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Knowledge @Wharton: May 29, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Jane McAlevey (Author of “No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age”), Federiga Bindi (Sr. Fellow; Jean Monnet Chair, University of Rome Tor Vergata, SAIS Johns Hopkins), Erik Jones (Director of European and Uraisan Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University), Dennis Culhane (Professor, University of Pennsylvania), and Farai Chideya (Journalist) on the Tuesday, May 29, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Erik Jones and Federiga Bindi

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Federiga Bindi, Erik Jones

Jane McAlevey

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Jane McAlevey

Dennis Culhane

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Dennis Culhane

Farai Chideya

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Farai Chideya

Featured Guests

Jane McAlevey

Author of “No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age”


Jane McAlevey is an organizer, author and scholar. Her first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), published by Verso Press, was named the “most valuable book of 2012” by The Nation Magazine. Her second book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, published by Oxford University Press, was released late in 2016. She is a regular commentator on radio and TV. She continues to work as an organizer on union campaigns, lead contract negotiations, and train and develop organizers.

Upon completing her two-year Post Doc at the Harvard Law School, she returned to consulting work with unions in and outside the USA. She is currently at work on two books. Slated for release in fall 2019 from Ecco/HarperCollins, the next book argues that despite, if not because of, the withering attacks on working people from the US Supreme Court, conservative state and local governments, and the corporate class, American democracy depends on rebuilding unions. STRIKING BACK, due for release in 2020 from Verso, explores organizing, power, and strategy.
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Federiga Bindi

Sr. Fellow; Jean Monnet Chair, University of Rome Tor Vergata, SAIS Johns Hopkins


Dr. Federiga Bindi is a Sr. Fellow at IWPR and a Sr. Fellow at CTR at SAIS Johns Hopkins in Washington DC as well as a tenured Professor of Political Science at the University of Ro me Tor Vergata where she also holds the Jean Monnet Chair. Previously, Prof. Bindi was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prof. Bindi has an extensive experience in government: She was a Fellow in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee under then Chairman John Kerry, Senior Advisor to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Director of the Italian Cultural institute in Brussels.

Twitter – @Fedbindi
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Erik Jones

Director of European and Uraisan Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University


Erik Jones is Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). His most recent book is a collection of short essays called The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015). Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on European politics and political economy whose contributions have been published in, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis. Professor Jones is co-editor of Government and Opposition and he is a contributing editor to the Institute for International and Strategic Studies Journal Survival.

Jones earned his AB at Princeton University (1988) and his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS (1990, 1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University and the University of Nottingham. A US citizen, Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty-five years.

Twitter – @Erik_Jones_SAIS
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Dennis Culhane

Professor, University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Culhane’s primary area of research is homelessness and assisted housing policy. His research has contributed to efforts to address the housing and support needs of people experiencing housing emergencies and long-term homelessness.

Dr. Culhane’s recent research includes studies of vulnerable youth and young adults, including those transitioning from foster care, juvenile justice, and residential treatment services.

Dr. Culhane is the Director of Research for the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Culhane co-directs the Intelligence for Social Policy initiative (ISP), a MacArthur-funded project to promote the development of integrated database systems by states and localities for policy analysis and systems reform.
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Farai Chideya



Farai Chideya is a reporter, political and cultural analyst, and educator. Over the years she has worked in print, television, radio, and digital media; covered every Presidential election since 1996; and traveled to 28 countries and 49 states to report, learn, and explore.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, she is a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, studying newsroom diversity and editorial protocols during the 2016 election. She covered the 2016 election for FiveThirtyEight.com, with a special focus on demographics and the American voter, and was a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute from 2012-2016. A 1990 graduate of Harvard University, she was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture.

She previously hosted NPR’s News and Notes; was a reporter for ABC News; a political analyst for CNN; a host for the Oxygen Network; a consumer data and privacy reporter for The Intercept; and a reporter for Newsweek magazine. She and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS. She has also worked in both the for- and non-profit technology industry as a content strategist.

Chideya frequently speaks to and leads town hall meetings for public media audiences, civic institutions, and universities on politics, race, and contemporary social issues.
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