Loyola University Chicago

Colloquy on The State of Democracy


Name Bio
Adrian Blau Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. He works on democratic theory and practice, corruption, post-truth politics, irrationality, and Thomas Hobbes. Adrian is currently writing a book called Hobbes’s Failed Science of Politics and Ethics, and recently edited Methods in Analytical Political Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2017), the first textbook of methods in political theory. Recent publications include ‘Cognitive Corruption and Deliberative Democracy’ (forthcoming in the journal Social Philosophy and Policy), which uses ideas from Machiavelli, Hobbes, Bentham and J.S. Mill to consider the relationship between political parties and the corruption of democracy.
Claes H. de Vrees Professor of Political Communication in The Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR, University of Amsterdam. He is the founding Director of the Center for Politics and Communication. His research interests include comparative journalism research, the effects of news, public opinion and European integration, effects of information and campaigning on elections, referendums and direct democracy. He currently holds an ERC grant titled ‘EUROPINIONS (2015-2020). He is elected member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences KNAW, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences, and a Fellow of the ICA. He has published 150+ articles in international peer-reviewed journals and he is the Editor in Chief of Political Communication.
William A. Galston Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program. Prior to January 2006, he was the Saul Stern Professor and Acting Dean at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, and founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Galston was Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy from 1993 to 1995. Galston is a winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book is Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy (Yale, 2018).
Rachel Gibson Director of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester. Her research sits in the intersection of electoral politics and communications studies. Her work focuses particularly on the impact of the internet and new media technologies on parties, voters and election campaigning. Her recent work has focused on changes in digital campaigns across four major democracies—the US, France, the UK and Australia for a forthcoming book with OUP. She has been an editor of the Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties and worked with the British Election Study team in 2015 to conduct the internet component of the project.
Matthew J. Goodwin Academic, writer and speaker known mainly for his work on British and European politics, volatility, populism, Brexit and elections. He is Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Matthew has several other roles and responsibilities. Since 2008, he has co-edited the Routledge book series on Extremism and Democracy and between 2011-2015 served as a member of the UK government's working group on anti-Muslim hatred. Between 2013-2016 he served his profession as a Trustee and executive committee member of the Political Studies Association, which since 1950 has promoted the study of politics. He's the author of five books, numerous peer-reviewed studies, research reports and briefings. He lives in London and tweets @GoodwinMJ.
Joerg Forbrig Senior transatlantic fellow for Central and Eastern Europe, and director of the Fund for Belarus Democracy. Based in the German Marshall Funds's office in Berlin, he leads the organization's efforts to assist civil society in Belarus, while his analytical and policy work focuses on Europe's East broadly, including the new member countries of the European Union and the EU's Eastern neighborhood. Prior to joining GMF in 2002, Forbrig worked as a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, Poland. He has been published widely on democracy, civil society, and Central and Eastern European affairs, including the books Reclaiming Democracy (2007), Prospects for Democracy in Belarus (2006), and Revisiting Youth Political Participation (2005). He is also a regular contributor to major international media, including op-eds in The New York Times, Financial Times, CNN, Politico, EU Observer, Neue Züricher Zeitung, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Forbrig has studied political science, sociology, and Eastern European affairs at universities in Germany, Poland, and Hungary. He holds a PhD in social and political sciences from the European University Institute in Florence and a master’s in political science from Central European University in Budapest. He speaks English, Russian, Polish, and Slovak in addition to his native German.
William Loris Director and Senior Lecturer of Loyola’s Rule of Law for Development Institute. He joined Loyola in 2010 after a distinguished career in international service and has throughout his career been a leading advocate for the strengthening of the rule of law in countries that are developing, in economic transition or recovering from violent conflict and for the improvement of such countries in international negotiations. He served for ten years for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in West Africa and Egypt. After this, he became a co-founder and later Director General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), a leading inter-governmental organization in the international effort to strengthen the rule of law. Prof. Loris holds Bachelor Degree in History and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Santa Clara University, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International and Comparative Law from the Vrije Universiteit in Belgium.
Will Marshall President and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), established in 1989 as a “radically pragmatic” center for political innovation based in Washington, D.C. He has been one of the chief intellectual architects of the movement to modernize progressive politics for the information age. Known as “Bill Clinton’s idea mill,” PPI was linked to the Democratic Leadership Council, which Marshall co-founded in 1985. In 2017, he also helped to launch New Democracy, which is dedicated to rebuilding the Democratic Party’s pragmatic wing. Marshall is editor or co-editor of many books, and his articles have appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and many other newspapers, as well as The New Republic, The American InterestThe American ProspectDemocracy, and other journals. He has served on the boards of the National Endowment for Democracy, the Washington, D.C. Public Charter Schools and Policy Network, a London-based think tank that promotes policy innovation throughout the democratic world. Marshall also has previous experience with campaigns, political communications, and journalism. After hours, the Tidewater, Virginia native plays guitar in a rhythm and blues and jazz band.
