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Unpacking U.S. Political Polarization: Understanding the Misguided Nature of Our Divide

Polarization is a buzzword, parroted by our politicians, media outlets, and social circles as a major cause of democratic decline. But, how polarized are Americans really? Join Katie Sonder, Associate Director of the Pell Center, for a discussion on the nuances and complexities of U.S. political polarization, including on the roles of the citizens, political elites, and media in fomenting strife.

Katie Langford Sonder is the Associate Director and Fellow of the Pell Center. Her current research involves unpacking the root causes of U.S. political polarization while identifying applicable conflict resolution techniques to minimize political and cultural divides. Langford Sonder is the director of the Nuala Pell Leadership Program, an experiential leadership development program for civic-minded undergraduates. Prior to joining the University, she served as a Princeton in Asia fellow in Thailand, a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia and an AmeriCorps fellow in Oakland, California. Langford Sonder holds a B.A. in philosophy from New York State University and a M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from American University.

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