We make democracy count for more people in the United States and around the world.

Encouraging Voting

Seth Flaxman MPP 2011 and Kathryn Peters MPP 2011 built TurboVote, an online tool that helps people register to vote and get information about upcoming elections. Flaxman and Peters are pushing for 80 percent voter turnout in U.S. elections by 2024.

Campaigning for Change

Guillaume Liegey MPA 2010, Brune Poirson MPA 2017, Delphine O MPP 2014, and Amélie de Montchalin MPA 2014 worked on the successful campaign of French President Emmanuel Macron. After Macron’s 2017 win, O, de Montchalin, and Poirson took government positions in France. Poirson observed, “It’s an amazing job, being part of the French government at such a turning point in French history.”

“Democracies around the world are under stress. In this moment, it is critical to develop insights that help repair and deepen democracy in the 21st century.”

Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government

Media and Politics

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is exploring ways to maintain robust traditional media and to make emerging media accountable. Nicco Mele, lecturer in public policy and former deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times, has said, “At this critical moment for media and politics, a healthy digital future for journalism remains one of the great challenges of our era, and is essential to a healthy democracy.”

Kennedy School faculty and students participated in the 2018 Harvard Votes Challenge, a nonpartisan effort to increase voter registration among eligible students.

Negotiation and Legislation

Negotiation and political experts at the Kennedy School—including Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values Jane Mansbridge, winner of the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science—are developing case studies to understand more deeply the dynamics of successful cross-partisan legislating and are creating tools and training materials that legislators can use.

Through fellowships and other opportunities, Kennedy School students gain valuable experience working in government at the federal, state, and local levels.

Cyber Defense

The Defending Digital Democracy project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs develops strategies and tools to protect democratic processes from cyber and other information attacks. Eric Rosenbach, co-director of the Belfer Center and lecturer in public policy, has observed, “State and local election officials are now on the front lines of a battle to maintain trust and confidence in America’s digital democracy.”

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Banner photo: The Kennedy School works to increase participation in the political process around the world.

Photos by Sarah Grucza, Tom Fitzsimmons

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