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Understanding the Strange World of Political Advocacy

Thursday, May 18, 2017
  12:30–2 p.m.

Location: Humanities Building 1500
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Category: Seminar


Academic scholars often conduct research with the goal of informing both national and local policies. Despite the seemingly clear applications of scientific research to practice, there is often a disconnect between what researchers recommend and what information policymakers ultimately use. In essence, academic researchers often believe that despite the strength of the research, politicians refuse to embrace the findings. Senator Joseph Dunn will provide expertise from the perspective of a politician who has witnessed academic researchers present their research to Congress and State Legislatures. Specifically, he will discuss why politicians and policymakers don’t always seem to make policy decisions based on the merits of the scientific research and will offer recommendations as to how academic researchers can more effectively influence policy. When the “science of politics” is embraced by academic researchers, the results of their research will be enthusiastically embraced by the politicians.

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies

Contact Information:
Presley Center
(951) 827-4604
Donita McCants-Carter