February 8, 2019,

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The speaker for the 2019 YHP Luncheon will be Christopher Achen.  He is a professor in the Politics Department at Princeton University and holds the Roger Williams Straus Chair of Social Sciences. His primary research interests are public opinion, elections, and the realities of democratic politics, along with the statistical challenges that arise from those fields.

Achen himself earned his bachelor’s degree at Berkeley before getting his Ph.D. from Yale University. He taught at Yale, Berkeley, the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan before joining the Princeton faculty in 2004.

Princeton politics professor Christopher Achen is co-author, along with Larry Bartels of Vanderbilt University, of “Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government,” a book published in April by Princeton University Press that challenges popular conceptions of how American democracy works and lays the groundwork for a new approach.

Please join fellow Yale Harvard and Princeton alums for what should be a very stimulating presentation.