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Alex Keyssar

Appointment
Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy
617-495-1042
DPI-307

As the 2024 election approaches, concerns about the stability of American democracy are widespread.  Notably, this was not the case a decade or two ago.  This course will examine the threats and challenges now facing democratic institutions in the United States, including:  ongoing disputes over election procedures and outcomes; conflict over the exercise of the right to vote;  widening economic inequality;  increasingly politicized social divisions;  an apparent loss of confidence in the legal system; and the erosion of agreed-upon “truths” about politics and society.   The course will explore the emergence of these challenges and try to locate them in historical (and comparative) perspective – by looking at U.S .history and at the experiences of other nations.