Political Science in the News, 2020


  • Peter Feaver coauthors a critique of Trump’s delay on the presidential transition in an op-ed, for Foreign Policy
  • Peter Feaver offers analysis of the limits of Congressional power during wartime, for NNY360
  • Peter Feaver coauthors examination of poll findings that the public is ambivalent about the war in Afghanistan, for The Wall Street Journal
  • Kerry Haynie’s recent service as Chair of the Academic Council is covered by Duke Today
  • Kerry Haynie coauthors a write-up of his newest book, Race, Gender, and Political Representation, highlighting the congressional behavior of women of color, in Monkey Cage
  • Ashley Jardina offers analysis of white college-educated voters in post-election analysis, for FiverThirtyEight, which was then cited in Business Insider
  • Alex Kirshner writes how legitimate political opposition makes the American system work, in an op-ed for The Hill
  • Alex Kirshner coauthors the context and pathways necessary to deter Trump from running in 2024, for The Guardian
  • Timur Kuran guides a journalist through a discussion on self-censorship in the podcast, NPR Hidden Brain
  • Michael Munger offers comments on the appointment of labor economist Cecilia Rouse for the Biden Administration, in NBC News
  • Jeremy Pineda, T’22 student, writes an opinion piece about the fragility of American democracy, for Duke University Medium


  • John Aldrich writes op-ed about the place of third-party candidacy in Presidential elections, for The Hill
  • John Aldrich appears on television comparing the projected voter turnout to WWII records, for WRAL and NBC 12, and he offers extended commentary after the election alongside a panel of Duke faculty, on Sanford’s Facebook
  • John Aldrich discusses the possibility of bipartisanship in a Biden White House and Republican-controlled Senate, on VOA News video and in an article for VOA News
  • Peter Feaver comments on the success of civil-military relations during the tension over the President’s transition, for The Hill
    Peter Feaver and Joseph Nye
    Peter Feaver speaks with his colleague from Harvard, Joseph Nye, in 2017
  • Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson discuss questions surrounding the White House transition in an exchange on YouTubethat offers guidance for journalist in the News and Observer and The Charlotte Observer and The Guardian
  • Peter Feaver offers comments on how long it would take for the military to feel pressure to intervene if election results remain uncertain, for Task and Purpose, and he adds context about Presidential preferences of the National Security Council staff size and scope, in Politico
  • Kerry Haynie comments on the N.C. Senate race before the election, for The Hill, and after the election he is interviewed on the radio, discussing voter demographic shifts and the ‘blue wall’ on NPR’s The state of Things
  • Kerry Haynie, Sunshine Hillygus, and David Rohde offer pre-election analysis, for Duke Today
  • Sunshine Hillygus calls for better communication about the value of pre-election polls in an interview for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Ashley Jardina offers reflection on levels of racial hostility latent in the election turnout results, for the Associated Press, and republished on PBS News Hour
  • Ashley Jardina’s book, White Identity Politics, is profiled in Duke Today
  • Paula McClain’s book, Can We All Get Along?, is profiled in Duke Today
  • Spencer Kaplan T’21 writes an op-ed about the way NASA will benefit from the new Israeli-Emirati outer space cooperation landmark called the Abraham Accords, for The Jerusalem Post


