Larry SabatoDirector of the UVA Center for Politics
Director of the UVA Center for Politics
Dr. Larry Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. He is also the University Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and has had visiting appointments at Oxford University and Cambridge University in Great Britain. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his doctorate from Oxford, and he is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics. Prof. Sabato also directs the Center for Politics' Crystal Ball website, a leader in accurately predicting elections sinces its inception. In 2004, the Crystal Ball notched a 99 percent accuracy rate in predicting all races for House, Senate, Governor and each sate's Electoral College outcome. In 2006, the Pew Research Center and the Pew Charitable Trusts' Project for Excellence in Journalism recognized the Crystal Ball as the leader in the field of political predictors, noting the site"came closer than any other of the top ten potential predictors this cycle." In 2013 Prof. Sabato won an Emmy award the the television documentary Out of Order, which he produced to highlight the dysfunctional U.S. Senate. In October 2013, Prof. Sabato and the Center for Politics unveiled the Kennedy Half Century project. The project consisted of a New York Times bestselling book, The Kennedy Half-Century PBS documentary, and in 2014, Prof. Sabato won a second Emmy award for this very documentary.