northeast Ohio, has charged up the ladder from being an unpaid grassroots coordinator for a county judicial race to being Political Director of the Republican National Committee in a span of 20 years. Throughout his career, the need to learn lessons and improve, after both wins and losses, has been a central theme. Born in Columbus, Ohio, McNulty cut his teeth in politics organizing grassroots efforts for Judge Thomas Janas in 1994 in Lorain County.  Legendary Ohio Republican Party State Chairman Bob Bennett brought McNulty on as a Field Representative at the ORP in 1995 for his first paid political job.  McNulty became the Ohio GOP’s Political Director in 1997, and then Executive Director in 2000.   As Executive Director of the Ohio Republican Party, McNulty oversaw field-testing of micro-targeting and new grassroots techniques that ultimately helped deliver Ohio for President George W. Bush’s successful re-election campaign in 2004.  The ORP had a staggering 100 full-time employees at the peak of the 2004 campaign.   McNulty then served as the RNC’s Mid-West Regional Political Director from 2007 until 2010. The Mid-West saw massive gains at the congressional level. So much so, that Speaker John Boehner tapped McNulty to help retain the majority in 2012 as Deputy Executive Director in the Political Office of the Speaker. After disappointing results in the Presidential Election of 2012, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus brought McNulty on as Political Director of the RNC and tasked him with re-inventing the RNC’s Political Department.  As Political Director, McNulty pushed RNC Political Operations to catch up to and surpass the opposition in data and grassroots, including advances in technique, technology, and data. The advances included utilizing predictive modeling to guide paid and volunteer political programs in real time.


Chairman Priebus called McNulty a ’transformative’ Political Director for the work he did to bring RNC Political Operations up to speed. When he left the RNC, Republicans gained control of the Senate and were at historic high water mark's in the House and state elected office.



McNulty left the RNC in early 2015 to become Senior Vice President of Causeway Solutions, a Data and Grassroots Firm, based in New Orleans.  In addition, Chairman Priebus asked McNulty to assist with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Everything has come full circle. McNulty is now back in Ohio, living in Bay Village with his wife Jenna and their three children, and working on a Republican National Convention not far from where he had his first taste of politics. As a native northeast Ohioan ,and 21 year senior Republican operative,  it is a dream come true to help his party throw the biggest political party in his home town.


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