American Democracy and the 2020 elections

Thursday, September 17, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Online, via Zoom: REGISTER


  • Julia Azari,
  • Theodore (Ted) R. Johnson

**Please note all CDDRL events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone


About the Event:

Please join CDDRL as we kick off our 2020-21 seminar series with a panel on American democracy and the 2020 elections. Julia Azari (Marquette University), Ted Johnson (Brennan Center), and David Brady (Hoover Institute) will discuss the critical issues heading in to the Presidential elections this November.


About the Speakers:

Julia Azari
Julia Azari is Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University. She holds Ph.D., M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in political science from Yale University, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include the American presidency, American political parties, the politics of the American state, and qualitative research methods.





Theodore Johnson
Theodore R. Johnson is a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. In this role, he explores the intersection of race, politics, and public policy outcomes related to democratic reform. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Dr. Johnson was a career military officer, research manager at Deloitte, and a national fellow at New America.

His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other national and niche publications. He is the author of the forthcoming book When the Stars Begin to Fall, which explores how national solidarity can help overcome the effects of racism. As a military officer served as a speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as a White House Fellow during the Obama administration, among other roles.
Dr. Johnson holds a B.S. in mathematics from Hampton University, an A.L.M. with a concentration in International Relations from Harvard University, and a Doctorate of Law and Policy from Northeastern University.



David Brady
David Brady is deputy director and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Ethics in the Stanford Graduate School of Business and professor of political science in the School of Humanities and Sciences at the university.  Brady is an expert on the U.S. Congress and congressional decision making.