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Politics Forum


The TCNJ Department of Political Science’s Politics Forum presents analytical and/or empirical research concerning political power, institutions and choices.  Students and faculty from diverse departments join to learn and comment on the presenter’s current research projects, which may be in completed or just in beginning phases.  Projects that cross disciplinary boundaries are particularly welcome.  Contact Nicholas Toloudis ( with questions or if you are interested in presenting your work.

Due to covid-19, Politics Forum will be held virtually until further notice.  Zoom registration links are posted below. 

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Fall 2020 Presentations

November 10 at 12:30 pm: “Making Sense of the 2020 Presidential Election” with Dr. Daniel Bowen (Associate Professor of Political Science at TCNJ)

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November 17 at 12:30 pm: Topic TBA with Dr. Jonathan Collins (Assistant Professor of Education, Brown University)

Fall 2020 Presentation Videos


Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? The Incremental Advancement of and Persistent Threats to Voting Rights in The United States with Dr. Tao Dumas, (Assistant Professor of Political Science, TCNJ)

Celebrate Constitution Day with the first Politics Forum of the Fall 2020 semester. Dr. Tao Dumas will present “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? The Incremental Advancement of and Persistent Threats to Voting Rights in The United States” on September 17, 2020 for the TCNJ Politics Forum.


If you missed the presentation, watch here:

Voting Links mentioned in the presentation and Q&A session:
TCNJ Votes:
Register to vote in NJ:
How to vote in NJ:
Volunteer as a poll worker:
Spread the Vote:
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund:

“Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy” with Dr. Domingo Morel (Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark)

Co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department 

Dr. Morel  will discuss his new book, Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy (Oxford University Press), which examines the factors that contribute to state takeovers as well as the effects and political implications of takeovers on racialized communities, the communities most often affected by them.

Dr. Morel is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark. He is also an affiliate member of Global Urban Studies and the Center on Law, Inequality, and Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Newark. His research program and teaching portfolio focus on racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, education politics and public policy. Specifically, his research explores the ways state policies help expand or diminish political inequality among historically marginalized populations.

If you missed the presentation, watch here:

October 30 at 12:30 pm: Can Strategic Silence Inoculate Black Communities from Race-Based Disinformation? with Mutale Nkonde (CEO AI for the People) 

Mutale Nkonde is the founder and CEO of AI For the People, a nonprofit communications firm who mission is to use art and culture to challenge tech neutrality narratives. Nkonde holds fellowships at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University and the Institute of Advanced Study at Notre Dame. She is a member of the TikTok Content Advisory Council, a key constituent 3C UN Roundtable for AI, and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.