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Professor Schultz Looks Ahead to the Election

Hamline Professor of Political Science David Schultz is teaching Constitutional law, Health Care Policy, and Urban Politics this semester. During an email interview between classes and his guest appearances in videoconferences around the world, he provided an update on his classes and offered his reflections on how the COVID-19 pandemic might affect politics.

How is the COVID-19 pandemic relevant to your work?
What has been especially interesting is how all three of these classes intersect right now. For example, we have been able to observe first-hand how issues of public health intersect with the Constitution. In my public health class we have been looking at why or why not the US was prepared for the pandemic, and in Urban Politics we looked at how the virus is affecting cities.

What insights do you have around political science at this time?
The main insight is that the partisan divides that existed in America before COVID-19 are still there and unfortunately the national emergency has not melted down the polarization as much as I hoped. In addition, we face looming issues. How we are going to hold the 2020 elections? How the Coronavirus will impact campaigning and the vote?

What should Minnesota voters keep in mind as we move through this new existence?
As others have said, we are entering a new reality in so many ways, socially, politically, economically. Few of us know how it will change us as a nation, but it will have a generational impact much like the September 11, 2001 attacks did. I have written about some of these changes, including for Counterpunch.

Via email interview. Lightly edited by staff.