CSDI is involved in a wide range of activities and research endeavors that aim to understand the role of democratic institutions in contemporary society. As a non-partisan multidisciplinary research program, it is the goal of the Center's co-directors to offer programming and scholarly opportunities that are considered valuable to political science and enriching to the broader community. The 2012-2013 Year-end Review highlights many of the activities of the Center, its co-directors, and its affiliates. Read the complete report here.
Geer Honored for Educational Contributions
John Geer, CSDI Co-Director and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, has received the 2014 Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award. The Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Board of Directors selected Geer for his significant contributions to educational programming as a speaker for Vanderbilt Reunion and other alumni events.
"In his Reunion/Homecoming educational program Professor Geer challenged our notions that negative political advertising was harmful to democracy," said presenter Thomas Conner, Alumni Association Board Member of Nashville, Tenn. "He also shared his valuable political insight during numerous other alumni gatherings."
Geer has taught political science at Vanderbilt since 1996. He has published five books and more than 20 articles on presidential politics and elections, and recently served as editor of The Journal of Politics. He has provided extensive commentary in the news media on politics, including live nationwide interviews for FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC and NPR. Geer has also written op-ed pieces for Politico, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune.