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The Dona and Carol Hamilton Distinguished Lecture Series was established by Charles Hamilton, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, as an annual event hosted by the Department of Political Science to honor the life and work of his late wife, Dona, and daughter, Carol. The Lectures present distinguished speakers to address compelling topics on justice and fairness in our contemporary world.

Jeh Johnson will present the 2021 Dona and Carol Hamilton Distinguished Lecture Thursday, October 14, from 12:00 to 1:300 p.m. EST via Zoom.

The Dona and Carol Hamilton Distinguished Lecture Series was established by Charles Hamilton, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, as an annual event hosted by the Department of Political Science to honor the life and work of his late wife, Dona, and daughter, Carol. The Lectures present distinguished speakers to address compelling topics on justice and fairness in our contemporary world.

Keynote Speaker
Jeh Johnson is a partner in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, the former Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2017), and former General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012). Earlier in his career, Johnson was General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force (1998-2001) and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (1989-1991). Johnson is the 2018 recipient of the Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award, presented at the Reagan Presidential Library, for “contribut[ing] greatly to the defense of our nation,” and “guiding us through turbulent times with courage and wisdom.” In private life, in addition to practicing law, Johnson is now on the board of directors of Lockheed Martin, U.S. Steel, the Council on Foreign Relations, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Center for a New American Security, and is a trustee of Columbia University.

Panelists
Richard Briffault
is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. His research, writing, and teaching focus on state and local government law; the news media often turn to him for analysis of issues central to democracy and the political process such as campaign finance reform, government ethics, gerrymandering, and fair elections. Briffault has written more than 75 law review and journal articles as well as books and monographs, including Dollars and Democracy: A Blueprint for Campaign Finance Reform and the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th editions of the casebook State and Local Government Law.

Ester R. Fuchs is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science and Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served as Special Advisor to the Mayor for Governance and Strategic Planning under New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2001 to 2005. Professor Fuchs serves as Director of WhosOnTheBallot.org, an online voter engagement initiative for New York City.

Co-moderators
Wilmot James
 is Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), Columbia University. As a former Member of Parliament in South Africa and spokesman on health, Dr. James developed an enduring interest in global health security policy formulation. He also serves as a senior biosecurity consultant to the Washington, DC-based Nuclear Threat Initiative. He was recently appointed to the G7 Global Partnership’s Africa Signature Initiative on Biosecurity.

Robert Y. Shapiro is the Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is also President of The Academy of Political Science and Editor of Political Science Quarterly.

This event is sponsored by Columbia University’s Department of Political Science in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Global Centers, and The Academy of Political Science.


 

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Faculty members gathered in Riverside Park in September 2021 to welcome Professors Naoki Egami and Junyan Jiang to the department. Professor Egami specializes in political methodology and develops statistical methods for questions in political science and the social sciences. Professor Jiang's research encompasses a range of topics including political leadership, distributive politics, and public opinion. Both are teaching courses in the Fall 2021 semester.