Theme Panel: How Political Scientists Can Create Effective Public Engagement

How Political Scientists Can Create Effective Public Engagement

In the panel we discuss the process of writing for a general audience and the utility and appropriateness of using political science research as a lens to analyze relevant questions related to current events.

As Americans enter a period where the legitimacy of some political institutions, norms, and procedures are disrupted, political blogs provide a venue for social scientists to bring empirical, theoretical, or normative information to the public sphere in a way that journalists and popular writers may not. Social scientists tend to write primarily for an academic audience in a style that may not translate well to the broader public. However, political scientists have useful and relevant insights to offer, and there’s no need for us to wait for reporters to call us. Political blogs provide an appropriate venue for this type of communication.

Participants:
Jennifer Nicoll Victor, George Mason University (Presenter)
Julia Rezazadeh Azari, Marquette University (Presenter)
Hans Noel, Georgetown University (Presenter)
Gregory Koger, University of Miami (Presenter)
Seth E. Masket, University of Denver (Presenter)
Jonathan M. Ladd, Georgetown University (Presenter)
John W. Patty, University of Chicago (Presenter)
Richard McGrath Skinner, Sunlight Foundation (Presenter)
John M. Sides, George Washington University (Presenter)
Henry Farrell, George Washington University (Presenter)
E.J. Graff, (Presenter)
Laura Seay, Colby College (Presenter)
Joshua A. Tucker, New York University (Presenter)