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2020 Election

AU Knows Politics

American University experts are available to provide insight into a broad range of issues related to the 2020 presidential election including voting behavior, polling, public opinion, race and politics, the economy, presidential history, survey research, foreign policy, among others.

What's Left When We're Right?


Professor David Barker's research has led to several conclusions about the future of political discourse in the U.S. The first is that dueling fact perceptions are rampant, and they are more entrenched than most people realize. Can people holding dueling facts be brought into some semblance of consensus?

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AU faculty members are available for commentary on and analysis of a wide range of topics related to the 2020 elections.

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Events & Programming

The Firsts: The Women Who Shook Capitol Hill

January 23, 5:30 PM
Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS Building

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The Big World Podcast

Podcast: The Rise of Putin

SIS's Big World podcast shines a spotlight on complex ideas & issues that matter.

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The American University Sine Institute of Policy and Politics in Washington, DC.

Leading the Way

The Sine Institute brings experts from across sectors and industries together to forward policy solutions and improve political discourse.

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2020 Election Issues


SIS professor Sharon Weiner shares the issue that she believes presidential candidates should be discussing.


Some of the news stories from around American University.

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Examining the Impact of Charter Schools on Growing Income Segregation

Research by Professor Dave Marcotte and Kari Dalane on charter schools examines their expansion along with student segregation by income. Their study shows that segregation of low-income students increased by 15 percent in large school districts.

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On Campus

AU Ed Talk: An Inside Look at the 2020 Election

Top journalists and former leaders of the Republican and Democratic National Committees gave their impressions of the ever-changing political landscape heading into the 2020 presidential election.

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She Persisted panel

Government & Politics

Women and Power: Changing the Narrative

The Women & Politics Institute at SPA and the Women in Public Service Project  hosted a recent discussion about the challenges female candidates face and how many are many are leveraging social media to get their messages out.

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Supreme Court

Government & Politics

A Look Back: Reactions of Women Voters to the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

With reports over the weekend of new sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the debate over whether he should serve on the nation’s highest court has re-emerged as a political issue.

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Government & Politics

Betsy Fischer Martin Shares Insights on July Democratic Primary Debates

Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute (WPI), shared her insights of the recent Democratic primary debates.

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