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March 9, 2021

Young Voters and Political Participation

Join the IOP@FSU for a public talk with Dr. John Holbein of the University of Virginia on young voters and political participation. In 2016, 90% of young Americans reported interest in politics. 80% intended to vote. Yet only 43% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 ended up actually casting a ballot. In this discussion, Dr. Holbein will discuss his research on young voter turnout and highlight how policies such as civic education and electoral reform present possible solutions to low political participation among young adults.

Dr. Holbein is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education at the University of Virginia. He studies political participation, political inequality, democratic accountability, political representation, and education policy. For more background on Dr. John Holbein, visit:

January 28, 2021

Rising to the Challenge of Covering Politics in the Current Political Environment

The Florida State University Institute of Politics Celebrate Civility speaker series presents public affairs and crisis communications specialist Jill Zuckman of SKDK and Kristian Denny Todd, co-founder of Maverick Strategies, discussing how changes in the media and politics have affected the relationships between politicians and the press and how it affects press coverage in the current political climate. Moderated by IOP Research Director Dr. Deana Rohlinger.

Watch this event below.

January 26, 2021

Panel: Congress and Policy Making in the 117th Congress

The IOP@FSU hosted another event in our series on January 26, 2021, this one focused on finding common ground in Congress. We welcomed Representative Neal Dunn (R-FL) and Representative Al Lawson (D-FL) in a discussion on the upcoming 117th Congress and representation. The discussion was moderated by Michelle Whyman (Assistant Professor of Political Science, FSU).

Click below to watch our recorded event.

January 14, 2021

Panel: Presidential Transitions and the Biden Administration

On January 14th, 2021, the IOP@FSU discussed the 2021 presidential inauguration and transition. The discussion on presidential transitions featuring Willie Gaynor (2016 Trump Transition Team & 2000 Bush Transition Team), Jon Carson (2008 Obama Transition Team) and Gary Hollibaugh Jr. (Associate Prof. of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh) moderated by Hans Hassell (IOP Director).

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November 18, 2020

Unraveling the 2020 Election, National, and Florida Perspectives

The IOP hosted Dr. John Sides of Vanderbilt University and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog and Steve Schale, who was the executive director of Unite the Country during the 2020 election cycle, for a live Zoom event on November 18th. Our speakers provided expert insight on the 2020 election results and their impact on politics for 2021 and beyond.