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  • Himmelreich named to Syracuse Surveillance Technology Work Group

    Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and researcher with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, is one of five community members named to the Surveillance Technology Work Group that Syracuse Mayor Walsh says will ensure “surveillance tools are implemented in a safe and well-governed way.”

     

    Gadarian discusses the polarization of the pandemic with Governing

    There has always been resistance to vaccines, but prior to the pandemic, it fell roughly evenly across political parties. From the very start of the pandemic, people’s willingness to change their behavior—for instance, by washing their hands more or staying home—has been determined more by partisanship than any other factor, including age, race or geography, according to Shana Kushner Gadarian, professor and chair of political science. She discusses the issue in the Governing article, "Partisanship = Death: How Vaccines Became a Polarizing Issue."

     

    Thompson quoted in Times Union article on religious vaccine exemptions

    Debate over religious exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine is complicated, with employers having to determine if the objections are legitimate religious beliefs. Whether the religious belief is "sincerely held" is a primary metric used by employers when determining whether to grant the requests, says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science. "The question is whether people are consistent," Thompson says. Read more in the Albany Times Union article, "How does religious exemption to vaccine work?"

     

    Reeher quoted in The Hill article on Biden's challenge with Democrats

    President Biden is stuck in the middle of a heated Democratic fight, threading a needle between progressives who want expansive social spending and more conservative Democrats who are skeptical of that effort and prefer to focus on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. "He has got an enormous challenge, because somehow he has to balance all that," says Professor Grant Reeher. Read more in The Hill article, "The Memo: Biden stuck in middle of tricky Democratic fight."

     
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