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Democratic Deficits

The ideas, research, and actions from across Harvard University aimed at making democracy, democratic institutions, and elections more representative

Raising voices

Members of the Harvard community are taking a variety of approaches to finding solutions to our imperfect election system.

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“… fulfilling America’s promise requires building a democracy that includes all of us.”

Aaron Mukerjee, a third-year student at Harvard Law School, talks about his work with the Voting Rights Litigation Clinic.

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This is why we still have the Electoral College
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Fixing the vote

In his book, Professor Alex Keyssar explores why we still have an electoral college in America and discovers a complex mix of politics, constitutional law, structural racism, and more.

Hear more on the Kennedy School’s PolicyCast

Voting Matters | On Account of Race (1965) || Radcliffe Institute
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On account of race

A roundtable conversation, featuring scholars who have pioneered innovative approaches to the past, present, and future of political empowerment, looks at the relationships among the Reconstruction Amendments, the 19th Amendment, the VRA, and the INA.

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The roots of the reckoning

Lawrence D. Bobo, dean of social science and the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, talks about confronting the long shadow cast by America’s history of deeply fraught race relations and entrenched inequality.

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Explore the series

“Unequal” is a multi-part series highlighting the work of Harvard faculty, staff, students, alumni, and researchers on issues of race and inequality across the United States.

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Unequal: Criminal Injustice

The first entry in the series explored the experience of people of color with the criminal justice system in America.

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  • Personal Essay

“There’s no system too big to reimagine—not even the criminal justice system.”

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  • From the experts

Solving racial disparities in policing

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  • Podcast

Computer scientist Latanya Sweeney on the flaws in our data

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