Please join CAPS for a Pre-Election Panel discussion with Jill Lepore and Morris Fiorina led by CAPS Faculty Director Stephen Ansolabehere on the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry, and American history. Much of her scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a particular emphasis on the histories and technologies of evidence and of privacy. As a wide-ranging and prolific essayist, Lepore writes about American history, law, literature, and politics. She is the author of many award-winning books including the New york Times bestseller, The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. She is currently writing a history of the United States.
Morris Fiorina is the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. For more than four decades he has written on American politics with particular emphasis on elections and public opinion. Fiorina has written or edited twelve books and more than 100 articles, served as chairman of the Board of the American National Election Studies, and received the Warren E. Miller Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior. His widely noted book Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (with Samuel Abrams and Jeremy Pope) is thought to have influenced then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama’s keynote speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention (“We coach Little League in the blue states, and, yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states”).
Stephen Ansolabehere is the Frank G. Tomson 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, and The 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.This event is free and open to the public.