Blog Series—A Year of Activism: Perspectives on the 2020 U.S. Elections

Starting in December 2019, Spark and Teacher-Scholar-Activist are partnering to bring you an activist-focused blog series leading up to the November 2020 U.S. general elections. Each month leading up to the election, we will feature a blog post written by a different scholar-activist that discusses their work and contextualizes it within the high stakes of our current moment.

Posts might address:

  • How these elections reflect a political, cultural, or social context and history
  • Where candidates stand and the implications of proposed policies
  • Problems that the 2020 elections will and won’t resolve
  • What academics can or are doing beyond voting

For the inaugural post in December 2019, “Service, Activism & Teachers,” Holly Hassel (North Dakota State University) addresses the relationship between institutional service and activism, underscoring the need for change at the local level–change that extends beyond the ballot box.

In the January 2020 post titled “White Supremacy, Anti-Racism, and the U.S. Presidency,” James Chase Sanchez (Middlebury College) characterizes the 2020 U.S. presidential election as a referendum on anti-racism, and he describes how we might begin to promulgate this perspective.

In his February 2020 post, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Online Targeting for Activism,” Michael Trice (MIT) implores us to move away from online targeting as a form of activism related to the elections, and he discusses the relationships among identity, online presence, social media activism, and local activism. In doing so, Michael argues for online activism to focus on outcomes.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on personal and professional schedules, we posted this statement in lieu of a March post. Check back in April for the next post in the series. We also encourage you to explore previous posts on TSA!

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