Tonia Mastrobuoni Correspondent for La Repubblica from Germany and Austria and an European Central Bank-Watcher. Before she was at La Stampa, where she covered the economic and financial crisis and reported from Germany and Greece and later became Berlin correspondent. Before 2011 she has been working for the news agencies Reuters and Apcom, the German public radio WDR and the newspaper Il Riformista, covering politics but also international finance and economics. Since 2009, she is in charge of the book lectures for the Festival of Economics in Trento.
Yves Mény Political scientist, emeritus President of the European University  (2002-09) and former President  of the  Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa, (2014-18) . His academic career includes positions in Rennes, Paris II, Sciences Po and the European University Institute. He has taught in many American and European Universities and is Honorary member of the Irish Academy. He has published extensively in the field of French and comparative politics, public policies and admistration. Later on, his publications have focused on corruption and populism. His latest publications deal with European  integration’s issues , in particular the democratic deficit question and the tensions between EU policies and national politics.
Leonardo Morlino Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Research Center on Democracies and Democratizations at LUISS, Rome. He was President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2009-12). He is the author of more than 40 books and more than 200 journal essays and book chapters published in English, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese, Mongolian, and Japanese. His most recent books include: The Impact of Economic Crisis on South European Democracies (Palgrave, 2017), The quality of Democracy in Latina America (IDEA, 2016), Changes for Democracy (Oxford UP, 2011). Morlino is a leading specialist in comparative politics with expertise on Southern and Eastern Europe and Latin America, with a focus on the phenomenon of democratization. Now he is directing a new research on the impact of the 2008-14 economic crisis of the six largest European democracies.
Dalibor Rohac Research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies political economy of the EU and co-directs the joint project with the Center for American Progress on Defending Democracy and Underwriting the Transatlantic Partnership. He is also a visiting fellow at the Max Beloff Centre for the Study of Liberty at the University of Buckingham in the UK and a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. Before joining AEI, Rohac was affiliated with the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He also served as deputy director at the London-based Legatum Institute and a research fellow at the Centre for the New Europe in Brussels. In 2009, he interned at the office of the president of the Czech Republic in Prague. Rohac has written about European affairs for the Washington PostNew York TimesFinancial TimesWall Street JournalForeign Affairs, and many other outlets. He has also published over a dozen of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals. His book, Towards an Imperfect Union: A Conservative Case for the EU (Rowman & Littlefield) was included on the list of best books of 2016 by Foreign Affairs magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in political economy from King’s College London, an M.Phil. in economics from the University of Oxford, an M.A. in economics from George Mason University, and a B.A. in economics from Charles University in Prague.
Michael Tomasky Columnist for The Daily Beast and the editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, a quarterly journal based in Washington. He is also a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, where he has written since 2002. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington PostThe Atlantic, and many other publications, and made numerous television and radio appearances. He is the author of four books. His next book, If We Can Keep It: A Brief, 300-Year History of the Fall of the Republic, will be published by Liveright in early 2019.
Salvatore Vassallo Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna, where he lectures on Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Public Opinion Analysis. His research focuses on the functioning and performance of governmental institutions, party democracy, law-making process, electoral systems and voting behavior. He is a member of the «Italian National Election Studies» research group and of its Scientific Committee. From 2008 to 2013 he was Member of the Italian National Parliament. Most recent book: Sistemi politici comparati (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016). Most recent papers on: Contemporary Italian Politics (2016), South European Society & Politics (2017), Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche (2017), Stato e Mercato (2018).
KateĊ™ina Vráblíková Research fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the University of Mannheim (2012/2016) and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Irvine (2010/2011). Her research focuses on comparative political behavior and social movements. Vráblíková is primarily interested in how societal and state structures shape activism and preferences of individuals and advocacy groups. She is author of What Kind of Democracy? Participation, Inclusiveness and Contestation (2017, Routledge) and her work has been published in Comparative Political Studies and European Union Politics.
Cristiano Vezzoni Associate Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Milan. Since 2017, he is the National Coordinator for Italy of the European Social Survey (ESS). He is a member of the scientific committee of the Italian National Election Study (Itanes). He participated in a variety of national and international projects, especially on electoral behaviour. He holds a PhD in Legal Sociology from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He has recently published in peer-reviewed journals, including Political Psychology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, South European Societies and Politics.