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Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou
Lilliana Mason

Lilliana Mason

Associate Professor of Political Science at the SNF Agora Institute of Johns Hopkins University

Lilliana Mason is the author of "Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity" and co-author, with Nathan P. Kalmoe, of "Radical American Partisanship: Mapping Violent Hostility, Its Causes, and the Consequences for Democracy". She received her PhD in Political Psychology from Stony Brook University and her BA in Politics from Princeton University. Her research on partisan identity, partisan bias, social sorting, and American social polarization has been published in journals such as American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political SciencePublic Opinion Quarterly, and Political Behavior, and has also been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and National Public Radio.

Leaders have a big role to play (…) Their motivations are often based on how to get more votes and how to get more money and…[they] create more conflict to get those things. Having leaders be more responsible participants in democracy (…) could tone things down.