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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Conference: Democracy in the U.S. States

Conference: Democracy in the U.S. States

March 16-17, 2023
University Park, PA

The Center for American Political Responsiveness and McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State will be hosting a conference in State College on March 16-17, 2023. The theme is “Democracy in the U.S. States.” We are looking forward to a conference that showcases the vibrant research happening in the study of state politics and policymaking. 

Conference Agenda

Conference sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 16 at the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub, located in downtown State College. The day’s programming will conclude with reception and graduate student poster session from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Sessions on Friday, March 17 will begin at 9:00 a.m. in 302 Pond Lab on Penn State’s University Park campus and end at noon ET.

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 Keynote: Jamila Michener

Jamila Michener, associate professor of of government at Cornell University and co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, will present a keynote lecture on “Race, Class, and Power in a Fragmented Democracy” on Thursday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Michener’s research focuses on poverty, racial inequality and public policy in the United States. Her recent book, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism and Unequal Politics (Cambridge University Press) examines how Medicaid–the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low income–affects democratic citizenship.

Michener’s research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Ford Foundation. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Prior to working at Cornell, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at the University of Michigan.