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In The News

In The News

Connecting with the public through the media is a key component of our outreach efforts.

Media Mentions

Our faculty are often featured as experts in the news stories about democracy and American politics:

Digging Deeper with Penn State President Eric Barron: Michael Berkman on the 2020 election

Fox 5 New York: Eric Plutzer on why Pennsylvania is a genuine swing state

Bloomberg TV’s Balance of Power: Michael Berkman on the U.S. government’s response to coronavirus

NPR’s On Point: Chris Beem on the importance of truth in a democracy

Governing magazine: Michael Berkman on state legislators running for mayor

Brad Vivian on the New Books Network podcast discussing his book Commonplace Witnessing

HowStuffWorks: Chris Beem on Super Tuesday

PennLive:Penn State survey finds real empathy gap between Democrats, Republican voters

Mood of the Nation Poll results in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public. The organization’s motto is “academic rigor, journalistic flair.” Michael Berkman, Christopher Beem, and other McCourtney Institute faculty regularly contribute articles to the site, which are republished in media outlets around the world:

Wisconsin GOP’s power grab is a danger to democracy

What Comey learned from theologian Reinhold Niebuhr about ethical leadership

Lessons on political leadership from Lincoln’s ‘House Divided’ speech 160 years later

To fully appreciate black history, the U.S. must let go of lingering confederate nostalgia

In Pennsylvania’s 18th, a very important, unimportant election

In Trump’s America, is the Supreme Court still seen as legitimate?

What activists today can learn from MLK, the ‘conservative militant’

Thanks to the North Carolina case, partisan gerrymandering’s day of reckoning may soon be upon us

When Trump’s tweets are angry, the mood of his followers darkens