The Democracy Project
Johns Hopkins scholars examine the past, present, and future of American democracy, looking for clear signs of peril, threads of hope, and perhaps a shared vision for a better, more inclusive republic
The future of democracy as a system of government is increasingly uncertain. With a rise of populist forces globally and many existing democracies in regression, liberty itself seems under assault. In the United States, a diminished or warped democracy could have far-reaching repercussions for voting rights, the rule of law, education, the application of science, immigration, citizenship, and long-held societal norms we take for granted.
As we near an election in which many of the defining principles of democracy seem to hang in the balance—an array of Johns Hopkins experts will share their greatest hopes, their deepest fears, and their informed insights on the state of America’s democratic experiment.
Photography by Will Kirk | Illustration by Melinda Beck
- Kamila Alexander, Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing
- Allison Barlow, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
- Ashley Rogers Berner, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute for Education Policy at the School of Education
- James Calvin, Professor of Practice at the Carey Business School
- Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
- Lisel Hintz, Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies
- Adam Levine, SNF Agora Institute Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Kathleen Page, Associate Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine
- Josh Sharfstein, Professor of the Practice and Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Adam Sheingate, Professor and chair of Political Science at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
- Du Yun, Professor of Composition at the Peabody Institute