Dan Carpenter’s most recent book, Democracy by Petition (Harvard University Press, 2021), was selected as one of The Five Democracy Books from 2021 You Must Read by Democracy Paradox. Prof. Carpenter has a paper, "The Popular Origins of Legislative Jurisdictions: Petitions and Standing Committee Formation in Late Colonial Virginia and the Early U.S. House," withBen Schneer, Tobi Resch, and Maggie Blackhawk, forthcoming in The Journal of Politics.
Theda Skocpolhas been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University. This award is among the highest recognition awarded by MSU, and is presented annually to alumni “who have differentiated themselves by obtaining the highest level of professional accomplishment, and who possess the utmost integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of Michigan State University”. Congratulations to Prof. Skocpol! Other news from Prof. Skocpol: Published with co-authors Caroline Tervo (CAPS Undergraduate Fellow, ‘17) and Kirsten Walters, “Citizen Organizing and Partisan Polarization from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance,” in the recent widely publicized Democratic Resilience: Can The United States Withstand Rising Polarizationvolume edited by Robert Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler, and Kenneth M. Roberts. Prof. Skocpol also has a new project involving grad students Kirsten Walters and Ben TerMaat that has been tracking GOP radicalization in states and nationally since 1980.
Elizabeth Thom has been working with Profs. Steve Ansolabehereand Dustin Tingleyon a joint Harvard-MIT research initiative called The Roosevelt Project, a multidisciplinary effort to chart paths toward a low carbon economy that promotes high quality job growth, minimizes worker and community dislocation, and harnesses the benefits of energy technologies for regional economic development. Steve, Dustin and Elizabeth worked on the Appalachia case study, which focused on low carbon pathways and economic development opportunities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They launchedthe case study report last fall at Carnegie Mellon University with former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who oversees the Roosevelt Project. They will be hosting an additional launch event here at Harvard on February 1, more details here.