Columbia University's faculty and researchers do academic work on current issues related to the 2020 elections. This site will highlight some of that work and offer a way for journalists to search for Columbia University experts for their reporting.


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Healing the Red-Blue Divide

Peter T. Coleman, an expert on conflict resolution, offers a new perspective on the ideological tensions that he says are tearing the US apart.

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Political Polarization: Often Not as Bad as We Think

A new study from Mailman School of Public researchers reveals that people often exaggerate political differences and negative feelings of those on the opposite side of the political divide.

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How to Combat Russian Disinformation in the U.S. Presidential Election

Thomas Kent thinks we should focus on ads and news coverage about what each candidate would do if elected.


“If you believe in freedom of speech and open debate, and you believe in a democratic system of self-government, you have to have a vote. You have to have some way in which to manifest the public will.”

—Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University and co-chair, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Voting


On Voting During a Pandemic

Voting rights expert Myrna Pérez (Columbia Law ’03) says voters need “lots of options” to make sure everyone can cast a ballot safely, in person or otherwise.

An Election Fraught Like No Other

Michael Waldman (CC '82), a constitutional lawyer, discusses voting rights with Columbia College Today.