Stanford Law School Professor Nate Persily was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship earlier this week, for his Cyber Initiative "Campaign of the Future" project:
"Technological advances in voting, communication, and fundraising are changing American campaigns and elections in fundamental ways. Developments in microtargeting, web-based campaign advertisements, and even voting, itself, promise to empower new actors in campaigns and reshape the landscape for political communication. American democracy's move on-line will have profound implications for the future of traditional intermediary institutions, especially political parties, which have served as the primary avenues for individual participation and representation. The project on the Campaign of the Future seeks to bring together the relevant actors in the campaign system to analyze these trends in political communication, mobilization, and voting, and to assess their impact on American democracy. The project will involve conferences of academics and other experts, an edited volume, and a sole-authored book."
The fellows receive $200,000 in research funding and support, and are selected from among 200 nominees. In an interview with SLS, Persily noted that “technology is changing our democracy in fundamental ways, and our traditional models of political institutions, as well as the laws that regulate them, need to be reformed to account for these transformations."
Persily has served as a court-appointed redistricting expert in a number of jurisdictions, including New York, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut and Puerto Rico. He holds a bachelor of arts and a master of arts from Yale University and a master of arts and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating from Stanford Law School (SLS) in 1998, he clerked for Judge David Tate of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. His first academic position was at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he finished his dissertation and learned the technology of redistricting. He joined the faculty of Columbia University Law School in 2006, where he was the founding director of the Center for Law and Politics, and he joined the SLS faculty in June 2013. He was elected to the American Law Institute in October 2013.