Election 2020 and its Meaning for Our Democracy: A Conversation for the Johns Hopkins Community

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Join SNF Agora Institute and Hopkins at Home for a conversation with Johns Hopkins experts about what happened in the election and why, and how our community and our country might move forward together to realize the promise of democracy. After an introduction by Hahrie Han, this livestream will be segmented into two sets of panelists each followed by live musical performances, and there will be a Q&A discussion directly following the livestream on Zoom.

Panel One: How Did We Get Here?
This first panel will discuss the current state of the election, results, and insights from Johns Hopkins experts about why people voted the way they did, and what underlying party, racial, economic, or other dynamics contributed to the outcome. The panelists will include Steven Teles, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Vesla Weaver, and will be moderated by Steven Morgan.

Panel Two: Where Do We Go from Here?
The second panel will discuss what the election means going forward, and what are the next steps our community and country can take to heal divides and forge a future path together. The panelists for this second discussion will include Eric Edelman and Nathan Connolly, and will be moderated by Hahrie Han.

This program is tagged by Common Question. Find out more information here. 

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Headshots of Panel 1

Steven Teles, PhD is a Professor of Political Science in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center. His work includes several books, such as The Captured Economy: How The Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth and Increase Inequality (With Brink Lindsey, Oxford 2017); Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration (With David Dagan, Oxford 2016), The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law (Princeton, 2008) and Whose Welfare: AFDC and Elite Politics (Kansas, 1996). 

Vesla Weaver, PhD is a Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and a 2016-17 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She has contributed to scholarly debates around the persistence of racial inequality, colorism in the United States, the causes and consequences of the dramatic rise in prisons, and the consequences of rising economic polarization. 

Stephen L. Morgan, PhD is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Education at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. His areas of research include education, inequality, demography, and methodology. In addition to many journal articles on these topics, he has published two books: On the Edge of Commitment: Educational Attainment and Race in the United States (Stanford University Press, 2005) and, co-written with Christopher Winship, Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research (Cambridge University Press, 2007; Revised and Enlarged Second Edition, 2015).

Headshots of Panel 2

Ambassador Eric Edelman, PhD is the Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies. He retired as a career minister from the US Foreign Service on May 1, 2009, where he served in senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense as well as the White House, where he led organizations providing analysis, strategy, policy development, security services, trade advocacy, public outreach, citizen services, and congressional relations. 

Nathan D. B. Connolly, PhD is the Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Program at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He writes about racism, capitalism, politics, cities and migration in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries and his work pays special attention to people’s notions of family, property and citizenship in the United States and the wider Americas.

Hahrie Han, PhD is the Inaugural Director of the SNF Agora Institute, a Professor of Political Science, and Faculty Director of the P3 Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University. She studies American Politics and specializes in the study of civic and political participation, social movements, collective action, and organizing, particularly as it pertains to democratic revitalization.


 Event Date
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Start Time: 12:00pm
End Time: 1:30pm


Via Livestream
Baltimore, MD 21218

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