What Our Experts Are Saying

Dartmouth faculty, alumni, and students are making important contributions to the democratic process across many fields and disciplines. Here is a sample of coverage from major media outlets.

Dartmouth In the News

October 13, 2020
Joe Biden on Race: What the Democratic Presidential Nominee Has Said About Busing
In an NPR story on race and busing, Dartmouth's Matthew Delmont says, "The school system is in need of a reckoning around whether we are actually a country that believes in the moral and legal mandate of the Brown v. Board decision or we're not."

October 9, 2020
Seven Ways to Avoid Misinformation About the Election
"Avoiding this is tough—anyone who actively consumes the news in 2020, and particularly social media, will encounter some misinformation," says Dartmouth's Brendan Nyhan in a Poynter story about how to avoid falling for false election information.

September 30, 2020
Winners, Losers From the First 2020 Presidential Debate
In a recap of the Sept. 29 debate, Vox mentions America Abroad, by Dartmouth's Stephen Brooks and William Wohlforth. The writer calls it one of the "best books I've read on US foreign policy in the past few years."

September 25, 2020
Election Officials Turn to Signature-Verifying Software in Mail-in Surge
Election officials need to examine the outcomes from signature-approving software says Michael Herron, the Remsen 1943 Professor of Government, in an iTnews article about mail-in voting. "An error here is someone losing their chance to vote."

September 17, 2020
Whose America Is It?
In a column, the writer discusses current political clashes, and points to research by Dartmouth's Sean Westwood and a colleague that found, in part, that "hostile feelings for the opposing party are ingrained or automatic in voters' minds."

September 09, 2020
Vaccine Makers Are Pushing Back Against Pressures to Deliver by Election Day
"The FDA conveying to the public that it knows what it's doing and that it's doing things consistent with its expertise … is really important," Dartmouth's Herschel Nachlis says in a story about political pressures on the vaccine development.

August 03, 2020
How the Media Could Get the Election Story Wrong
In a story about rethinking this year's "election night," Dartmouth's Brendan Nyhan says, "There's a lot of planning for the whiz-bang graphics, and not enough planning for avoiding undermining trust in the American electoral system."

July 08, 2020
Who Will Defend Democracy? Evaluating Tradeoffs in Candidate Support
Dartmouth's John Carey, Katherine Clayton '18, and Brendan Nyhan and co-authors examine the willingness of voters and campaign donors to trade off policy preferences and party loyalty when faced with violations of basic democratic values.

June 02, 2020
Americans Losing Faith in Elections as Trump Discredits Voting Systems
"I am enormously concerned," says Dartmouth's John Carey. "The idea that people accept election results" and "continue to defer to the institutions established by those elections in their aftermath is the definition of our political system."

Quotes

 October 8, 2020
"You can argue that the Trump administration is the first administration in American history to do the bidding of the religious right." 
—Randall Balmer, the John Phillips Professor in Religion | Financial Review

October 2, 2020
"With the 1980 election, we began to see a coalition between the religious right and the far-right precincts of the Republican Party and that coalition has become a fusion."
—Randall Balmer, the John Phillips Professor in Religion | Financial Times

October 1, 2020
"This country lionizes those who rebelled against taxation without representation centuries ago, but we have ended up with a system providing ample representation without taxation for our elites, at the expense of the rest of us."
—Brooke Harrington, professor of sociology | The New York Times

September 29, 2020
"In being vague and non-transparent, it's (the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization) potentially susceptible to the appearance of political influence."
—Herschel Nachlis, research assistant professor of government | Nature

September 24, 2020
"I want to be clear: This is a democratic emergency. … This is a time for choosing—for every person of good faith in either party to decide whether they are for democracy or not."
—Brendan Nyhan, professor of government | MSNBC

August 25, 2020
"Without U.S. cooperation and with COVID raging around the world, many countries have implemented their own unilateral solutions, worsening the risk of tax disputes and trade tensions."
—Vijay Govindarajan, the Coxe Distinguished Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business, and colleagues |  Harvard Business Review

August 20, 2020
"The electorate in 1988 was far more likely to view the other side with respect. Voters believed that both candidates sought to better the American way of life."
—Sean Westwood, assistant professor of government | The New York Times

August 12, 2020
"I don't think people holding up a Q sign at a Trump rally have really invested thought about the myriad propositions involved in QAnon. I think it's a way of saying, 'We think Trump is good.' "
—Russell Muirhead, the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics | Talking Points Memo

August 11, 2020
"As with everything else in the United States, when things go wrong, the people who suffer are low-income people and racial minorities because of centuries of systemic racism."
—Elliott Fisher, professor at The Dartmouth Institute |  Valley News

June 16, 2020
"We are telling our children these are the things happening in our society because of the color of your skin, because of white supremacy. ... Something Black Lives Matter has been saying for a long time is that all Black lives matter. That is where I see us moving."
—Shamell Bell, lecturer in African and African American Studies | Los Angeles Times