Past Events

May 14, 2014

In the 2000 U.S. census, respondents were allowed to self-identify with more than one race for the first time. Today, the intermarriage rate is at an all-time high and multiple-race identifiers are one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in the country. Increases in race-mixing have raised important questions about minority group solidarity in American politics. Yet, due to challenges in studying the mixed-race population, we know little about the political opinions of multiple-race identifiers and from where those opinions emerge. Drawing on in-depth interviews and national survey data of over 37,000 multiracial respondents, this research provides insight into how mixed-race Americans develop their racial and political identities.

May 12, 2014
Throughout history, political alliances have been formed through marriage. We explore this phenomenon in Africa, where we offer a systematic investigation into the political implications of cross-ethnic marriages. We combine new data on the ethnic identity of leaders’ spouses with Afrobarometer data to investigate the nature of cross-ethnic marriage across 18 sub-Saharan African countries. We find that cross-ethnic marriages occur  frequently, about two-thirds of Afrobarometer countries in Rounds 3 and 4. Furthermore, spouse coethnics relative to those who share no ethnicity with either leader or spouse–are less supportive of their leader.
May 9, 2014

Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution—themes addressed recently in articles including: “The Supreme Court, 2012 Term.
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May 5, 2014

Does combat experience foster hardliner approaches to conflict, diminishing the likelihood of reconciliation? We exploit the assignment of health rankings determining combat eligibility in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to examine the eft ect of combat exposure on support for peaceful resolution of conflict. Given the centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to global aft airs, and with no resolution to the conflict currently in sight, the question of the political consequences of combat becomes all the more pressing. We fi nd that exposure to combat hardens attitudes towards the rival and reduces support for negotiation and compromise.

April 30, 2014

How do race and gender simultaneously a ect voters' views of candidates? Does gender matter in an environment of racialized politics? Existing research has largely treated race and gender as independent identities, and generally ignored their interaction. Using an innovative survey experiment, this paper tests how race and gender together a ffect White individuals' campaign contributions to congressional candidates, and how gender matters when race is made salient. The results support the double bind theory, whereby Black women are particularly disadvantaged.

April 28, 2014

Are institutions under autocracy concessions or tools of control? With evidence from Kenya under one party rule (1969-1983), this paper investigates the conditions under which autocratic institutions serve as concessions to fellow elites and when they are used by autocrats as mere tools of control. It exploits leadership turnover in Kenya in 1978 occasioned by the death of the sitting autocratic president, and the fact that Kenyan presidents were constitutionally mandated to appoint sitting Members of Parliament to the Cabinet. Analysis of legislative election results shows that quasi-independent institutions populated by elites with independent power bases are more likely to emerge under strong and politically secure autocrats than under weak autocrats.

April 25, 2014






Sophia Reibetanz Moreau, J.D. (Toronto) 2002; Ph.D. (Harvard) 2000; B.Phil. (Oxford) 1996; B.A. (Toronto) 1994 is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law.  She is cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy.

Professor Moreau served as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002-2003.  She has also been a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, where she wrote a doctoral dissertation in the Department of Philosophy on practical deliberation, the nature of autonomy and the significance of character; and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she completed a B.Phil. in legal and political philosophy.