  • John Aldrich explains in an interview to an Irish readership what makes the 2020 U.S. election distinct, in TheJournal.ie
  • John Aldrich comments on the thin margins of some statewide elections, for The Wall Street Journal 
  • John Aldrich and Paula McClain co-author a public letter by APSA presidents encouraging national media to change the format of their election night coverage, reports The Guardian 
    Aldrich and Paula
    Paula McClain and John Aldrich at a conference together, in 2018
  • Peter Feaver and Spencer Kaplan (current student) write about the emerging global concerns of conscientious youth, in Foreign Policy
  • Peter Feaver comments on the relationship between civilian and military personnel when Trump recently featured campaign ads showing senior military advisors, in The Seattle Times
  • Peter Feaver comments on the distraction Trump’s health may be causing U.S. national security officials, in The Independent 
  • Peter Feaver offers comments on Trump’s slide in poll numbers, for The Hill
  • Adriane Fresh, Sunshine Hillygus, Edmund Malesky, Timur Kuran, Alexander Kirshner, Bahar Leventoglu, Rachel Myrick, Livia Schubiger, David Siegel, Peter Feaver, and Tosha Marshall collaborate in a new video describing the undergraduate major, on YouTube
  • Kerry Haynie connects changing housing costs and demographic shifts with political party strategies, in analysis for CNN, and he discusses the potential of Black voter turnout on the radio podcast, The Takeaway 
  • Kerry Haynie continues to be a touchstone for journalists interested in demographic change, cited in CNN
  • Kerry Haynie’s new book Race, Gender, and Political Representation is highlighted in a new faculty book series, on Duke Today 
  • Kerry Haynie describes North Carolina as a state that’s up for grabs, reports WENY News and KTEN news
  • Kerry Haynie’s service on Academic Council is covered by Duke Today
  • Kerry Haynie’s participation in the Duke University Media Briefing series is filled with prescient quotes, reports Duke Today, and he answers election questions for WalletHub
  • Sunshine Hillygus’s new book Making Young Voters has become a touchstone for journalists this election cycle, with brief interviews in NYT OpinionThe Philadelphia InquirerMs. MagazineNYT Upshot, and citations in Wisconsin Public Radio and FiveThirtyEight that links to her POQ journal   
  • Sunshine Hillygus appears in a televised news clip describing unprecedented interest in this year’s election, on ABC 11 News
  • Sunshine Hillygus’s book, The Persuadable Voter, anchors an article about the efficacy of familial political discourse, in The Atlantic
  • Sunshine Hillygus’s new book Making Young Voters and her research into survey methods continue to attract wide press attention, with a feature on Duke Government Relations, a podcast appearance with Science Friday,  a profile on the EdSurge Podcast, an interview with Popular Science,  and citations in Vox
  • Sunshine Hillygus’s new book, Making Young Voters, is cited for context in the trends of Duke student voters, reports Duke Today
  • Ashley Jardina’s book, White Identity Politics, continues as a touchstone for journalists, with extensive coverage in Forbes
  • Chris Johnston coauthors a follow-up to the book Curbing the Court, that analyzes public support for court-curbing, for Monkey Cage
  • Timur Kuran’s book Private Truths, Public Lies inspires a journalist to ask to what extend does cancel culture relate to preference falsification, in The Hill
  • Paula McClain encourages students to check out mental health resources available to students, in Duke Today
  • Michael Munger is cited in an article about capitalism and government economic regulations, in The Kingston Whig Standard
  • Michael Munger’s article “30 years after the nobel,” is cited in a new retrospective on James Buchanan, in AIER
  • Michael Munger’s campaign to win the N.C. House District 34 seat is receiving coverage, in Duke Chronicle
  • Trent Ollerenshaw’s research on changing racial resentment attitudes, with Ashley Jardina, is cited in The NYT Opinion
  • Viola Rothschild and Hongshen Zhu coauthor an article on information, technology, and censorship in China, for the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Weyman Cohen, T’21, is charting his job path through the Duke Career Center, reports Duke Today 


  • John Aldrich cautions against overstating the longevity of any one particular poll on voters, in Spectrum News, he also participated alongside Deondra Rose in the panel, “North Carolina’s role in the 2020 election,” as part of the COVID-19 Media Briefings, for Duke Today 
  • David Dow and Juan Tellez (Ph.D. ’19 alum) coauthor “The Human Impact of Deportation,” for Political Violence @ A Glance 
  • Peter Feaver offers analysis of active-duty troops surveyed, in Military Times, and he offers comment on the erosion of relations between the military and President Trump, in USA Today 
  • Peter Feaver comments on the continued slide away from the military’s nonpartisan history, for NPR 
  • Peter Feaver remarks on the Democrats efforts to level the playing field on national security and garnering more military votes, on the WXXI News podcast 
  • Adriane Fresh’s finding of no evidence for the claim that voter discrimination occurred in N.C. as a consequence of relocation of polling places, is highlighted in Duke Today 
  • Xiaoshu Gui, Zeren Li, Peng Peng, Griffin Riddler, Viola Rothschild, and Hongshen Zhu interview a group of scholars at the Getting China Right Conference 
    Melanie Manion
    Melanie Manion orchestrates proceedings at the 'Getting China Right' Conference in 2019
  • Kerry Haynie discusses the voter turnout levels necessary to carry North Carolina, in an interview for The Charlotte Observer 
  • Kerry Haynie comments on voting trends in North Carolina, following new Biden Campaign TV ads targeting the Durham area, in Spectrum News 
  • Kerry Haynie comments on the Biden Campaign’s mobilization efforts of Black voters, for News and Observer 
  • Sunshine Hillygus offers insight into the value of civic participation for parents, in Good House Keeping and her appearance on Duke’s COVID-19 Media Briefing video series has a writeup summarizing it on Chapelboro.com 
  • Sunshine Hillygus’s new coauthored book, Making Young Voters, is profiled in the Ways & Means podcast 
  • Ashley Jardina’s participation in the Duke Media Briefing series video is summarized in a new writeup, on Duke Today 
  • Herbert Kitschelt’s research team launched a new website for the Democratic Accountability and Linkages Project 
  • Michael Munger’s newest article, “Plato v. Mises: Mises Wins,” is published on AIER, and he discusses a range of topics connected to capitalism on the Free Thoughts podcast, for Libertarianism.org 
  • Rachel Myrick is profiled as part of Welcome the New Faculty, 2020, onDuke Today 
  • Amanda Boston, M.A. ’12 alum, writes about gentrification in Brooklyn, for the Social Science Research Council 
  • Spencer Kaplan, T’21 student, finished his internship with a writeup on aerospace security, for the Center for Strategic & International Studies 
  • Jill Karofsky, T’88 alum, is sworn in to office as a new Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice at the 35 mile marker of a 34 hour long, 100 mile ultramarathon, reports ABC NewsNPRWaPo, and ESPN 
  • Shayla Nunnally, Ph.D. ’05 alum, joins the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and leads a Black Lives Matters webinar series for the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, reports the Oak Ridger 


