2016-17 Events

CONTINUING THE SUSTAINABILITY CONVERSATION: Facts and Values: How Does Science Inform Democracy?
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Thompson Library, Room 165
Event web site here.

Ellen Peters (Ohio State, Psychology/Decisions Sciences Collaborative)
Michael Neblo (Ohio State, Political Science)
Don Hubin (Ohio State, Philosophy/Center for Ethics and Human Values)
A crucial issue underlying public debates about sustainability concerns how scientific information is taken up by citizens and then represented within democratic deliberation. A series of influential studies in psychology have suggested that individuals’ political commitments significantly affect how they process scientific findings and accommodate them within their belief systems. What exactly do these findings show and to what extent do they threaten the prospects for informed public deliberation about the challenges facing our democracy in the 21st century, including sustainability and climate change?

A Change Election?  Perspectives on the 2016 Contests
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
6:30-7 p.m., Welcome Reception 7-8:30 p.m., Panel Discussion and Q&A
Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University 55 West 12th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210
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Ohio State history, legal and political science scholars and election experts discuss the issues and candidates that make up one of the most talked about campaign seasons. Panelists include:
Paula Baker, associate professor of history. The author of Curbing Campaign Cash, Baker is at work on a study of campaign finance and party organization.
Paul Beck, professor emeritus of political science. The author of Party Politics in America and Voting in Old and New Democracies, Beck is a commentator on political parties, voting behavior and public opinion.
David Stebenne, professor of history and law. The author of Arthur J. Goldberg: New Deal Liberal and Modern Republican: Arthur Larson and the Eisenhower Years, Stebenne is a regular contributor to such publications as The Huffington Post, New Republic, Salon and U.S. News and World Report.
Thomas Wood, assistant professor of political science and presidential campaign consultant in both the 2012 and 2016 contests. Wood studies political campaigns, and their effects on voters’ attitudes and behavior.

Support provided by Ohio State’s Democracy Studies Program and the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Society. 

What about the Electoral College?
September 27, 2016  |  12:10 – 1:15 PM  |  Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University 55 West 12th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210
(No registration required.)

In this particularly crazy election cycle, no one is talking about the Electoral College. Is the Electoral College still relevant or is it a thing of the past? Professor Derek T. Muller and National Popular Vote’s Pat Rosenstiel give their opinions. This event is cosponsored by the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society.

Data, Polarization, or Personality–Understanding the 2016 Presidential election

September 9, 2016  |  3:00 – 4:30 pm  |  Saxbe Auditorium, The OSU Moritz College of Law

The current Presidential election cycle has already upended popular accounts on candidate selection, media effects, and the electoral importance of money and campaign infrastructure. Will this historic cycle contradict yet more conventional wisdom in its final ten weeks? Join two of the nation’s most widely cited and respected political scientists, and a senior campaign official with extensive experience in this cycle, as they explain the trends that really mattered, the likely electoral outcome in November, and where American politics goes from here. Thomas Wood, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Political Science, will moderate. Panelists include:

John Sides
Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University. Sides has written or edited 3 books on elections and political behavior, including the best seller The Gamble, a book written concurrent to the 2012 election. With Lynn Vavreck and Michael Tesler, Sides is writing a sequel book on the current presidential election. Sides founded and continues to edit The Monkey Cage blog for The Washington Post,  where social scientists provide timely scholarly analysis of current events. Previously an assistant professor at the University of Texas, Sides earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ken Goldstein
Goldstein is a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. Goldstein has written multiple books on lobbying and advertising in American elections and politics. Goldstein also has extensive experience in business–he’s the former president of Kantar Media CMAG, the country’s foremost authority of data on competitive political advertising. Since 1998, Goldstein has also consulted for the ABC News Presidential Election night decision desk.  Formerly a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Goldstein received his PhD from the University of Michigan.

Luke Thompson
Thompson is the former director of analytics at Right To Rise, a Super Pac which spent over a hundred million dollars in the most recent GOP primary. Before working at Right to Rise, Thompson was the Director of Analytics at the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2014 election. A PhD graduate in political science from Yale University, Thompson is currently the Executive Director of the New Analytics Company, a political and communications research firm.

Data Analytics and Democratic Processes

Friday, April 15, 2016  |  12:00-1:30PM  |  Room 244, Moritz College of Law

Ira Rubinstein, Senior Fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute and former Associate General Counsel at Microsoft, will talk about his work-in-progress “Voter Privacy in the Age of Big Data,” and other issues associated with the application of data analytics tools to the processes of democracy. This talk is jointly sponsored by Moritz’s Data Law, Ethics, and Policy Program, and the OSU Democracy Studies Program.

PP2biosPresidential Primaries: What to Make of 2016?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016  |  3:00 pm  |  Saxbe Auditorium, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law







Foley2Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States

Thursday, March 31, 2016  |  12:00 pm  | Saxbe Auditorium, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law




WID LOGOWomen In American Democracy Conference

Monday, March 7, 2016 | Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center