Start Making Sense: A Reed Perspective on the 2020 Election

Historians, professors, and political pundits are calling the 2020 presidential election the most consequential in generations. A polarized electorate seeks accurate information in a sea of disinformation, spin, and political theater. Go beyond the headlines with experts during a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. PT. The panelists draw on a wide range of expertise, including economics, voting, public policy, and political theory. We invite you to submit your questions in advance.


Live transcription service in Zoom will be provided. 

Note: An earlier version of this event listing had Mingus Mapps ’90 as moderator. Mapps is no longer available to moderate. Professor Kim Clausing will moderate the discussion.


Kimberly Clausing, Thormund Miller and Walter Mintz Professor of Economics at Reed College, teaches international trade, international finance, and public finance. She is the author of Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital. Clausing has received two Fulbright research awards as well as grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the International Centre for Tax and Development, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. She has testified before both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Committee on Finance. More…


Congresswoman Suzan DelBene ’83 represents Washington’s First Congressional District. Prior to serving in her public role, Congresswoman DelBene spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business. With hard work and financial aid, such as student loans and work-study, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College.  
Paul Gronke, professor of political science and director of the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College, studies American politics and specializes in convenience and early voting, election administration, public opinion, and elections. In 2005, Gronke established the Early Voting Information Center, which searches for common sense, non-partisan solutions to identified problems in election administration. For the past decade, Gronke has worked to improve access to and ensure integrity in the American elections system, helping to guarantee that every eligible citizen in the United States can participate in our democratic system. More…
Chris Koski, associate professor of political science and environmental studies at Reed College, came to Reed from James Madison University, where he was an assistant professor. His research interests include many aspects of the policy process, with a particular theoretical focus on policy design and implementation. Substantively, Koski has focused on environmental policy, homeland security policy, and the politics of state budgeting. More…

Disclaimer: Reed College does not support or oppose any candidates or political party. Holding this event does not constitute agreement or endorsement on behalf of the college of any candidacy, views, or opinions expressed by any of the panelists or participants. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Cindy Anderson

Cindy Anderson left a positive review 10/26/2020

I so appreciated the reflections of our 3 faculty prior to election day and even more in the days that followed.

Pat Heneghan

Pat Heneghan left a positive review 10/26/2020

I was only on the presentation for 30 minutes due to a work event. I learned a lot from the time I was able to see & wonder if it's possible to see the recording?

Gaynor Hills

Gaynor Hills left a positive review 10/26/2020

Great conversation among panelist. Concrete example of why it is so difficult to rig the election and interesting perspective on what to expect Tuesday.

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