Portrait of Dr. Joan Donovan

Dr. Joan Donovan, Shorenstein Center Research Director and Director of the Technology and Social Change Project, is featured in this month’s Harvard Magazine profile on disinformation. Read on for an excerpt from the article: When “Stop the Steal” turned violent…

Featured Research

The COVID States Project Survey of U.S. Pandemic Opinions

The COVID States Project is a nationwide, 50-state survey of opinions related to the COVID-19 pandemic that has been in the field regularly since March, 2020. It is run by a multi-university collaboration including Harvard Kennedy School, Northeastern University, Rutgers…

A Turning Point in the Oversight of Digital Platforms: A Challenge for American Leadership

The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School orof Harvard University. Discussion Papers have not undergone formal review and approval. Such papers are included in…

Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism

The capitalistic, corporate, individualistic narratives of fourth-wave and white feminism are communicated and reinforced by mainstream women’s media. Koa Beck is the former Editor-in-Chief of Jezebel.com, and was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in Spring 2019. This paper informed and became part of her new book “White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind.”

Featured Audio & Video

Police Violence, Racial Injustice, and the Press:  Reflections on Coverage of the Chauvin Trial

This event aired on May 28, 2021 as part of the Shorenstein Center’s new Alumni Fellows Network speaker series, featuring former Shorenstein fellows discussing major topics in the news, and their current work.  The trial of Derek Chauvin sparked national conversations about…

"Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War"

Vassilis Coutifaris, program manager of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), moderated a conversation with Marvin Kalb, nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and…

News

Affectivism and the role of emotion in human behavior

In a new paper published today in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, a global team of researchers argue that we are seeing the rise of an important new scholarly approach – affectivism – that will grant new insights into the foundations of…

Marvin Kalb awarded Harvard's Centennial Medal

At a ceremony on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) awarded the Centennial Medal to Marvin Kalb, AM ’53, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice, Emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School. The critical importance of…