From a cyclone that knocked out swaths of the Indian Railways Network to the winter storms that brought the MBTA system to its knees, an urgent need exists for systematic strategies that speed the recovery of critical lifelines in the wake of disasters. Thanks to Northeastern researchers, that need is being met.
Assistant professor Nick Beauchamp has brought science to the art of crafting persuasive text for things like advertisements and political talking points. A study found the algorithm he created generated persuasive text that shifted people’s opinions of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.
Associate professor of political science Michael Tolley spent his Constitution Day lecture examining why “federalism is the cardinal question of American constitutional law,” as former President Woodrow Wilson once put it. His lecture coincided with the day commemorating the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution 228 years ago.
Beyond the physical destruction Hurricane Katrina caused along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, the storm ultimately led to widespread human rights violations, according to Amnesty International. Political science professor Thomas Vicino holds forth on the issues former Gulf Coast residents continue to face today.
A decade after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, Northeastern professor Stephen Flynn examines how the catastrophic event vaulted our ability to recover from natural disasters into a national priority.
The Pacific Northwest reportedly could be devastated by a major earthquake in the coming decades. But according to one Northeastern expert in community and infrastructure resilience, no part of the U.S. is safe from natural catastrophe.
Northeastern assistant professor Mai’a K. Davis Cross, who studies European politics, explains how Greece’s debt crisis and “no” vote could make the EU stronger and more resilient over the long term.
Max Abrahms says the Charleston massacre is an act of terrorism. Here, the terrorism theorist and Northeastern assistant professor of political science, explains why, and discusses the distinction between hate crimes and terrorism.
Five Northeastern faculty members participated in an interdisciplinary forum examining January’s attacks in Paris and their place in the larger context of conflicts, terrorism, free speech, and inequality.
The Obama administration’s agenda, the next presidential campaign, and political behavior on social media are among the topics that assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp will be closely following this year.