Polarized politics

Pizza and Politics

How do citizens’ emotions affect the ways they engage with news and politics, and what role does listening – and the desire to be heard – play in their willingness to participate in the political process? Understanding these issues seems especially important in this polarized era, and research by two Department of Political Science faculty […]

Facilitating tough conversations

The Argument

In a year that began with a pandemic and will end with a presidential election, there has rarely been a greater period of – or opportunity for – political divisiveness in the modern age.  Marcus Mann, assistant professor of sociology, refers to the country’s present condition as “the golden age of political polarization,” abetted in […]

Creating new languages

Daenerys Targaryen

When Daenerys Targaryen speaks Valyrian or Dothraki on “Game of Thrones,” she might be a made-up character in a fantasy world, but she’s speaking languages that are very real. Such created languages are both fictional and functional, following a longstanding trend in the entertainment industry where linguists develop actual languages that add authenticity to the […]