Author Archives: Peter

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.

views of abortion by gender

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10I didn’t know how women and men differ in their views of abortion or how opinions have changed over time. So I ran the numbers using American National Election Study data since 1980. Here are the strong … Continue reading

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some notes on receiving tenure

Facebook455 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 456This week, the Tufts Trustees voted to grant me tenure and make me a full professor. I am very grateful to them, the Political Science Department (which is my tenure home), the Tisch College of Civic Life … Continue reading

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on hedgehogs and foxes

Facebook26 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 27 “A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog knows one important thing” — Archilochus This proverb is in the news lately because Philip Tetlock has shown that foxes (flexible and curious generalists) are much better at predicting … Continue reading

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an expressivist critique of our criminal justice system

Facebook8 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 9(Disclaimer: this post is the result of reading some work by Tommie Shelby and Erin Kelly but not yet wrestling with either author’s views sufficiently or examining the larger literature on expressivism in law. If you were … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy Conference 2019 Draft Agenda

Facebook5 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 6This is a working draft (as of May 8, 2019), likely to change in detail. Tickets are still available but are running out. Thursday, June 20 4:00-5:30 registration Heavy hors d’oeuvres served 5:30 opening plenary Welcoming comments … Continue reading

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Rewiring Democracy

Facebook18 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 19Matt Leighninger and Quixada Moore-Vissing have published “Rewiring Democracy: Subconscious Technologies, Conscious Engagement, and the Future of Politics” (Public Agenda 2018). I would pick out this major contrast from the complex document of 68 pages. On one … Continue reading

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college and mobility

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15Xiang Zhou has published “Equalization or Selection? Reassessing the ‘Meritocratic Power’ of a College Degree in Intergenerational Income Mobility” in the American Sociological Review–also available here. Like all multivariate statistical models, it’s subject to criticism and should … Continue reading

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the Green New Deal and civic renewal

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14Here’s a short case for a Green New Deal: We face a climate emergency. Government spending must be part of the solution. Even if we passed a robust carbon tax, we still need coordinated action that can’t … Continue reading

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youth, midlife & old-age as states of mind

Facebook8 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 9This post is inspired and informed by Kieran Setiya’s Midlife (Princeton, 2017), but I didn’t review it recently because I wanted space to develop my own views. Here are three definitions that are not tied to chronological … Continue reading

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More Temperate

Facebook20 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 21Most trees have leafed out for two or three days.Each leaf unfolding in place to fill its space, green;But the trees that flowered are wilting now,Bold blooms shrinking to leave more space between,Dwindling to stipples along each … Continue reading

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