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Texas A&M Research Cited By Biden Says Online Harassment Of Female Politicians Threatens Democracy
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The capstone research project by Bush School graduate students was recently cited in a White House Presidential Memorandum. Kamala Harris is sworn in as U.S. Vice President on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden this month announced the establishment of the White House Task Force to Address Online Harassment and Abuse, citing Texas A&M University research which asserts that worsening online abuse and harassment of female political figures is a threat to democracy.
The report, “Technological Threats: How Online Harassment of Female Political Figures Undermines Democracy,” was authored by a team of graduate students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, with University Distinguished Professor Valerie Hudson serving as faculty advisor. Hudson holds the George H.W. Bush Chair in the Department of International Affairs and directs the school’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security.
The report is one of many capstone projects undertaken by the Bush School each semester whereby teams of graduate students led by a faculty member conduct research on behalf of a client agency, pro bono. The client for this project was the State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
“While there is a space for women in politics, it is […]