As coronavirus spreads across the country and around the globe, we are facing a crisis not just in healthcare, but also in how we live, work, learn, engage, and come together to govern ourselves as citizens and in communities. The SNF Agora Institute is dedicating to exploring the political and policy implications of COVID-19 by partnering with experts from Johns Hopkins University and beyond.
SNF Agora Institute faculty and fellows are leading the conversation about specific threats to American democracy that were in play leading up to the 2020 U.S. presidential elections—including misinformation and disinformation, insecure voting and information systems, and polarization that is particularly exacerbated by issues of race—as well as considering what paths forward we might take to restore a sense of common stake in our country’s future.
How can we distinguish truth from fiction when disinformation plagues our sources of news and information? What does disinformation mean for the future of global democracy? SNF Agora Faculty and Fellows are leading the conversation about the impact of disinformation on elections and voting, polarization and partisanship, and democracy itself.
Around the world, we have seen populist leaders—including in India, Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela—rise to powers and win reelection. SNF Agora Faculty and Fellows are monitoring this recent trend of growing populist movements and examine how populism and populist governments threaten liberal democracy.
Race & Ethnic Politics
SNF Agora Institute faculty and fellows explore the history of race and racism in America and around the world, and look for ways to talk about race, identity, and polarization that bridge divides and put us on a durable pathway forward.
In a time where democratic institutions and values are uncertain, the need to equip young people with political knowledge, political skills, habits of engagement, and civil tolerance is now more pressing than ever before. The SNF Agora Institute is committed to leading the conversation around the importance of civic education in sustaining democratic society.
Young people are fueling so much of the political energy of this moment—from protests for racial justice to mobilizations for climate action. The faculty and fellows at SNF Agora examine the power of youth activism and the role of young people in politics and democratic society.
In today’s society, polarization and division between racial, religious, cultural, and political groups is commonplace. How can we find a path forward when polarization not only creates conflict and gridlock, but is used as a political tactic? The experts at SNF Agora are dedicated to examining polarization, one of the greatest threats to democracy today.
Psychological Distress and Loneliness Reported by US Adults in 2018 and April 2020
- Hahrie Han Inaugural Director, SNF Agora Institute & Professor, Department of Political Science, KSAS
- Emma E. McGinty, PhD
- Rachel Presskreischer, MS
- News The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Civic Life and Public Health Survey June 3, 2020
- News SNF Agora Institute discussion series explores policies, politics of the pandemic March 24, 2020