Political Science

Protests matter, and here’s why

As part of the Provost’s Lecture on Diversity, political science professor Daniel Gillion gave insight into how demonstrations affect elected officials, shape policy, increase engagement, and motivate voter turnout.

Lauren Hertzler

Is American democracy at a breaking point?

Amidst a backdrop of protests, the pandemic, and presidential politics, historian Anne Berg shares her thoughts on whether American democracy is at risk, historical parallels to the current situation, and what ordinary people can do.

Kristen de Groot

Latin American Green New Deal

Daniel Aldana Cohen, an assistant professor of sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, organized and moderated an event on the Latin American Green New Deal, rethinking recession recovery and carbon emissions reduction.

Kristina García

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A Hoover study claiming Biden would harm the economy has critics

Richard Prisinzano of the Penn Wharton Budget Model said a study from the Hoover Institution attributes post-2026 tax increases to Joseph Biden, when in actuality the increases are already a part of existing laws. “I’m trying not to be overly partisan, but I think they’ve put their thumb on the scale in that way,” he said.



Calling it: Brian Rosenwald

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about how November’s election might play out. “They’re going to try to get people to think that there’s something wrong because we don’t have results, that anything that comes in after Election Day is somehow tainted. That’s going to be the big argument,” he said.



As the presidential election approaches, experts warn ‘risks are definitely on the horizon for investors’

Nikolai Roussanov of the Wharton School spoke about how November’s election will affect the stock market. “I only see more uncertainty ahead, because this election is probably going to be close and the result is not going to be settled for quite some time,” he said. “I would say the risks are definitely on the horizon for investors.”


Chronicle of Higher Education

What’s at stake for higher ed in the election?

Mitchell Orenstein of the School of Arts & Sciences called on colleges and universities to take a strong role in defending democracy. “Academic freedom can only exist in a society that protects political freedom,” he said.


NBC News

Early voting begins in Georgia with long lines, high turnout

Research by Stephen Pettigrew of the School of Arts & Sciences found that nonwhite voters were seven times more likely than white voters to wait in line for more than an hour to vote. “Waiting in a line makes you less likely to turn out in subsequent elections,” he said.



The election is being fought on social media amid the pandemic

Pinar Yildrim of the Wharton School spoke about social media as a political tool. “You don’t have to have the big money, big bucks, big fundraisers, big supporters to be able to communicate on Twitter with your constituency,” she said.