Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science


Hartigan Lecture: Youth Participation

Hartigan Lecture: Youth Participation

On November 16, 2020, the Department of Political Science hosted a panel discussion on youth participation in the 2020 election as part of its annual Hartigan Lecture Series. The Department thanks the Hartigan Family for its continued support for thought-provoking conversations like these. You may view a recording of the discussion by clicking this link.


Roberto Carlos received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Before arriving at the University of Georgia, he was the Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania. His interests primarily focus Latinx politics, immigration, representation, political behavior, and socialization.

Demetri L. Morgan is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Morgan studies student activism and political engagement, the cultivation of inclusive campus climates, and politically conscious and engaged STEM education and professional development.

Abby Kiesa is the Deputy Director at CIRCLE, a national research institute that focuses on youth civic learning and engagement, especially among those who have been marginalized in political life. Abby provides leadership for CIRCLE’s election strategies, including several partnerships to support k12 school climates that facilitate equitable voting.

Christina Wolbrecht is professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. She is the co-author, most recently, of A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage. Wolbrecht has authored or co-authored articles on such topics as women as political role models, the representation of women, and partisan positiontaking on education policy.

Kiah Sandler is a first-generation Afro Latina who graduated from DePaul in 2019 with a B.A. in Community Psychology and a minor in African and Black Diaspora Studies. Kiah currently serves as a DemocracyCorps fellow with Chicago Votes and helped to bottom-line their Get Out the Vote Efforts. Kiah facilitated 19 voter outreach phone/text banks that helped Chicago Votes reach thousands of young voters in Chicago.

Moderator Madison Savedra is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Spanish. She serves as the News Editor at The Loyola Phoenix, where she has been a reporter since 2018. Madison has also interned with The Chicago Sun-Times. She was awarded a 2020 Loyola University Provost Fellowship to conduct research on Latino youth political engagement with Professor Meghan Condon in the Political Science Department.