Professor brings science to the art of persuasion

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.

The evolution of constitutional federalism

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.

Campus forum analyzes Paris attacks

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.

Understanding Ferguson

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary panel of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors con­vened on Wednesday night to dis­cuss the fac­tors that con­tributed to and arose from the shooting death of an unarmed teenager this summer in Fer­guson, Missouri.

The kingdom stays united

Assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Mai’a K. Davis Cross, an expert in Euro­pean pol­i­tics and policy, says last week’s inde­pen­dence vote in Scot­land could have a sig­nif­i­cant impact on Europe.

Grassroots experiences inspire political dreams

Leah Camp­bell, SSH’14, is finding her own niche in the polit­ical world after grass­roots expe­ri­ences at Oxfam America, the Bar­bara Lee Family Foun­da­tion and the Bar­bara Lee Polit­ical Office.