Political Science

Russia, bounties, and the U.S. elections

Amid allegations of Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers and of hackers trying to steal vaccine research, Penn Today spoke to two experts to get their take and how the developments play into the U.S. presidential election cycle.

Kristen de Groot

Understanding infrastructure

In the second episode of Penn Today’s “Understand This ...” podcast series, emphasizing interdisciplinary perspectives, a Wharton and Weitzman School discuss the past, present, and future of infrastructure.

Brandon Baker

Brazil’s coronavirus crisis

Brazil has become one of the world’s deadliest hotspots for the novel coronavirus, second only to the United States in deaths and infections. Melissa Teixeira, a historian of modern Brazil, shares her thoughts on the nation’s response and challenges it faces in battling the virus.

Kristen de Groot

Do long waiting times for voting put democracy on the line?

Gerard Cachon’s research looks at whether the length of voting time affects the effective exercise of democratic rights, and if the relationship between resource disparity and voting behavior depends on the racial composition of voters or party affiliation.

From Knowledge@Wharton

Coding for a cause

As the viral pandemic shuttered campus and disrupted routines, The Borders and Boundaries Project turned the challenging situation into a chance to give back and get work done.

Kristen de Groot

Can widespread protests bring lasting change?

Amidst the current protests decrying the killings of Black people by police and demand for reforms, Penn Today speaks to political scientist Daniel Gillion about his new book, “The Loud Minority: Why Protests Matter in American Democracy.”

Kristen de Groot

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The New York Times

Elizabeth Warren’s evolution on race brought her here

Stephen Burbank of the Law School spoke about Elizabeth Warren’s research on systemic inequality. “I believe that finding out what was happening to people, including minorities, was very, very influential in the development of all sorts of her views and policy positions,” he said.


NBC Philadelphia

‘Reassurance that future is better’: What Americans want from leaders

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about U.S. politics and economics. Americans are looking to political leaders for “reassurance that the future will be better than the present,” he said.


Marketplace (NPR)

If the Fed’s nominees were confirmed, could they change monetary policy?

Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School said every appointment to the Federal Reserve is significant. “Each governor and each reserve bank president gets, with the appointment, a bully pulpit,” he said. “And what that governor or president does with that pulpit can matter significantly.”


The New York Times

In era of sickness, doctors prescribe unusual cure: Voting

Aliza Narva, director of ethics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, commented on efforts to help hospital patients register to vote. “I would guess that people really saw the implication that policy can have on the actual care that we are able to deliver,” she said.


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Pompeo chooses Philadelphia to release controversial report, violating city rules on indoor gatherings

Sarah Paoletti of the Law School spoke about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to release a draft report on Americans’ rights to property and religious liberty from a group of conservative academics and theologians at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center last week. “There is an entire cadre of staff and department within the Department of State that covers democracy, human rights, and labor, and those are not the folks who were tapped to look at this,” she said.


PBS NewsHour

How a VP with law enforcement experience could help Biden win over moderate voters

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts & Sciences said the compromises U.S. Rep. Val Demings and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, both candidates on Joseph Biden’s shortlist of running mates, made in their careers as Black women in law enforcement make it harder for them to call themselves true reformers now. “If you’re Black, you have to do certain things in order to get ahead—in order for people in power to trust you and give you responsibility,” said Berry.