Julia Azari

Reimagining the Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Impact on the Office

Since Jimmy Carter’s announcements over the last few weeks about his cancer diagnosis, there’s been a bunch of articles about his legacy. Many of these focus on his post-presidential career as a humanitarian. The implicit, and sometimes stated, comparison is with his presidency, which is not considered much of a success. But to characterize Carter’s… Read more »

Not-So-Silent Reading

The use of this image is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Please don’t send me hate mail about it. An op-ed by Brian Grasso, a student at Duke who chose not to read Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home for a summer assignment, has touched off another round of arguments about campus free speech, ideology, censorship,… Read more »

“Equal and Exact Justice”: The Politics of Giving Up Power

President James K. Polk This morning the story broke that Joe Biden is considering running for president – but only for one term. Meanwhile Lawrence Lessig promises to resign the presidency after his “Citizen Equality Act” is signed into law. Neither of these promises is likely to come to fruition; it’s not clear Biden is… Read more »

Thursday Night’s Real Loser? Ronald Reagan

“It took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan.” – Ted Cruz Ok, so the title is a bit of an exaggeration. But it provides a framework for what are, Donald Trump’s antics notwithstanding, some of the biggest questions about Thursday’s debate. These questions include: what is the state of Republican ideology? What kinds of… Read more »

“Laugh About It, Shout About It, When You’ve Got to Choose”: Political Science and Presidential Debates

CNN/Youtube The seventeen Republican presidential candidates are currently competing for the ten available slots in next week’s debate, hosted by Fox News in Cleveland. Some of the attention thus far has been on the formula for determining who gets to participate, and who will be relegated to the 5pm “early” debate for those who don’t… Read more »