Allan Lichtman

Allan J. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University and formerly Chair of the Department of History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a scholar and public intellectual who has provided expert testimony in some 110 civil rights cases and discovered the discrimination against black voters that decided Florida’s 2000 presidential election. He has brought historical depth and perspective to contemporary issues through his 13 books, many hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and worldwide commentary in broadcast and print media. His 2008 book, White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. His 2013 book, FDR and the Jews (with Richard Breitman) won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish History and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize in History.

His most recent books include, The Embattled Vote In America: From The Founding To The Present (2018), Repeal The Second Amendment: The Case For A Safer America ( 2020), and 13 Cracks: Repairing American Democracy After Trump (2021). Dr. Lichtman received the Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and ranked him as number 85 among the world’s 100 most influential geopolitical experts.

His prediction system, the Keys to the White House has successfully forecast the results of all nine presidential elections since 1984, including Donald Trump’s win in 2016. Chris Cillizza headlined his Washington Post story on his prediction: “The professor Who Called the 2016 Election Was a Giant Internet Sensation.” Cillizza wrote, “At the end of every year, I like to look back on what The Fix did well and what did well on The Fix. … The answer this year? Allan Lichtman. Allan Lichtman. Allan Lichtman.” Of the 2016 posts in the Washington Post’s The Fix stories on his predictions finished first, third, and fifth in reader views, and attracted 10 million unique visitors. Although his 2020 prediction of Biden’s win was less controversial, it was featured in a NY Times story and video that gained more than three million views.

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