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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson spoke at the Batten School on in October on “The Challenges of Policy Change: US-Cuba Relations as a Case Study.”


On the latest episode of a new podcast from UVA’s Deliberative Media Lab, Dean Ian Solomon joined experts in policy, history and media to discuss ongoing threats to our democratic system.


At Batten, student organizations new and old are deepening the School’s connection to Charlottesville—and to the wider policy world.


In commentary compiled by the Miller Center, Batten Professors Jennifer Lawless, Margaret Foster Riley, Todd Sechser, and Craig Volden weigh in on the 2020 election, offering updates on the latest developments.

Early voting in Virginia began on Sept. 18 and voters have been lining up ever since. (Photo by Ziniu Chen, University Communications)

Batten's Jennifer Lawless, along with William Antholis, and Kyle Kondik, discuss how mail-in and absentee votes are counted, why results could be delayed this year, and how the pandemic has affected the election.

Illustration by Alexandra Angelich, University Communications

Ahead of Election Day, Dean Ian Solomon writes about how leadership can heal during times of political division for UVAToday's "On Words" series.


This year, UVA's J-Term offerings feature interdisciplinary courses addressing some of today’s most urgent issues and team-taught by great professors across Grounds, including Batten's David Leblang.


As the coronavirus pandemic continues to touch nearly every aspect of American life and government, Batten's Todd Sechser says the handling of the pandemic by the U.S. has implications far beyond our borders, affecting policy and power struggles around the world.

The U.S. Capitol on Monday. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

Batten’s Craig Volden and Vanderbilt’s Alan Wiseman, co-directors of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, find that members of Congress are becoming less specialized and in turn, less effective. How do we encourage more expertise and reverse the trend?


Voting by mail is a safe way to cast a ballot during the current pandemic, and does not benefit either political party, according to Batten's John Holbein.