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How the DNC has helped form a bond between two Northeastern professors

The 2016 Demo­c­ratic National Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia this week marks the fifth con­sec­u­tive con­ven­tion that pro­fes­sors Michael Dukakis and Dan Urman have attended together. Here’s how it began, with the moments they’ve shared along the way.

July 26, 2016 - BOSTON, MA. - Distinguished Professor Michael S. Dukakis and Professor Dan Urman pose for a portrait in Renaissance Park at Northeastern University on July 26, 2016. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Supreme Court of the ‘60s lent ‘legal force to the dissatisfaction with bigotry’

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and retired fed­eral judge Nancy Gertner dis­cussed during last week’s Myra Kraft Open Class­room lec­ture the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of the U.S. Supreme Court between 1953 and 1969, when Earl Warren served as chief justice.

11/04/15 - BOSTON, MA. -  Barney Frank speaks after Nancy Gertner during a lecture on the 1960's US Supreme Court in West Village F on Oct. 4, 2015. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

3Qs: Changing of the guard on Beacon Hill

Michael Dukakis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence at North­eastern and the longest-​​serving gov­ernor in Mass­a­chu­setts his­tory, offers advice to new Gov. Charlie Baker.

2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker Visits Campus

Why politics aren’t for the faint of heart

Experts dis­cussed the impact a politi­cians’ health can have on their polit­ical careers at a recent con­fer­ence hosted by Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Science.

Conference on Presidential Disability and Succession: Problems and Opportunities

Mayoral, city council at-​​large candidates to face off at campus forum

With Elec­tion Day less than two weeks away, North­eastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs will host a public forum on Sunday with the city’s may­oral and at-​​large city council candidates.


Northeastern reflects on conflict, civility, and respect

In the first event in a year­long edu­ca­tional series on “civic sus­tain­ability,” North­eastern fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tors encour­aged stu­dents to embrace their diver­sity across cul­ture, race, eth­nicity, and sexual orientation.

Understanding Hate

On presidential campaigns, a look forward

North­eastern on Thursday hosted its fourth annual con­fer­ence on pres­i­den­tial elec­tions and politics.

Jeff Clements

3Qs: How Obama won, and the road ahead

We asked three fac­ulty experts to weigh in on Barack Obama’s elec­tion night vic­tory and what we can expect from him going forward.


Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­toral win over Repub­lican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close pop­ular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the uni­ver­sity are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.


3Qs: Sandy’s impact on the election

Michael Dukakis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence, dis­cusses what the dev­as­tating hur­ri­cane might mean for the pres­i­den­tial race — and how the Elec­toral Col­lege fac­tors into the equation.

Michael Dukakis

Economic challenges take center stage at Open Classroom

On Wednesday, former Har­vard pres­i­dent and Obama adviser Larry Sum­mers joined Gre­gory Mankiw, an adviser to Mitt Romney, for a standing-​​room-​​only dis­cus­sion hosted by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Open Classroom

3Qs: Moving beyond the conventions

Michael Dukakis, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence, weighs in on the Demo­c­ratic National Con­ven­tion and pre­views the race to the White House between Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Repub­lican chal­lenger Mitt Romney.

Catalonia Government Seminar

Website takes voters beyond the political frenzy

A new web resource devel­oped by North­eastern fac­ulty aims to give voters in-​​depth infor­ma­tion about the Amer­ican polit­ical system in prepa­ra­tion for November’s pres­i­den­tial election.


Health-​​care verdict spawns new questions

A panel dis­cus­sion among North­eastern pro­fes­sors exam­ined the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the bulk of Pres­i­dent Obama’s Afford­able Care Act.


Catalan president talks public transit, economy

Artur Mas, Pres­i­dent of the Gov­ern­ment of Cat­alonia, Spain, dis­cussed its world leading public trans­porta­tion system in a campus event hosted by Northeastern’s World Class Cities Partnership.


Experiential learning, seven cities at a time

Stu­dents in a graduate-​​level cap­stone course cre­ated case studies of talent reten­tion and job cre­ation in cities throughout the world.


Faculty Reads, Volume Seven

In the sev­enth edi­tion of recent fac­ulty books, we high­light works about the role of African-​​American music in Amer­ican cul­tural his­tory, the Bib­lical ori­gins of Jewish sexual iden­ti­ties and the char­ac­ter­is­tics of suc­cessful leaders in the public sector.

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Assessing the 2012 presidential election

Scholars met last week to dis­cuss the state of the 2012 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which is already in full swing with the first GOP pri­maries only two months away.

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

At teach-​​in, America’s future is front and center

North­eastern fac­ulty, elected offi­cials and com­mu­nity leaders dis­cuss how to solve the nation’s eco­nomic woes and pro­mote social and eco­nomic opportunity.

3Qs: Is President Obama beatable?

With the pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns in full swing ahead of the 2012 elec­tion, we asked Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence Michael Dukakis — a two-​​term gov­ernor of Mass­a­chu­setts and the Demo­c­ratic nom­inee for pres­i­dent in 1988 — for his thoughts on the state of the 2012 pres­i­den­tial campaigns.

Presidential Election 2012 panel

Q&A: Michael Dukakis on Ted Kennedy

In 1962, Edward M. Kennedy won a U.S. Senate seat in Mass­a­chu­setts in his first try at elec­tive office. That same year, a young Har­vard Law grad­uate from Brook­line, Mass., […]

CURP naming to honor work of Professor Dukakis and wife

Northeastern’s Center for Urban and Regional Policy will take the name of Mass­a­chu­setts’ longest-​​​​serving gov­ernor and his wife. The research and policy “think and do tank” will be known as the […]

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How to Get into Politics-and Why: A Reader

(with Paul Simon) Boston, MA: Great Source Education Group, 2000.

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