Everything you need to know about the 2020 election cycle featuring research and expert analysis by Northeastern’s faculty
Amy Coney Barrett is poised to continue Antonin Scalia’s legacy on the Supreme Court
The Senate is expected to squeak out a vote to send Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court today. Her confirmation, says Dan Urman—who teaches a course at Northeastern on Constitutional law and the modern U.S. Supreme Court—could represent the biggest ideological shift on the court in decades.Read more
Here’s why Donald Trump failed to ‘rock the boat’ in his debate with Joe Biden
Though Trump practiced relatively courteous behavior in the second and final debate on Thursday. But the president failed to cut into Joe Biden’s lead in a meaningful way, said Nicholas Beauchamp, assistant professor of political science at Northeastern.Read more
The US is less than 2 weeks away from Election Day. Here’s what to watch for.
“This is the pandemic election. It’s a whole different world,” said Sabrina Siddiqui, national politics reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and one of three politics experts who participated in the latest Civic Experience event at Northeastern on Wednesday.Read more
Climate change has made history this election cycle. But how will it fare in November?
With this week’s debate canceled, the only presidential debate so far featured the longest discussion of climate change of any such showdown to date. But there’s still a long way to go, says Jennie C. Stephens, dean’s professor of sustainability science and policy at Northeastern.Read more
Biden may see sizable gains from mail-in ballots in several battleground states
Nearly 80 million absentee ballots are expected to be cast in the presidential contest, up sharply from 2016. That bodes well for the Democratic candidate and former vice president, a new national study finds.Read more
Pence and Harris’s low-key debate probably won’t change many voters' minds. Here's why.
The debate probably didn’t move the needle in terms of attracting undecideds, Northeastern professors observe. But with a Supreme Court nomination hearing on the way, their discussion set the stage for a looming political conflictRead more
Will the vice presidential debate tell us more than Trump and Biden did?
What if we could look back on political debates and extract the information we needed to make informed decisions on issues and candidates? A visualization tool created by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Northeastern may help us do just that.Read more
Does the public have a right to know the state of the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis?
Yes, says Wendy Parmet, university distinguished professor of law at Northeastern and director of the Center for Health Policy and Law. Especially when other people’s health is involved. “Just because he might recover doesn’t mean everyone is going to recover,” Parmet says. “Telling people not to worry about the pandemic is dangerous.”Read more
Democrats and Republicans both strongly support new round of COVID-19 pandemic aid, study says
Bipartisanship quickly ends as sharp differences continue over the price tag and where the money goes. Democrats favor aid to hospitals, schools, and the Postal Service. GOP opposes money to states and cities, researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Northwestern, and Rutgers found.Read more
Here's how states are dealing with mail-in voting ahead of the election
Research conducted over the summer suggest that many Americans entered the fall with support for the mail-in voting process. Will President Donald Trump’s attacks on those ballots change Americans’ views about the process?Read more
In the first presidential debate, the shouting drowned out the body language
The first presidential debate of 2020 was unlike any other that Laura Dudley, an assistant clinical professor at Northeastern who specializes in body language, has seen. As she analyzed the candidates’ non-verbal cues, she said, it was impossible for her to overlook the shouting, interrupting, and name-calling between the rivals. Judge for yourself.Read more
Did anyone really win the first presidential debate?
Tuesday’s debate between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden was marked more by what it wasn’t—a coherent advocacy of policy differences—than what it was. The showdown was nearly 90 minutes of cross-talk, interruptions, and shouting that “both men probably lost,” said Nicholas Beauchamp, assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University.Read more
Trump, Biden likely to focus on energizing core supporters in first presidential debate
The move away from showering swing voters with attention has a lot to do with technology that allows campaigns to micro-target supporters down to where they live, says Costas Panagopoulos, chair of Northeastern’s Department of Political Science, whose new book connects election data to insights gained from behavioral social science.Read more
Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves behind an unmatched legacy. How might her death shape the 2020 election and beyond?
The 87-year-old Supreme Court Justice will be memorialized as an iconic figure who faced and overcame discrimination to make history as the second woman to ever serve on the nation’s highest court. “Ginsburg basically changed the way that the Supreme Court and American culture understand gender equality and the meaning of sex-based discrimination,” says Dan Urman, a Constitutional law expert at Northeastern.Read more
Election Day is in 8 weeks. Will every ballot be counted?
Fake news. Russian interference. Voter suppression. It’s all on the table at Northeastern’s voting rights conference.Read more
Will young voters show up to the polls (or the mailbox) for this election?
Ever since 18-year-olds were given the right to vote, turnout among young people has been largely underwhelming. Northeastern graduates Emily White and Melanie Shark are working to change that.Read more
‘If they don’t move to the other side of the road, he may just crash the car’
President Trump may be intensifying his trade war as a way to end it, says Robert Triest, professor and chair of Northeastern’s economics department. But what happens when a strategy becomes a game of chicken?Read more
Most reporters on the 2020 campaign beat are men. Does that influence coverage?
Six women are running for president, a record number. But female journalists have written fewer than one third of recent election stories, according to a report by Northeastern’s Storybench. Its author, Meg Heckman, is researching the effect this disparity has on coverage.Read more
Here’s a plan to reinvent the news media
John Wihbey, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern, argues that journalists need to provide readers, viewers, and listeners with more context for stories in order to fight misinformation and fake news in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.Read more