The NYU Brademas Center and La Pietra Dialogues hosted discussions on the Presidential election from NYU New York and NYU Washington, DC with journalists and political experts. This global conversation allowed students and faculty to interact with those covering and contributing to the political discourse and process in the United States.
Betsy Fischer Martin is an emmy-winning journalist, TV executive and President of Fischer Martin Media. Currently, she is the Contributing Editor for Washington for MORE Magazine, an Executive in Residence at American University's School of Public Affairs, and the co-host of Bloomberg Politics' MASTERS IN POLITICS Podcast.
Most recently she was the Senior Executive Producer and Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming, where she was responsible for the development and execution of political coverage. She provided editorial direction across all of the network’s shows and digital teams, as well as long-range political coverage. Additionally, she created and executed coverage strategy for NBC News polls and research data.
Before being promoted to the executive role at NBC News in 2013, Fischer Martin was at the helm of the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest running television program in the world, “Meet the Press,” for 11 years. During this time, she oversaw all editorial content, guest-selection, strategic planning, production, marketing, special online programming, and financial decision-making for the program.
In her long tenure as Executive Producer, she produced in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, including U.S. presidents, cabinet officials, heads of state and presidential candidates.
Additionally, she served as Tom Brokaw’s producer for NBC News’ coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election, including party conventions, debates, and election night. In this capacity she also was Brokaw’s producer when he moderated one of the three general election debates between Obama and McCain.
Fischer Martin worked closely for 17 years with the late Tim Russert producing his headline making interviews for “Meet the Press” and also serving as his producer for NBC’s coverage of special events and four presidential elections, including the historic 2000 presidential election night and subsequent recount.
Michael Hirsh is the national editor for Politico. He is the former foreign editor and chief diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek. He was a member of JournoList. He is a lecturer and has appeared numerous times as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and is a frequent guest of The Young Turks, a streaming internet political talk show. In addition to Newsweek, he has also written for Foreign Affairs, Harper's, and Washington Monthly. Hirsh was co-winner of the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 for "prescience in identifying the al Qaeda threat half a year before the September 11 attacks" and for Newsweek's coverage of the war on terror, which also won a National Magazine Award. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, is a columnist syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services and a member of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board. Page is also a regular contributor of essays to The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and has been a regular on The McLaughlin Group, NBC's The Chris Matthews Show, ABC's Nightline and BET's Lead Story news panel programs.
Page's awards include a 1980 Illinois UPI awards for community service for an investigative series titled "The Black Tax" and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting in 1976. He also received lifetime achievement awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Chicago Headline Club and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 1992, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.
Page was a reporter, producer and community affairs director at WBBM-TV from 1980 to 1984. Before that he was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune, during which he participated in a 1972 Task Force series on vote fraud which also won a Pulitzer Prize.
His book Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity was published in 1996 by Harper Collins.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, he grew up in Middletown. He began his journalism career as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer at the age of 17. He graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor of science in journalism in 1969. He also has received honorary degrees from Columbia College in Chicago, Lake Forest College, the Chicago Theological Seminary and the John Marshall School of Law, among others.
Page is married, has one son, and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Patrick J. Egan specializes in public opinion, political institutions and their relationship in American politics. He is author of Partisan Priorities: How Issue Ownership Drives and Distorts American Politics (Cambridge, 2013) and co-editor of Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy (Oxford, 2008). In 2012, he received the NYU Golden Dozen Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to learning in the classroom. Before entering academia, he served as an Assistant Deputy Mayor of Policy and Planning in the office of Philadelphia Mayor Edward Rendell. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.
As the Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity, Charlton McIlwain designs and manages strategic initiatives to recruit and support faculty to maximize career productivity. As part of the Office of Faculty Affairs, and reporting to the Vice Dean of Research and Faculty Affairs, Dean McIlwain works directly with faculty to assist them in making successful progress towards tenure and/or promotion. He oversees funding mechanisms within Steinhardt, and connects faculty to other areas of the university that provide the resources faculty need to do cutting edge research and innovative teaching and to become leaders in their respective disciplines, in Steinhardt, at the university and beyond.
Dean McIlwain serves as the liaison between Steinhardt’s Faculty Council and the Dean’s Office on issues of governance and faculty leadership development. He also represents the Dean on the Provost’s Diversity Council, working with leaders from other schools to advise the university’s administration on faculty diversity matters, and implementing the university's strategic diversity resources to further support Steinhardt's commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity.
Dean McIlwain is an Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication whose current research focuses on digital media, Internet social networks, and racial justice movements. He holds a B.S. in Family Psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master’s of Human Relations (M.H.R.), and a Ph.D. in Communication, both from the University of Oklahoma.
Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, an affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and an affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University. He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia. He is one of the co-founders and co-Directors of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory, and the Director of SMaPP-Global, an international collection of scholars working on the study of social media and politics funded by the NYU Global Institute of Advanced Study.