  • John Aldrich offers context to why Ocasio-Cortez nominated Bernie Sanders at the Democratic convention, for Politifact   
  • Kerry Haynie writes a response essay to the question, “What does it take to get women elected?” for the Boston Review and he discusses Black representation in state legislatures on Weekend Edition, NPR 
  • Sunshine Hillygus participates in a new Duke University Media Briefings series called “Tackling the misinformation polarizing America,” reports Duke Today and Triangle Business Journal and ABC News 11 
    Sunshine Hillygus
    Sunshine Hillygus prepares for her recording in early Spring 2020
  • Ian MacMullen offers comments on his first day of teaching back on campus, in Duke Today 
  • Edmund Malesky and coauthor Markus Taussig received the 2020 ONE-SIM Outreach Award from the American Academy of Management for public outreach of research 
  • Paula McClain is a guest analyst on a podcast episode of Perception Gaps, produced by The Christian Science Monitor 
  • Richard Salsman’s newest column, “Funding American Law Enforcement,” is published on AIER 
  • Danielle French, T’18 alum, is named battalion commander for Duke’s ROTC program, notes Duke Law 


  • Pablo Beramendi, Adriane Fresh, Mike Hawley, Ashley Jardina, and Michael Munger are featured in a new video series highlighting Fall 2020 undergraduate courses, on Duke Political Science Courses 
    Multi Screen Mike Munger and Faculty
    Faculty participate in video series during the pandemic
  • Jared Clemons’s coauthored article “Set in Stone” and the corresponding writeup on Monkey Cage, and Peter Feaver’s commentary on Foreign Policy, are now featured in a collection of resources for understanding and confronting racism and its impact, for the Duke Office of Institutional Equity 
  • Peter Feaver remarks on civil-military relations after General Mark Milley’s Keynote Address to the National Defense University’s graduating class, for NPR 
  • Ashley Jardina’s research on white identity continues to be a touchstone for journalists and thinktanks, interviews with Jardina are recently in The AtlanticVox, and the Associated Press, and citation of her analysis and research are in the Minneapolis Post, the New York MagazineThe New York Times, and Center for American Progress 
  • Paula McClain’s reflection on the life and scholarship of renowned academic, Lucius J. Barker, is offered as tribute in The Washington PostStanford News, and PS Now 
  • Richard Salsman writes, “Fiscal-monetary ‘stimulus’ is depressive,” for The Hill 
  • Daniel Stegmueller’s new scholarship, “Reducing Unequal Representation,” is a guidepost for an article about political inequality and the influence of labor unions, in The Washington Post 
  • Alexandra Gara, current polsci student, is profiled in an Office of Global Affairs story about finding purpose during recent travel restrictions, on Trinity College 
  • Michael Rothenberg, current polsci student, earned 2020 Google Cloud Academic All-America accolades as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America, reports GoDuke 
  • Ibrahim Butt, alum T’19, will serve a two-year term for Duke as a Young Trustee on the Board, announced on Duke Today 
  • Cindy Cheng, alum Ph.D. ’17, collaborates on the public release of a large, hand-coded dataset of global policy responses to COVID-19, in Nature Human Behavior 
  • Matthew Fehrs, alum Ph.D. ‘08, receives a distinguished professorship at St. Mary’s College, reports The Southern Maryland Chronicle 
  • Candis Watts Smith, alum Ph.D. ’11, is named Brown-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Liberal Arts, reports Penn State News 
  • Jan Vogler, alum Ph.D. ’19, published earlier this year, “Pandemics and Political Development,” which has prompted coverage by The Times and profile interviews for Pravda and The Archaeology News Network 


