Ash Features

Climate change a multiplier for racial inequities warns panel

Climate change a multiplier for racial inequities warns panel

April 7, 2022

On Monday, April 4th, at Harvard Kennedy School, the Institute of Politics and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development convened an expert panel to highlight the link between racial justice and climate justice.

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Reimagining Workforce Development in the Age of COVID

March 11, 2022

As local governments around the country continue to grapple with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, recently released a new book along with Kate Markin Coleman.

How Democracy Drives the Resistance in Ukraine

How Democracy Drives the Resistance in Ukraine

March 3, 2022

Analysis by Harvard Kennedy School's Pippa Norris and co-author Kseniya Kizilova shows nationalism and desire to protect democratic freedoms motivate Ukrainian citizens to resist Russia's invasion.

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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.

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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.

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