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Thursday, March 26, 4:10p.m.

  • Maya Sen (Moderator), Ash Center Faculty Affiliate and HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy
  • Stephen Ansolabehere, Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Nate Cohn, politics and policy writer, The New York Times

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 4:10 p.m.
Ash Center Foyer
124 Mount Auburn St, Suite 200-North, Cambridge

Hosted by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Cosponsored by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

About the Speakers

Maya Sen is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy. Her research interests focus on American politics and include statistical methods, law, and race and ethnic politics, and political economy. At Harvard, Sen is an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and the Women and Public Policy Program. Sen’s work has been published in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law and Courts, and the Stanford Law Review. Sen’s work has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. Sen holds a Ph.D. from the Harvard Department of Government, an A.M. in Statistics from the Harvard Department of Statistics, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an A.B. degree in economics from Harvard College. Prior to coming to Harvard, Sen was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester and an affiliate of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies.

Stephen Ansolabehere is a Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is an expert in public opinion and elections, and has published extensively on elections, mass media, and representation, political economy, and public opinion, especially concerning energy and the environment. He is author of four books: The Media Game, Going Negative, American Government, andThe End of Inequality. He is a Carnegie Scholar (2000), a Hoover National Fellow (1994), and Truman Scholar (1982) and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. He directed the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project from its founding in 2000 through 2004; is a member of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Study and the Reuters Institute of Journalism at Oxford University; and consults for CBS News Election Decision Desk. He is the principal investigator of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, a collaborative effort of over 60 universities and colleges in the United States.

Nate Cohn covers elections, polling and demographics for The Upshot, a New York Times politics and policy site. Previously, he was a staff writer for The New Republic. Before entering journalism, he was a research assistant and Scoville Fellow at the Stimson Center, where he contributed to analysis of South Asia and the defense budget.

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