Money and Politics

April 6, 2020
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
61 Claremont Avenue (corner of West 120th Street)
New York, NY 10027

The nearly yearlong Challenges and Opportunities in 2020 election series is a forum for academics, journalists, and others to comment on the issues at stake in the 2020 presidential election, and related topics front and center in American politics and society. The series, which is co-sponsored with The American Assembly, fosters interdisciplinary conversations that explore undercurrents and themes affecting the upcoming election and the integrity of—and trust in—our democratic institutions.

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Panelists

ANDREA BERNSTEIN is a Peabody and duPont-Columbia award–winning journalist and Co-Host of the Trump, Inc. Podcast. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling-book American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (Norton, January 2020). A long-time and regular contributor to NPR, she has covered six national elections including the 2016 election, and her beats have included government, politics, transportation, environment, housing, and policing.

RICHARD BRIFFAULT is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. His research, writing, and teaching focus on state and local government law, legislation, the law of the political process, government ethics, and property. He has written more than 75 law review articles and is author of “Dollars and Democracy: A Blueprint for Campaign Finance Reform,” (a report of the New York City Bar Association’s commission on campaign finance reform).

ALEXANDER HERTEL-FERNANDEZ is Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is a political scientist who studies the political economy of the United States, with an emphasis on the politics of organized interests and public policy. He is the author of State Capture (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Politics at Work (Oxford University Press, 2018).

MICHAEL G. MILLER is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. His work applies quantitative methods to questions in American elections and political behavior. He is author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and of the book, Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections, and How It Can Work in the Future (Cornell University Press, 2014). He is also coauthor of Super PAC! Money, Elections, and Voters After Citizens United (Routledge, 2014).

Moderator

ESTER R. FUCHS is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science and is the Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served as Special Advisor to the Mayor for Governance and Strategic Planning under New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2001 to 2005. Professor Fuchs serves as Director of WhosOnTheBallot.org, an online voter engagement initiative for New York City.

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The American Assembly
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