Elections

Tunisian electors waiting to vote in the October 2014 elections. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Alfred Stepan has been called the democracy whisperer. As the Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, he’s been watching, advising and studying government and democracy for over 40 years.

Who’s on the Ballot, a new website that explains just that, was born out of a friendly conversation between SIPA Professor Ester Fuchs and her former student, William von Mueffling (CC’90, BUS’95).

Image of President Obama

Then-Senator Barack Obama at the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum, held on Sept. 11, 2008. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

President Barack Obama (CC'83), the first Columbia graduate to be elected president of the United States, was sworn in for a second term.

Then-Senator Barack Obama at the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum, held on Sept. 11, 2008. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University.

 

Sharyn O’Halloran
George Blumenthal Professor and Professor of International and Public Affairs

This article originally appeared in our October 2010 issue and has been revised and updated for the 2012 presidential election.

Donald Green
Professor of Political Science

Q. Your research on field experiments is said to have changed political science research, and election themselves. In what way?

Kathleen McKeown
Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science

Q. Tell us about your project and how it relates to the election.

Dorian Warren
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Q. What are some key differences between the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections?

Professor Nathaniel Persily’s new course on redistricting endeavors to train students in the complicated, nuanced, and exceedingly complex practice of drawing nonpartisan congressional district lines.