Political Science Department

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Race, Gender, and the 2020 Democratic Party

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In 2018, the Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives by fielding candidates from a wider array of backgrounds than ever before. As the voting begins in the Democratic Presidential Primaries, the set of leading presidential contenders does not reflect this increasing diversity. Join the Political Science Department and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy for a discussion of the role of race and gender in 2020 Democratic Party politics on Wednesday, February 5th in True North SRH 101 at 5PM. Professors Jonathan Collins, Andrew Englehardt, Wendy J. Schiller, and Katherine Tate will address how the process has unfolded until now, and consider how a lack of diversity at the top of the Democratic Party ticket could influence the outcome of the 2020 elections for president, Congress, and state government. Event is open to the public.


The political science department at Brown University is a dynamic community of scholars and students investigating some of the largest, most pressing challenges of political life today. Our faculty are at the leading edge of research in all the traditional subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We study many different regions of the world, and we engage a wide variety of methods and intellectual approaches. We have a vibrant PhD program that trains graduate students for careers in academia and advanced research. Our undergraduate major is one of the largest on campus, although most of our classes are small and allow students to work closely with faculty members. Our graduates pursue a wide range of different careers paths, including law, public service, business, education, and more.

Our faculty and students profit from the many outstanding institutes, centers, and programs at Brown that bear on the study of politics. These include the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs, Masters in Public Affairs Program, the Program in Urban Studies, the Center for Contemporary South Asia, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Political Theory Project, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Middle East Studies, Development Studies, the Population Studies and Training Center, and Africana Studies. Together we are a community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars at the cutting edge in the study of political life. We are diverse in approach, method, and field of study, but we work closely together to foster new understanding and creative approaches to the political challenges of our increasingly complex world.