History & Archives

DSSS 2The Ohio State University’s Democracy Studies Program, created in 2013, was borne out of the cross-disciplinary efforts of leaders at the Moritz College of Law, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and the departments of history and political science.

The group collaborated to produce the Democracy Studies Speakers Series from 2012-2013. In the first year, national scholars who study democracy came to Ohio State to discuss themes at an advanced level – what should we study about democracy, and how should we study it? In the second year, speakers covered electoral institutions, the current condition of legislative paralysis caused by partisan polarization, rules governing the legislative process, and more.

The following scholars participated in the Democracy Studies Speakers Series:

Feb. 24, 2012: James Kloppenberg, the Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University, presented “The American Democratic Tradition: From Roger Williams to Barack Obama.” Click here for video.

March 29, 2012: Guy-Uriel Charles, professor of law at Duke University School of Law and director of the Duke Center on Law, Race, and Politics, presented “Democracy’s Guardian? Understanding the Supreme Court’s Law and Politics Jurisprudence.” Click here for video.

April 26, 2012: Morris P. Fiorina, the Wendt Family Professor at Standford University Department of Political Science and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, presented “The Breakdown in Representation in American Politics.” Click here for video.

May 7, 2012: Nancy Rosenblum, the Sen. Joseph Clark Professor of Ethics in Policy and Government at Harvard University, presented “Anti-politics: The Utopian Turn in Democratic Theory.” Click here for video.

Oct. 1, 2012: Alex Keyssar, the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, presented “Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?” Click here for video.

Nov. 30, 2012: Melissa Schwartzberg, associate professor of political science at Columbia University, presented “Supermajority Rule and Democracy.” Click here for video.

Jan. 28, 2013: Jack L. Goldsmith, the Henry L. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School, presented “National Security Checks and Balances.”DSSS 1

March 5, 2013: Dennis Thompson, the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy at Harvard University, presented “The Challenge of Political Compromise.”

April 3, 2013: Tamara Keith, National Public Radio congressional correspondent, presented “Washington’s Fiscal Fights: A View from the Fourth Estate.”