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Our Common Purpose: Second Event Looks at Reforming Electoral Institutions

At any point in time we might look at our political institutions – Congress, the presidency, the courts, elections, etc. – and see them as static, impervious to change in the larger social or cultural environment. In fact, that perception is wrong. Our political institutions evolve just as the larger culture does. As the nation’s […]

Part 2 – Sarah Binder Weighs In: Institutional Hardball – in Congress and the White House – and the legislative road ahead

This is part two of  a guest post by Janna Deitz, Kluge Center Program Specialist in Outreach and Partnerships. Find the first post here. Sarah Binder is the most recent Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, and senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. […]

A History of African American Political Thought

On February 22, 2021, the Kluge Center released a Conversation on the Future of Democracy titled “A History of African American Political Thought,” with political theorists Melvin Rogers and Jack Turner. Outreach and Partnerships Program Specialist Janna Deitz interviewed Rogers and Turner on their recent book, African American Political Thought: A Collected History. The book […]

Sarah Binder Weighs In: Institutional Hardball – in Congress and the White House – and the legislative road ahead

This is a guest post by Janna Deitz, Kluge Center Program Specialist in Outreach and Partnerships. Sarah Binder is the most recent Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, and senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. An expert in Congress and legislative politics, her […]

Our Common Purpose: A Series Featuring Kluge Prize Winner Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen, winner of the Library’s 2020 Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, will host a series of exciting conversations at the Library to explore the nation’s civic life and ways that people from all political beliefs and social causes can build a stronger, more resilient country. The series, called “Our Common […]

The Complicated History of US Isolationism

In an event released on February 11, Kluge Center Director John Haskell interviewed Charles Kupchan on his new book: Isolationism: A History of America’s Effort to Shield Itself from the World. Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University and Senior Fellow at the Council on […]

Prominent Political Scientists Challenge the Conventional Wisdom at Kluge Event

On December 17, Frances Lee and Jim Curry discussed their new book, The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era, as part of our “Conversations on the Future of Democracy” series. Lee, from Princeton University, is recognized as one of the leading authorities on congressional politics and was Chair in Congressional Policymaking […]

What’s Responsible for the Upheaval in American Politics?

On October 29, the Kluge Center released a conversation with Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo in which they talked about their new book, “Upending American Politics.” These two scholars provide considerable insight into developments in American party politics in recent years – and even shed some light on this year’s election results. Skocpol, the Victor […]

The 20th Century Transformation of the Dalit Movement in India

Michael Collins is a 2020 Kluge Fellow from the University of Gottingen. Collins is working on a project titled “From Boycotts to Ballots: Democracy and Social Minorities in Modern India.” Boris Granovskiy, who recently detailed at the Kluge Center, interviewed Collins on his work. Boris Granovskiy (BG): Can you share a brief history of Dalit […]