  • Jared Clemons is interviewed on TV discussing George Floyd’s death, and the backdrop of COVID-19, as both a maelstrom and catalyst for protestors, on Arirang News 
  • Peter Feaver coauthors analysis of tense civil-military relations in the context of their research, for War on the Rocks 
  • Peter Feaver comments on Trump’s use of the military for partisan domestic intervention, for Foreign Policy 
  • Ashley Jardina’s discussion of white identity politics is rebroadcast on public television, for Story in the Public Square 
  • Ashley Jardina is interviewed about partisan sorting along lines of race, for CNN 
  • Ashley Jardina’s emphasis that a significant percentage of white Americans do define themselves by race is cited in FiveThirtyEight 
  • Edmund Malesky coauthors “Reopening Vietnam: How the country’s improving governance helped it weather the COVID-19 pandemic, for The Brookings Institute 
  • Paula McClain signs a statement condemning systemic racism as President of APSA, reports Political Science Now 
    Paula McClain in Gross Hall 2
    Paula McClain has directed the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute on behalf of the APSA for decades, seen here in 2016
  • Paula McClain writes reflections on the killing of Georg Floyd and a path forward, for Duke Graduate School 
  • Michael Munger offers analysis for a news article on price gouging laws, for The Counter 
  • Michael Munger is profiled in an interview about price gouging, for Reason 
  • Michael Munger writes about the rise and fall of civilizations and reasons for optimism, for AIER 
  • Viola Rothschild writes “Under a COVID-19 Cloud, China’s Gig Economy Comes of Age,” for The Jamestown Foundation 
  • Gul Tuysuz, alumna T’07 and senior producer for CNN based in Istanbul, writes “Trump is reading out of the Middle East autocrats’ playbook,” for CNN 


  • Joe Brown’s graduate student profile video is featured among the Class of 2020 Stories, on Duke University 
  • Joe Grieco discusses international government cooperation during COVID-19, on video for Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 
  • Kerry Haynie is serving on Duke’s Team 2030, reports Duke Today 
  • Ashley Jardina is interviewed in “Trump Reaches Back into His Old Bag of Populist Tricks,” for The NYTimes Opinion and she is interviewed about racial grievance and the overlap between George Wallace voters and Donald Trump voters, in The Atlantic 
  • Ashley Jardina’s course, “Racial Attitudes and Prejudice,” is profiled in Duke Today 
  • Edmund Malesky presents research in the official launch video for the 2019 Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index, for PCI Viet Nam 
    Edmund Malesky Behind the Scenes
    Edmund Malesky prepares for a broadcast interview
  • Elliot Mamet interviews Geoffrey Garrett about the transition from political science to business school, for a Duke Graduate School Alumni Profile 
  • Paula McClain and Georg Vanberg are among 29 new Duke faculty who are receiving distinguished professorships, from Duke Today 
  • Michael Munger is cited in an opinion piece about cycling, for Business Insider 
  • Michael Munger writes, “Why Politicians Focus on Trivia in the Midst of Disaster,” for AIER 
  • Eion Gronningsater, graduating senior, is described as “one of the most successful fencers in program history,” by Duke Athletics 
  • Jill Karofsky, alumna T’88, wins seat on Wisconsin Supreme Court, reports the Duke Chronicle 



