During a special November 3, 2022 virtual event for alumni, Wendy J. Schiller ADE’02 hon. offered her perspective on issues looming large in the minds of many Americans: is our democracy safe? How have technological innovations changed our elections and protest movements? What will it take to safeguard such fundamentals as freedom of speech, worship, press, and assembly? Using specific stories and statistics from her own years of experience in political analysis, Schiller suggests that in some ways, technology has enabled a more inclusive, participatory society while simultaneously challenging the rule of law. After Professor Schiller’s presentation, Brown Alumni Association President Carlos Lejnieks ’00 moderated a lively Q&A discussion.
Schiller is the Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellent in Political Science and the Director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. With a research focus on representation in American politics, Schiller’s extensive body of work includes “Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations” and her forthcoming book, “Inequality Across State Lines: How Policymakers Have Failed Domestic Violence Victims.”