Type: Public event

The politics of university student voting

College and Beyond II: The Outcomes of Liberal Education colloquium series


Nancy Thomas and Susan Jekielek

Date & time

Oct 28, 2021, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

The 2020 election saw record-breaking turnout, and college and university students were no exception. In this session, Nancy Thomas, director of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, will discuss findings from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), as well as the conflicting forces at play in 2020—pandemic-driven social distancing, a backlash against President Trump, a national reckoning over racial injustice, defiance around voter access, new efforts by institutional leaders and faculty, and effective student organizing—and what it all means for democratic learning across disciplines, healthy political campus climates, and planning for the 2022 election and beyond.


  • Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
  • Vincent Hutchings (discussant), Diversity and Social Transformation Professor and the Hanes Walton, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan
  • Susan Jekielek (moderator), associate research scientist at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan

Contact and more information

For more information about this event and series, or to direct questions to the event organizers, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), visit the College and Beyond II: Liberal Arts and Life website