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We are proud to partner with Democratic Erosion, a cross-university collaborative course that aims to help students critically and systematically evaluate the risks to democracy both in the United States and abroad through the lens of theory, history, and social science.

Democratic Erosion is a unique experiment in collaborative pedagogy and learning; the students in the initiative contribute to an undergraduate-written blog, and this term the initiative is also producing a report for USAID. As part of the partnership between Anxieties of Democracy and Democratic Erosion, in the summer of 2018 several students’ work will be featured as part of a special series in the Democracy Papers.

The syllabus initiative is led by Robert Blair, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University. For more information regarding Democratic Erosion, please contact him and/or Hannah Baron, the teaching and research assistant for the course. For questions about the Democracy Papers or the Anxieties of Democracy program, send an email to

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