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What led to the U.S. Capitol insurrection: Vanderbilt political scientists examine social, psychological, legal foundations of Jan. 6 riot


A panel of Vanderbilt Department of Political Science faculty explored the factors that led to the Jan. 6 riot in a virtual event, “Dissent, Disorder and Democracy: What Led to the U.S. Capitol Insurrection.” Hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy , the panel also engaged with the event’s serious implications for the strength of the nation’s democracy.

“As shocking as the Jan. 6 riot was, we had long known of the underlying hostilities brewing within pockets of our society,” said Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in his opening remarks. “Today’s discussion is intended to illuminate the social, legal and psychological implications that led to that day.”

The panelists for “Dissent, Disorder and Democracy: What Led to the U.S. Capitol Insurrection” were: Larry M. Bartels , May Werthan Shayne Professor of Public Policy and Social Science and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

Cindy Kam , William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science and director of the Research on Individuals, Politics and Society Lab

Edward Rubin , University Professor of Law and Political Science

Alan Wiseman , Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Economy and co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking . Wiseman, […]

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