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This We Believe

"Participants of Eagleton’s This I Believe project were asked to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned over the past year during the pandemic and the political upheaval that followed the killing of George Floyd and the 2020 election. The response has been overwhelming and remarkable," said Eagleton Director John J. Farmer, Jr.

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Measuring Success: Women in 2020 Legislative Elections

In a new report measuring the success of women in 2020 legislative elections, CAWP examined 2020 congressional and state legislative data, and looked ahead to what 2020 election outcomes mean for the future of women in American politics.

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Scientists in State Politics Database

The Eagleton Science and Politics Initiative launched the first publicly accessible national database of elected state legislators with scientific, engineering and health care training.

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News & Announcements

A Message from the Director of Eagleton: The Chauvin Verdict

Yesterday, the jury in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin found the former police officer guilty of the murder of George Floyd. While justice has been served in this case, it is only one case. It is just a steppingstone.

New Report: A Contagion of Institutional Distrust

The aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has led to the emergence of a new broad, anti-government conspiracy theory spreading on social media that is dovetailing with anti-vaccination and anti-public health extremism, according to a new report by the Miller Center.

Mitch McConnell once knew all about the filibuster’s racist history. What changed?

The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage blog published an op-ed written by Eagleton Professor Saladin Ambar. "The simple truth is that the filibuster — a Senate rule that allows for extended debate — was the most prominent tool employed to thwart the civil rights

Who's watching Big Tech? The dangers of using algorithms to fight extremism

The Hill published an op-ed written by John J. Farmer, Jr., the director of Eagleton. "[H]istory counsels caution today when, in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, our government has awakened belatedly to the danger of domestic extremism and has pledged tens of millions of dollars to arrest its spread. Although varying approaches are being proffered to the Biden administration, they are unified by identifying as a principal source of the problem the role of social media platforms’ algorithms in organizing and amplifying extremist messaging," wrote Farmer.

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