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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Rebuilding U.S. Democracy Together,” featuring Hahrie Han, director of Johns Hopkins SNF Agora Institute, on Oct. 26


Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen will host “Rebuilding U.S. Democracy Together,” a virtual discussion featuring Hahrie Han, inaugural director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series on October 26. Han, who also serves as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Political Science and faculty director of the P3 Research Lab at the university, specializes in the study of civic and political participation, social movements, collective action, and organizing, particularly as it pertains to democratic revitalization.
Han and Cohen will discuss the fundamental questions facing this nation’s political parties leading up to the 2020 elections. This conversation, moderated by Henry Farrell, SNF Agora Institute Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, will also focus on the importance of bridging present divides in the U.S and working to rebuild democracy following the elections.


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Hahrie Han 
Director, SNF Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Director, P3 Research Lab, Johns Hopkins University


Henry Farrell
SNF Agora Institute Professor of International Affairs, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. EDT
Monday, Oct. 26, 2020


This virtual event is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620

About the Speakers

Hahrie Han is the Inaugural Director of the SNF Agora Institute, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Political Science, and Faculty Director of the P3 Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in the study of organizing, movements, civic engagement, and democracy. Her newest book, Prisms of the People: Power and Organizing in 21st Century America, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in January 2021. She has previously published three books: How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century; Groundbreakers: How Obama's 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America; and Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics. Her award-winning work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and numerous other outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post.
Henry Farrell is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, 2019 winner of the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology, and Editor in Chief of the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post. Previously, he served as a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. He works on a variety of topics, including democracy, the politics of the internet, and international and comparative political economy. He authored the book The Political Economy of Trust: Interests, Institutions and Inter-Firm Cooperation and co-authored Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Fight over Freedom and Security.

Dean’s Speaker Series

The Dean’s Speaker Series is the highest profile speaker series at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The series will host a diverse array of prominent international affairs practitioners and business leaders for insightful perspectives and thought-provoking discussions on international relations, leadership and other relevant topics that impact our focus areas. This fall will feature distinguished experts around themes such as American Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election, International Order after Coronavirus, Targets of Opportunity in the Global Arena, and Race Relations, Civic Engagement and Global Social Movements. All events require pre-registration and are free and open to the public.

Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For more than 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 
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