Modern political conventions, it has been said, effectively amount to days-long infomercials for the parties' candidates.

This year was no exception, aside from Clint Eastwood's comedic ramblings and some last-minute discord among Democrats over a platform provision about Israel.

But in spite of the scripted grandstanding and political pageantry, the dozens of political-science students and professors who descended on Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention and Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention, found plenty to analyze and research­—most of it away from the main stages. ...


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Watch: For students at Kennesaw State U., the convention is field work. | Link