Rarely does a day go by without a reminder that our politics are marked by deep cultural, regional, racial, ideological, and religious divisions. In his new book “Polarization: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford University Press, 2019), Nolan McCarty, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, concisely yet comprehensively surveys the scholarship on this important phenomenon.

Join AEI and a panel of experts for an assessment of what we know about the origins and drivers of political polarization, an evaluation of institutional reforms meant to address it, and consideration of the consequences of this decades-long process.

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3:45 PM

4:00 PM
Stan Veuger, AEI

4:05 PM
Opening remarks:
Nolan McCarty, Princeton University

4:25 PM
Panel discussion

Daniel A. Cox, AEI
Nolan McCarty, Princeton University
Hans Noel, Georgetown University
Jaime Settle, College of William & Mary

Stan Veuger, AEI
5:15 PM

5:30 PM

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Daniel A. Cox is a research fellow in polling and public opinion at AEI, where he specializes in survey research, politics, youth culture and identity, and religion. Before joining AEI, he was the research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, which he cofounded and where he led the organization’s qualitative and quantitative research program. He is also the coauthor of numerous academic book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers on topics relating to religious polarization, anti-Muslim attitudes in the US, religious tolerance of atheists, and new methods for measuring social class and religious belief. Dr. Cox’s work is frequently featured in the popular press, including in The Atlantic, CNN, and The Washington Post. He is a contributor to FiveThirtyEight and a regular guest on Hill.TV. He holds an MA and PhD in American government from Georgetown University, where he focused on public opinion, political behavior, and religion and politics.

Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His research interests include US politics, democratic political institutions, and political game theory. He is the recipient of the Robert Eckles Swain National Fellowship from the Hoover Institution and the John M. Olin Fellowship in political economy. He has coauthored three books: “Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy” (Princeton University Press, 2015 with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal); “Political Game Theory: An Introduction” (Cambridge University Press, 2006 with Adam Meirowitz); and “Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches” (MIT Press, 2006 with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal). In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned an AB from The University of Chicago and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.

Hans Noel is an associate professor of government at Georgetown University. His research is on political coalitions, political parties, and ideology, with a focus on the United States. He is the author of “Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America” (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and a coauthor of “The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform” (University of Chicago Press, 2008). Dr. Noel blogs on political parties and related issues at “Mischiefs of Faction.” He has been a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in health policy research at the University of Michigan, a fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and faculty-in-residence at Villa Le Balze in Fiesole, Italy. He received a PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006, and a BS in journalism from Northwestern University in 1994.

Jaime Settle is the David and Carolyn Wakefield Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary. She is a scholar of American political behavior with expertise in the fields of political psychology and communication. Her research focuses on how political interactions — in both face-to-face and online contexts — affect the way individuals perceive conflict in their environment, evaluate other people, and engage within the political system. She integrates tools from other disciplines — such as behavior genetics, psychophysiology, and data science — to inform our approach in understanding key questions within political science. Dr. Settle has published 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts or chapters in venues such as Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. Her first book, “Frenemies: How Facebook Polarizes America” (Cambridge University, 2018), won a best book award from the Experiments in Politics section and an honorable mention from the Political Networks section of the American Political Science Association. She serves on the board of American National Election Studies and is an associate editor at the Journal of Experimental Political Science. Dr. Settle received a BA in political science from the University of Richmond and a PhD in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

Stan Veuger is a resident scholar at AEI, where he specializes in political economy and public finance. He is also the editor of AEI Economic Perspectives, a visiting lecturer of economics at Harvard University, and a fellow at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid and at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His research has been published in leading academic and professional journals, including the Journal of Monetary Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, and The Review of Economics and Statistics. He is the editor, with Michael Strain, of “Economic Freedom and Human Flourishing: Perspectives from Political Philosophy” (AEI Press, 2016). Dr. Veuger also comments frequently on economics, politics, and popular culture for general audiences. His writing has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The New York Times, and USA Today, among others. His broadcast appearances include CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Univision. He received a PhD and an AM in economics from Harvard and an MSc in economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He completed his undergraduate education at Utrecht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Dr. Veuger serves as the chairman of the Washington, DC, chapter of the Netherland-America Foundation.

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