Professor Tucker specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on mass political behavior in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including elections and voting, the development of partisan attachment, public opinion formation, and mass protest, as well as the use of social media in facilitating all forms of political participation. He is the author of Regional Economic Voting: Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, 1990-99 (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and co-author of the forthcoming Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes (Princeton University Press, 2017). His work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Political Science and Research Methods, PLOS One, Psychological Science, Social Media and Society, and the Annual Review of Political Science.
Through his work at the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) lab, Professor Tucker has been at the forefront of efforts to explore the effects of social media on political participation and politics, as well as developing methods for utilizing social media data to study politics in new ways. Among other topics examined in SMaPP lab publications and working papers are assessments of the degree of political polarization in online discourse in the United States, the use of social media in the Gezi Park protests in Turkey and the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, the extent to which violent events in the Middle East impact the use of anti-Shia language on Twitter, strategies for responding to online opposition and digital forensic tools for identifying “bots”, the impact of network structure on participation in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris, France, and the effect of social media exposure on political knowledge (or the lack thereof) during the 2015 British parliamentary election campaign. The SMaPP lab has also created original python code (SMaPP Toolkit and SMaPPpy), which are both available on the Github and through the SMaPP webpage.
In 2006, Professor Tucker was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award for the top scholar in the field of Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior within 10 years of the doctorate. In 2012 he was part of an interdisciplinary four-person team of NYU faculty to win one the National Science Foundation’s inaugural INSPIRE- CREATIV grants. In the past 5 years, he has been part of teams awarded over $2 million in grant funding.
Professor Tucker serves on the Editorial Board of multiple academic journals, as well the Advisory Board of the American National Election Study, and was a founding co-editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain and Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. An internationally recognized scholar, he has served as keynote speaker for conferences in Sweden, Denmark, and Italy, and given over 100 invited research presentations at top universities and research centers in the United States and Europe over the past 10 years.
Professor Tucker is also one of the co-authors of The Monkey Cage, a political science and policy blog published at The Washington Post. The goal of the blog is to share what political science research has to offer for our understanding of important political developments and policy debates. The Monkey Cage was awarded the 2010 Blog of the Year award by The Week Magazine, becoming the first academic blog to receive this honor. In addition, Time Magazine named The Monkey Cage a Top 25 Blog of 2012, and the blog also received the Online Achievement in International Studies “Best Group Blog” award in 2015 and 2016. His opinions have also been published in the International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Al Jazeera English.
Jeanne Zaino is the Carol S. Russett Award winning Professor of Political Science and International Studies in the School of Arts and Science at Iona College. She is regarded as an expert on electoral politics and her ideas have been widely used in governments, industries and organizations throughout the world. As a member of the Political Science faculty at Iona College, Professor Zaino teaches courses in American government, voting, elections, public opinion, political parties, presidency, congress, the courts, civil liberties, constitutional law, and research methods. During her tenure at Iona College she has served as Chair of the Political Science Department, Director of the Honors Program, and Interim Dean of the School of Arts & Science. Professor Zaino's research spans electoral litigation and the pedagogical benefits of metaphors. Her work has been published in journals as varied as Campaigns and Elections, Journal of Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, Dispute Resolution Journal, Education Week, Journal of Pastoral Counseling, and The Chronicles of Higher Education. Jeanne is the best-selling author of Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS, and Core Concepts in American Government. Professor Zaino is a frequent contributor on MSNBC, Headline News, Al Jazeera English, BBC, The O'Reilly Factor, CBS Early Morning, Road to City Hall/NY1, Fox News, First, TV 2 Norway, NTV Russia, WCBS NY, WNBC NY, WPIX Channel 11, Good Day New York, Richard French Live, Vietnam Cable TV, Taiwan TV, RT, The Couch, News12, Good Day Street Talk, & Fox's Online.com WVOX, RNN, AM 570. Her latest thinking is published in USA Today, The Washington Post, Varney & Co., Newsday, Huffington Post, The Albany Times Union, Fox News, The New Jersey Star Ledger, and the Journal News. She has also been quoted in publications as varied as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times, Real Clear Politics, New York Daily News, New York Post, Journal News, Wall Street Journal, Politico, International Business Times, and CBS News Interactive. She has done a good deal of radio, including National Public Radio’s Marketplace and All Things Considered, the Curtis Sliwa Show, and the Rita Cosby Show. Professor Zaino received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, from University of Connecticut where she studied as a University Scholar in 1992, and a two-time Master of Arts in Political Science, and Public Policy & Survey Research from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993 and 1997. She was awarded her Doctorate in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2004, specializing in American National Government, Public Law, and Political Theory. She became a faculty member at Iona College in 2002, was tenured six years later, and received a full professorship in 2011.