Campaigns, Elections & Parties Publications

Survey finds majority in U.S. believe it is unsafe for schools to reopen in fall

August 19, 2020, 3:43 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country as we draw closer to a new school year leaving school districts across the United States struggling with the decision of whether to stay remote in the fall, return to classes in…

Will Americans Vacinate Themselves and Their Children Against COVID-19?

August 16, 2020, 1:35 pm

If a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, what is the likelihood Americans will vaccinate themselves? A new survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum and Kennedy…

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

May 28, 2020, 12:28 pm

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%…

Hanging by a Thread: Serialized Narratives in a Post-Factual Era

March 11, 2020, 5:09 pm
Gabriel London, Shorenstein Center Fellow and Filmmaker-in-Residence 2018-2019

In today’s media saturated culture, storytelling itself has become the story. It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure moment, and the stories we choose – and that choose us – have real implications on how our democracy works.

Assessing Campaign Quality: Was the 2016 Presidential Campaign a Travesty?

April 18, 2019, 3:00 pm

By Roderick P. Hart, Fall 2018 Shorenstein Fellow and Shivers Chair in Communication and Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin This essay is forthcoming as part of a special symposium on Campaign 2016 to be published in the…

Campaign 2018: Improving Cyber Literacy in Political Campaigns

May 7, 2018, 8:30 am
By Donna Brazile, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, Fall 2017
Former Democratic National Committee interim chair and adjunct professor at Georgetown University

A new paper by Donna Brazile, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and former Democratic National Committee interim chair, examines whether political campaigns are up to the task of handling the threat of cyber attacks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections….

“Like They’ve Never, Ever Seen in This Country”? Political Interest and Voter Engagement in 2016

March 21, 2018, 9:47 am

A new paper by Markus Prior, fall 2016 Joan Shorenstein Fellow and Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Lori D. Bougher of Princeton University, compares levels of political involvement in the 2016 presidential election to previous election…

“Alt-Lite” Bloggers and the Conservative Ecosystem

February 20, 2018, 9:30 am
By Tyler Bridges, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017), Reporter, The New Orleans Advocate
Twitter: @tegbridges

Introduction This research paper examines the important role that “alt-lite” bloggers play in promoting, amplifying, and fortifying Donald Trump’s anti-establishment message to his conservative supporters. Counter-Narratives from the Right The big news was released early that morning, and it was…

Political Journalism in a Populist Age

December 11, 2017, 9:00 am
Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam

A new paper by Claes H. de Vreese, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and Professor and Chair of Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam, provides an overview of the types and causes of populist movements. He offers 10 tips…

In Search of Unbiased Reporting in Light of Brexit, Trump and Other Reporting Challenges in the UK and US

June 13, 2017, 8:45 am
Helen Boaden, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), and former BBC News and BBC Radio director

A new paper by Helen Boaden, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), and former BBC News and BBC Radio director, compares the BBC’s value of impartiality to the American value of objectivity in journalism, and the pressures placed on both in their…