Democracy expert to discuss pandemic’s impact on US politics


March 30, 2022

Democracy expert to discuss pandemic’s impact on US politics

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Danielle Allen, a Harvard University professor, author, and democracy expert, will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on America’s political and civic institutions at a virtual event next week hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Institute for Public Policy.

Allen, the director of Harvard Edmond J. Safra Ethics Centerwill speak at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 5. The event is part of the institute Understand our new world series of virtual conversations and will be held via Zoom. Registration is required at

Allen and Institute Director John Shaw will discuss Allen’s new book, “Democracy in the time of the coronavirus”, as well as his views on the state of American democracy and his candidacy for governor of Massachusetts.

“Professor Allen is one of America’s most creative and respected scholars,” Shaw said. “His remarkable range of interests stretches from ancient Greece to 21st century America.

“A world-class scholar who has also fought in the trenches of electoral politics, Danielle Allen will offer penetrating insight into the strengths, weaknesses and overall health of our democracy.”

Allen is also from Harvard University Professor at James Bryant Conant University. She took time off from her positions at Harvard in the 2021-22 academic year to run for governor of Massachusetts, a campaign she suspended in February.

Allen’s book, published in December, examines the strengths and weaknesses of the United States‘ COVID response. She was also the lead author of the report “Roadmap for Pandemic Resilience”, which partially informed the Biden-Harris COVID response plan. His scholarly work has focused on justice and citizenship in ancient Greece and modern America.

Allen previously chaired the Mellon Foundation Board and the Pulitzer Prize Board. She founded the Democratic Knowledge Project Design Studio and is the faculty’s advisor for its K-12 civics work. She was a longtime columnist for The Washington Post and wrote for The Atlantic.

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions to Allen prior to the event. Questions can be submitted on the event registration form or by email to [email protected]


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