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Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy

As a part of the Political Science Department, the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy (CSDD) stimulates research, dialogue, and civic engagement about the relationship between diversity and democratic politics.  We focus on how race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and ability impact equal citizenship in diverse democracies.
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Faculty Publications

Department faculty regularly are published and have contributed to books and scholarly journals.
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From left to right: 2018 Mitchell Scholar Hadley Pfalzgraf and 2018 Marshall Scholars Lars Benson and Lucia Brunel. All three will graduate from Northwestern in June. (Photo by Morgan Searles)

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Students in our department have life-changing experiences. Explore the amazing paths they forge both in and out of the classroom.
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul Visits Northwestern
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd | Muslims Need Not Apply: Disband the International Commission on Religious Freedom
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd | The dialectic of secularism and religionism
Tom Ogorzalek | Yes, Lori Lightfoot’s election as Chicago mayor was historic. But how will she govern?
Elissa Gray '20 (Political Science & Medill) named a 2019 Truman Scholar, the only 2019 Northwestern recipient of this highly competitive, nationwide award

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