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Reimagining Democracy Program

Reimagining our political institutions to meet the democratic challenges of today.

To confront the growing challenges to democracy around the world, it’s time for new ideas.

Democracy requires deep and structural changes to survive and grow. The Ash Center’s Reimagining Democracy Program provides scholars and those on the frontlines of our democracy with a space for generating ambitious ideas and practices to make democracy more resilient, responsive, and inclusive.

Meet the Team


Archon Fung
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Archon Fung

Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation;
Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government

Tova Wang
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Tova Wang

Senior Researcher in Democratic Practice

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Elections and Voting Summer Reading List
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Elections and Voting Summer Reading List

A collection of must-reads curated by Ash Center’s Tova Wang showcases new ideas and efforts to build a more inclusive democracy in the US.

Warding off new attempts to steal an election
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Warding off new attempts to steal an election

At the Ash Center, Lawrence Lessig, Matthew Seligman, and Ian Bassin discuss the looming threats to our next presidential election.

Book Talk: How to Steal A Presidential Election

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Book Talk: How to Steal A Presidential Election

On April 30, the Ash Center hosted a book talk with Lawrence Lessig and Matt Seligman, authors of How to Steal a Presidential Election (Yale, 2024). The discussion was moderated by Ian Bassin, co-founder and Executive Director of Protect Democracy.

Moving beyond the Electoral College
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Moving beyond the Electoral College

At an Ash Center symposium on Electoral College reform, Congressman Jamie Raskin makes the case that the US should finally move to a direct popular vote for selecting presidential winners.

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The Electoral College: What’s to be Done
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The Electoral College: What’s to be Done

During an opening panel at an Ash Center symposium on the future of the Electoral College, scholars examined the history behind how the US adopted its peculiar centuries-old system of choosing presidential election winners – and what should be done to reform or even abolish the practice today.

Symposium — The Electoral College: What’s to be Done

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Symposium — The Electoral College: What’s to be Done

The Electoral College is viewed as a democratic anachronism in modern day America, yet it has persisted for over two centuries despite repeated attempts to reform or abolish the institution. To understand why the Electoral College has largely remained impervious to change, the Ash Center convened a symposium of scholars, policymakers, advocates, and democratic practitioners to better understand prospects for reform and alternatives to this archaic system for formally electing the president of the United States. Below, we invite you to explore resources from this April 2024 convening held at Harvard Kennedy School.

The Future of the Electoral College: A Conversation with Congressman Jamie Raskin
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The Future of the Electoral College: A Conversation with Congressman Jamie Raskin

Harvard-ID holders were invited to join the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Institute of Politics for a conversation with Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) about the future of the Electoral College.

What role can sports teams play in 2024 voter turnout?

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What role can sports teams play in 2024 voter turnout?

Ash Center Senior Researcher Tova Wang and NFL Network analyst Scott Pioli answer questions about how sports teams can foster civic engagement.

The Double-Edged Sword of Algorithmic Governance: Transparency at Stake

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The Double-Edged Sword of Algorithmic Governance: Transparency at Stake

This essay was adopted from a presentation given by Niclas Boehmer at the Second Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reimagining Democracy held on the campus of Harvard Kennedy School in December 2023.

Can We Talk? An Argument for More Dialogues in Academia
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Can We Talk? An Argument for More Dialogues in Academia

This essay was adopted from a presentation given by Manon Revel at the Second Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reimagining Democracy held on the campus of Harvard Kennedy School in December 2023.