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Bringing Power Back to Politics

In this webinar, political scientist and data analyst Eitan Hersh will talk about how the way we engage with politics needs to change. He will discuss the negative impacts of political hobbyism -- the voracious consumption of news and social media coupled with only symbolic actions. He will present the need for a stronger alternative, focusing on building institutions, developing agendas and creating the capacity to mobilize and govern coalitions.

Hersh is associate professor of political science at Tufts University. His research focuses on US elections, voting rights, and civic participation. Hersh is the author of Politics is for Power (Scribner, 2020), Hacking the Electorate (Cambridge UP 2015), as well as over a dozen scholarly articles. Hersh earned his PhD from Harvard in 2011 and served as assistant professor of political science at Yale University from 2011-2017. His public writings have appeared in venues such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, POLITICO, and the Boston Globe. Hersh regularly testifies in voting rights court cases and has testified to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the role of data analytics in political campaigns.

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