Iowa Caucus Project
Fresh perspectives to tell the story of the Iowa caucuses and to help educate, invigorate, and mobilize Iowans.
So, What is It?
Established in 2011, the Iowa Caucus Project features the experiences and perspectives of Drake University students telling the story of the Iowa caucuses. Working across Drake University's campus and candidate events, we get to know the history and traditions of the Iowa caucuses and what makes the Iowa caucus campaign special.
It’s a class. It’s a tradition. It’s about real people exploring the campaign trail in Iowa.
Meet The Team
A sophomore at Drake majoring in politics and economics. He hails from Isanti, Minnesota, and is thrilled to experience the Iowa caucuses for the first time! He can often be found wearing the color purple, flaunting his extensive sticker collection, eating ice cream, and playing tennis (but not at the same time).
A socially engaged graphic designer focused on sustainability and politics. After white water kayaking across the world, she found Griff’s beautiful face and knew Drake University was her home. Now that she is in Iowa she is a big fan of borrowing flowers from campus to make her own bouquets and taking bites out of string cheese rather than pulling it apart.
A junior at Drake studying American Politics and International Relations. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri (not Kansas), she is thrilled to be in Iowa to experience the real "Midwestern Nice." She enjoys classic rock, scuba diving (despite living in a landlocked state), holiday gnomes, and the Chiefs.
A senior studying political communications and multimedia journalism. From Adel Iowa, she first got engaged in the Iowa Caucuses in 2020 where she was able to cover candidate events as a photojournalist for her small-town high school. Since then, she has fallen in love with Iowa politics and can be found sipping on an overpriced coffee or enjoying live music at a local venue.
Born and raised in Eldridge, Iowa, Dylan studies Data Analytics & American Politics at Drake University and serves as the Chair of the College Republicans. Dylan’s first Republican political event was in 2012 at a neighbor's house to see the Republican Nominee: Mitt Romney. As a proud, lifelong Iowan, Dylan is enthused to engage in the 2024 Iowa Caucus, while also participating in other Iowa traditions including eating scotcheroos, cheering on the Hawkeyes, and spending time on the family farm.
A junior American Politics and English major from rural Minnesota, and she is happy with her decision to trade the cornfields of Minnesota for the cornfields of Iowa. She works for Drake Political Paper Archives, where she has developed the ability to identify Tom Harkin in the background of any photograph. In her free time, she spends far too much time thinking about Jimmy Carter and his phenomenal performance in the 1976 Iowa Caucuses.
Just because Chris is a libertarian, doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate the political process. A native Minnesotan, Chris has grown up hearing about the Caucuses but hasn’t gotten the chance until now to actively participate and immerse himself in it. Though he is not in the Drake University Politics Department, he has loved his conversations with those who are and is looking forward to learning more and more throughout the semester.