  • Geoffrey Brennan appears alongside Michael Munger in PPE video series, “Public Choice Economics,” for the Institute for Human Studies 
  • Peter Feaver offers analysis on the reduction in size of the National Security Council, in an interview for the Christian Science Monitor 
  • Joe Grieco headlines a public lecture at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies 
  • Kerry Haynie’s public discussion with Duke PhD alumna, Candis Watts Smith, is available to watch on Duke AAAS YouTube 
  • Kerry Haynie appears on radio discussing the context of Super Tuesday, for WUNC The State of Things 
  • Sunshine Hillygus discusses her new coauthored book, Making Young Voters, on the radio for Chapelboro.com, and her book is cited by turnout activists, on Medium.com 
  • Sunshine Hillygus coauthors, “A Wish for Super Tuesday: Get Young People to Vote,” for New York Daily News 
  • Ashley Jardina offers distinctions toward working definitions for words like racist and racism, in an interview for a NYTimes Opinion 
  • Ashley Jardina’s analysis of group identity voter preferences is quoted in op-ed for the Washington Post 
  • Paula McClain reflects on the legacy of Ida Stephens Owens, Duke’s first black female PhD, in quote featured on The Graduate School 
  • Michael Munger writes, “The Future of Academic Publishing,” for AIER 
  • Michael Munger appears in filmed lecture, “Is Capitalism Sustainable?” sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, and in a video series, “How Markets Fail,” a PPE video series for the Institute for Humane Studies  
  • David Rohde offers reasons for why he chose to donate to candidates, in the Duke Chronicle 
  • Deondra Rose offers post-Super Tuesday election analysis, on air with WFAE Charlotte Talks 
  • Georg Vanberg’s public discussion with French Ambassador Philippe Étienne was covered by the Duke Office of Global Affairs 
    Georg Vanberg’s public discussion with French Ambassador Philippe Étienne
    French Ambassador Philippe Étienne in conversation with Georg Vanberg, in February
  • Ismail White’s coauthored book, Steadfast Democrats, continues to garner interest, including a television appearance on MSNBC, and reviews on Bloomberg Opinion and Yahoo! Finance and Bowdoin.edu 
  • Ismail White coauthors, “Why So Many Black Voters Are Democrats, Even When They Aren’t Liberal,” for FiveThirtyEight 
  • Ismail White’s coauthored essay, “Why Black Voters Stick with Democrats,” is cited in a NYTimes Opinion 
  • Geoffrey Garrett, PhD alum, presents alumni lecture at Duke and is quoted in Duke Today 
  • Justin Sherman, poli sci major, is interviewed about Paul Singer’s investment in Twitter, (starting at the 48-minute mark) on BBC News radio 
  • Justin Sherman, T'20 student, writes about cyber diplomacy and Beijing’s ‘digital authoritarianism’ in Lawfare, and discusses cybersecurity and surveillance, in a piece from the Atlantic Council 



  • Jared Clemons forthcoming co-authored article, ‘Set in Stone?’ about Confederate monuments, is previewed in his new co-authored writeup for Monkey Cage 
  • Peter Feaver argues that there is skepticism among Republicans about Trump’s policy in Russia, in The Atlantic; he argues that Trump interfered with the chain of command in the recent SEALs case, reports AXIOS; he appraises Trump’s foreign policy strategy in the wake of Soleimani's death, for CNN; he coauthors an article for Defense One; his campus interview with Samantha Power is covered by Duke Today 
  • Peter Feaver’s AGS guest speaker, former national security advisor John Bolton, draws student interest, in The Chronicle 
  • Peter Feaver is asked about veterans’ political attitudes in the wake of Soleimani’s death, in the New York Times 
  • Kerry Haynie’s service on Academic Council continues to be covered by Duke Chronicle; he appeared as a roundtable radio guest discussing the upcoming election season on WUNC The State of Things   
  • Sunshine Hillygus’s forthcoming co-authored book, Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action, is highlighted in UVAToday 
  • Sunshine Hillygus is interviewed about her new book, Making Young Voters, on The Measure of Everyday Life, WNCU Public Radio 
  • Ashley Jardina’s book, White Identity Politics, is highlighted in Vox and in two Monkey Cage articles (1 and 2); her co-authored article, “The Genesis of the Birther Rumor,” is tracked among the top 5% of research shared on Twitter in 2019, according to Altmetric 
  • Ashley Jardina’s book, White Identity Politics, helps frame an op-ed commentary on CivilBeat.org
  • Melanie Manion steered a conference, Getting China Right, that is now highlighted on the Henry Luce Foundation                  
  • Michael Munger is giving many of his published articles new life by recasting them on his new YouTube Channel 
  • Michael Munger’s decision to run for a N.C. House seat, draws student interest, in The Chronicle 
  • Jordan Roberts has accepted a tenure track position at Coastal Carolina University; more updated 2019-2020 placements can be found on our PhD Alumni Placement page 
  • Viola Rothschild’s writeup about the global conference ‘Getting China Right’ is featured in our Department News 
  • Georg Vanberg is interviewed about the large victory for Britain’s Conservative Party, in Duke Today 
  • Spencer Kaplan, T'21 polisci major, is profiled, discussing concerns of anti-Semitism on college campuses, in the NYTimes 
    Spencer Kaplan
    Spencer Kaplan alongside friends Amy Kramer and Sabriyya Pate, in his Sophmore year of 2018
  • Donald Moratz, recent MAPE program alum, answers “I knew I belonged at Duke when…” in a video for the Duke Graduate School