Ash Features

President Joe Biden gives a speech on voting rights

The future of the filibuster and voting rights in Congress

January 13, 2022
With landmark voting rights legislation stalled in Congress, calls for eliminating or modifying the filibuster have increased as some states work to tighten restrictions on voting ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Our Top Research in 2021

Our Top Research in 2021

December 16, 2021
Throughout the year, the Ash Center works with experts from around the world to publish research and writing on the day's most pressing issues. Touching on topics as varied as relief funding for tribal nations, intelligent infrastructure, and the role of local election officials, the work of our scholars has an important impact on the field of public policy. 
Speeding Up Social Assistance in South Bend

Speeding Up Social Assistance in South Bend

December 8, 2021

South Bend, Indiana CIO Denise Linn Riedl MPP '15 knows you can’t always code your way into a solution. With help from Juliahna Green MPP '22, Riedl is expediting aid to residents in need by balancing people and process. 

The Responsibility of Intellectuals to a Changing City

The Responsibility of Intellectuals to a Changing City

December 8, 2021

George R. Greenidge. Jr. HGSE ‘96, Ash Center Democracy Visiting Fellow, doesn’t draw a line between scholarship and community advocacy, using both to combat gentrification and racial injustice.

Three Chinese flags fly above a building

The End of Party Rejuvenation? Jérôme Doyon Explores

December 8, 2021

The Chinese Communist Party's recruitment trends show that it is attracting fewer young people, but state employment continues to entice young Chinese, says China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow Jérôme Doyon. 

From Words to Antiracist Action and Accountability

From Words to Antiracist Action and Accountability

December 8, 2021

LaChaun Banks, Ash Center Director for Equity and Inclusion, sat down with Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project, housed at the Ash Center, to discuss leading organizations to antiracist change and accountability.

Dennis Kwok and his fellow lawmakers stand outside the entrance of the Legislative Council chamber on the day they were disqualified from their lawmaker roles by the National People's Congress.

Hong Kong as the Canary in the Coal Mine

December 8, 2021

Ash Fellow and Former Hong Kong Legislator Dennis Kwok shares why he believes China’s crackdown on political rights in the special administrative region is a warning to the international community.

Will Redistricting Reforms Stave off Partisan Gerrymandering?

Will Redistricting Reforms Stave off Partisan Gerrymandering?

November 19, 2021

Benjamin Schneer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at HKS and a faculty affiliate of the Ash Center, discusses trends in the redistricting process, the role that non-partisan redistricting commissions are likely to play over the coming year, and how partisan gerrymandering might tip the balance of power in Washington, D.C., and state capitals nationwide.

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts Uniquely Positioned to Adopt Universal Voting Argues Miles Rapoport

November 12, 2021
One solution to reversing anemic voter turnout numbers in Massachusetts and across the country is universal civic duty voting. To learn more about universal voting, we spoke with Ash Center senior practice fellow Miles Rapoport, who recently testified before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Election Laws.
Igiugig as seen by a drone

Story of Igiugig

November 12, 2021
Patrick Lynch MC/MPA '19 partnered with Indigenous filmmakers to tell the story of native sovereignty in Alaska. 
How Using Technology to Make Infrastructure “Intelligent” is Key for a More Equitable, Sustainable Future

How Using Technology to Make Infrastructure “Intelligent” is Key for a More Equitable, Sustainable Future

August 31, 2021

As Congress continues to debate the size and scope of President Biden’s signature infrastructure proposal, Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul Professor of Urban Policy at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation argues... Read more about How Using Technology to Make Infrastructure “Intelligent” is Key for a More Equitable, Sustainable Future

David Dapice on boosting US economic competitiveness with China

David Dapice on boosting US economic competitiveness with China

June 10, 2021
As policymakers in Washington debate legislation intended to bolster the U.S.’s competitive standing against China, we sat down with David Dapice, Ash Senior Economist and recent author of an Ash Center Policy Brief Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Immigration Are Needed for the Middle Class to discuss his thoughts on how Washington can bridge the competitiveness gap.... Read more about David Dapice on boosting US economic competitiveness with China
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