New ASU assistant professor studies democracy


August 15, 2022

This fall, Anna Meyerrose joins Arizona State University as a new assistant professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies.

“The School of Politics and Global Studies seems to be growing quickly and bringing in a number of leading scholars in their respective fields,” Meyerrose said. “I look forward to learning from and collaborating with these new colleagues over the coming years.” Portrait of Anna Meyerrose, ASU assistant professor. Anna Meyerrose Download Full Image

Meyerrose comes to ASU from Princeton, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in political science from The Ohio State University.

Her research focuses on the ways in which international organizations and other aspects of globalization both condition and also create challenges for domestic democratic institutions.

"Dr. Meyerrose is a first-rate scholar, who is engaging what is perhaps the most important question of our time. We are thrilled to have her join the School of Politics and Global Studies," said Magda Hinojosa, ASU professor and director of the school. 

This fall, Meyerrose will be teaching political science courses on European Democracies and World Politics. She spoke with ASU News about why she came to ASU and what she hopes to accomplish while at the university.

Question: What is the focus for your area of research and why did you choose that field?

Answer: My research is centered on how domestic democratic institutions both influence and are shaped by international factors such as international organizations, trade and economic globalization more broadly. A lot of my research to date has centered on contemporary cases of democratic backsliding. Initially, my focus was on international drivers of domestic backsliding, and more recently I have begun to explore how these backsliding states work together within historically Western liberal international fora, such as the U.N., to advance their (illiberal) interests. As a scholar of European politics, I first became interested in this topic with the onset of cases of backsliding within the European Union, an international organization that existing research suggested should be particularly well-equipped to promote and protect democracy within its borders.

Q: Why did you decide to join ASU?

A: ASU’s efforts to foster interdisciplinary research make the university a particularly exciting fit for me. My research inherently spans multiple subfields within political science, and therefore I am excited to be part of a school and university that encourages work beyond the traditional boundaries that still dominate many other academic institutions.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as you work at the university?

A: In addition to continuing my current research agenda, most specifically in the form of further developing and completing my project on international drivers of and potential remedies for democratic backsliding, I anticipate that the wide range of regional and substantive expertise represented in (the school) will provide opportunities to start exciting new projects. I am also looking forward to advising both graduate and undergraduate students; if I am able to encourage at least a few students to study the current global democratic recession — and, further, to contribute to ongoing debates to develop potential solutions — I would be thrilled.

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Lecture to address ideological conformity on university campuses, in American society

1st lecture of the 2022–23 Civic Discourse Project to shed light on potential threats to American democracy


August 15, 2022

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University has announced the 2022–23 Civic Discourse Project lecture series.

In its sixth season, the project invites the audience to reflect on the status of open dialogue, dissent and the pursuit of knowledge today in universities and American society. Throughout the series, guest speakers will discuss whether there is room for disagreement and ideological differences in the arts, media, business and the academic environment today.
Civic Discourse Project Banner The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University has announced the 2022–23 Civic Discourse Project lecture series.

In the kick-off lecture on Sept. 12 at 5 p.m., University of London’s Professor Eric Kaufmann will present his research findings about what he calls “cultural socialism” on campus. According to Kaufmann, weak institutional protections for academic freedom and self-censorship impair debate and undermine viewpoint diversity on campus. Registration is now open for in-person attendance, and the recording will be available on SCETL's YouTube channel

“Today, Western societies expose a growing ‘culture war’ between cultural socialism and cultural liberalism,” Kaufmann said. “Cultural liberalism is the belief that individuals and groups should have the freedom to express themselves, should not be compelled to endorse beliefs that they oppose, and should be treated equally by social norms and the law. Cultural socialism, on the other hand, is the idea that public policy should be used to redistribute wealth, power and self-esteem from the privileged groups in society to disadvantaged groups, especially racial and sexual minorities and women.”

Kaufmann argues that this divide is progressively taking over academic settings and social environments. He will be joined by ASU Professor Peter de Marneffe from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, who will raise questions about Kaufmann’s research and conclusions. 

The Civic Discourse Project brings to ASU’s Tempe campus some of the country’s most respected public intellectuals and leaders, co-sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

“On campuses across the country, we see the rise of claims that other points of view should not be allowed because they are immoral, or they are just wrong,’” said Paul Carrese, founding director of the school. “At (the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership), we are committed to defending free speech and intellectual diversity on campus and in our society. There are some kinds of discourse on university campuses that are not appropriate, but within that set of parameters, there is an enormous amount of thinking and debating that the academic community and students should be engaging with.”

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Professor Eric Kaufmann will speak at ASU's Tempe campus on Sept. 12.

Kaufmann is a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of "Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities" (Penguin, 2018; Abrams, 2019); "Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth" (Profile, 2010); "The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America" (Harvard, 2004); "The Orange Order" (Oxford, 2007); and "Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland since 1945" with H. Patterson (Manchester, 2007). 

He is co-editor, among others, of "Political Demography" (Oxford, 2012) and "Whither the Child: Causes and consequences of low fertility" (Paradigm, 2012), and editor of "Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities" (Routledge, 2004).

An editor of the journal Nations and Nationalism, he has written for New York Times, Times of London, Financial Times, Newsweek International, Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.