John Lapinski, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as the Director of the Elections Unit at NBC News, which projects races for NBC and analyzes and produces election-related stories through exit polls for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, and all of NBC’s digital properties. Dr. Lapinski earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2000, and previously was an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. He came to Penn in 2006. His primary area of research is concerned with understanding national elections as well as lawmaking in Congress through empirical analysis.