Greek-American Associate Professor Costas Panagopoulos is teaching Elections and Campaign Management to his Master’s Degree students at Fordham University, focusing on voters’ behavior and psychology. With the U.S. Presidential elections looming, Panagopoulos, who teaches political science, told his students that, “There are not simple moments (in politics), but only those planned to deliver the desired effect.”
Journalist Clem Richardson of the New York Daily News quoted Panagopoulos as saying that, “These days, politicians don’t say very much by accident. Everything they say is calculated to achieve a particular goal. They don’t say very much gratuitously.”
Panagopoulos advises his students to keep in mind that politicians are suggesting a deeper message most of the time. Concerning the importance of his class, Panagopoulos said that, “Political campaigns have gotten increasingly professionalized over the past few decades, so you need people with specialized skills to be able to manage them effectively.”
Panagopoulos, 40, ran for office in his native Massachusetts at the age of 19. He worked in then-U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office and is a visiting research scholar at the Institute for Politics, the Internet and Democracy at George Washington University’s Graduate School for Political Management.