Ask A Political Scientist: When governments kill people: Repression, policing, and … peace?
WHAT: Every Thursday, join stand-up comedian and political scientist Andrea Jones-Rooy as she takes on today’s big questions through a political science lens. She’s got new topics, and new guest political scientists and comedians each week, and the floor is always open to questions from you.
It turns out, governments have found a lot of ways to kill and harm people. From genocide to torture to policing, political violence and repression are part of the histories and presents of a lot of countries. Our guest this week is Christian Davenport, Ph.D., who has been studying the causes and consequences of government-led violence around the world for over a decade. His research has taken him to Rwanda, India, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Northern Ireland, and the United States. This week, comedian guest Alvin Kuai and I talk with Christian about his research on government-led violence, his new book on peace and peacemaking, and how all of this can help us think about police and policing in the US.
WHO: Our guests are Christian Davenport, Ph.D. a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and a Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, and NYC-based standup comedian Alvin Kuai. Donations made this week will go to the Town Hall Project.