APSS: Lynn Vavreck


Friday, May 6, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 200N, Room 226 - Registration required

The American Politics Speaker Series (APSS) welcomes Lynn Vavreck, Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy, UCLA.

This event is open Harvard-ID holders. Lunch will be served. Click here to register. 

"The Bitter End: The 2020 Presidential Election and the Challenge to Democracy"

For many people, everything in Washington seems stuck: Democrats and Republicans disagree on all fronts, few in Washington want to cooperate with the other side, election results are closer than ever, outcomes turn on a coin flip, and each side thinks its candidate won. How did we get here — and can minds be changed?

This talk highlights data from The Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project —a 500,000-interview election study — to explore what happened in the 2020 presidential election and what it portends for the future of American politics. The talk will focus on results from a series of conjoint experiments fielded over 82 weeks of the study to assess the importance of more than 50 policies, voter decision making, and what these results suggest about current dimensions of conflict in America.

About the Series
The American Politics Speaker Series (APSS) aims to bring together scholars who are doing research on important questions related to American democracy. Hosted jointly with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and chaired by Professors Maya Sen, Benjamin Schneer, and Justin de Benedictis-Kessner, each session will highlight a scholar whose research is at the forefront of the study of American politics.

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