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VIDEO — Lessons Learned from Election Manipulation in Russia & Ukraine

October 29, 2020

Amid reports of bulk ballot collection, fake ballot boxes, voter intimidation and other potential efforts to manipulate or cast doubts on the voting process in the U.S. 2020 election, The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) hosts a conversation with Jessica Pisano, Associate Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research. 

SCEPA Senior Fellow John Irons speaks with New School for Social Research Associate Professor Jessica Pisano about lessons learned from Russian and Ukrainian politics – specifically how these regimes have aimed to manipulate elections – and the relevance for the U.S. 2020 presidential election.

Professor Pisano, author of The Post-Soviet Potemkin Village: Politics and Property Rights in the Black Earth, is an associate at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and a visiting scholar at NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. Her work focuses on politics and property in Eastern Europe, including election legitimacy and voter manipulation. She recently fnished a book about election legitimacy and voter manipulations. Professor Pisano is currently teaching several classes about the region, one of which, "Russia and America," examines relationships between the two countries and struggles their populations share. Her series of articles on American impeachment and Ukrainian and Russian politics appeared in the Washington Post.

Watch Professor Pisano's discussion with Dr. John Irons below.