Photo of a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis, 2020

(This article by Shorenstein Center Executive Director Setti Warren first appeared in the UK’s The Telegraph on May 31, 2020.) In February of 1968 the Kerner Commission report was released…to understand the causes of the 1967 race riots in the United States and provide recommendations for the future. The recent killing of George Floyd shines a light on the fact that more than 50 years later, our cities find themselves in much the same circumstances.

Featured Research

State Results of May Survey Show 60% of Americans Support Expanding Vote by Mail

The second round of a multi-university project to survey people in all 50 states about their opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic response focused on public opinion around increasing access to vote by mail (VBM) for the upcoming Presidential elections. 60%…

Understanding Misinformation on Mobile Instant  Messengers (MIMs) in Developing Countries

This mixed-methods research project in Nigeria, India, and Pakistan consisted of surveys, survey experiments, and semi-structured interviews, designed to better understand the spread and impact of misinformation, and in particular of misinformation on mobile messaging apps (MIMs).

The Commercialization of Decision-Making: Towards a Regulatory Framework to Address Machine Bias over the Internet

This paper was originally published by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Dipayan Ghosh is a Shorenstein Fellow and co-director of the Center’s Digital Platforms and Democracy Project. He has served as an economic policy advisor in the White House…

Featured Audio & Video

Big, If True Webinar: Science is Politics by Other Means

Friday, May 29, 2020 – In this episode of BIG, If True we’ll discuss the politicization of science and technology, looking closely at controversies about preprints, scientific articles posted to archives before they have been peer reviewed. In recent months, preprints have…


Dr. Joan Donovan

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy is pleased to announce that Dr. Joan Donovan has been named Research Director for the Center. In addition to this appointment, Dr. Donovan will continue in her role as the Director…