Alumni College 2020

Alumni College Speakers

Deborah Baumgold ’71

Professor Emerita of Political Science, University of Oregon

Power in America: Today

Deborah Baumgold attended Reed from 1967–70, and received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1971. She received her M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1980) from Princeton University. She is the editor-in-chief of Hobbes Studies, an international journal, and recently edited the Three-Text Edition of Thomas Hobbes’s Political Theory: The Elements of Law, De Cive and Leviathan. She harbors a subterranean interest in voting processes.

Derek Bradley ’06

Policy Director to Portland City Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty

Governance After Elections  

Derek Bradley received his B.A. from Reed College in 2006 and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark College in 2016.

Khristina Haddad ’92

Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Political Science Department, Moravian College

Political Theory Writing Workshop: Answering the Big Questions for the Sake of a More Critical and Proactive Approach to Contemporary Politics

Khristina Haddad received her B.A from Reed College in 1992, her M.A. from McGill University in 1994, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2003. As a normative political theorist, Khristina is interested in the question of action in an individual and a collective sense. What should I do? What should we do? How should we shape a shared world? These are fundamental questions for her teaching and scholarship. Khristina teaches students how to engage in reflective learning practices and pursue political theory creatively in the systematic construction of new political visions.

Christine Lewis ’07

Portland Metro Councilor 

Closing panel moderator

Christine Lewis is Councilor for Metro District 2, which encompasses parts of Southwest Portland and Clackamas County.

Peter Miller ’06

Researcher, The Brennan Center


Peter Miller received his B.A. from Reed College in 2006 and his M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) from University of California, Irvine.

Ali Nouri ’97

President, Federation of American Scientists

Governance After Elections 

Dr. Ali Nouri is the President of the Federation of American Scientists. Until recently he served as legislative director and national security advisor to U.S. Senator Al Franken. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, he was an advisor to the office of the UN Secretary General, and a research associate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School where he developed initiatives to maximize the beneficial applications of biotechnology to global health, while working to cut off pathways through which biotech can be used to develop biological weapons. 

Vasiliy V. Safin ’07

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Reed College

Choice Making in Elections

Vasiliy Safin received his B.A. from Reed College in 2007, his M.S. from New York City College in 2010, and his M.A. (2013) and Ph.D (2018) from Stony Brook University. Vasiliy is a cognitive psychologist with an interest in decision-making and behavioral economics. His present research on self-control and altruism seeks to better understand how people value delayed rewards and rewards to others. Vasiliy is both fascinated and concerned by common biases in human judgment.  

Robert Saxe ’93

Professor of History, Rhodes College

A Historical Evaluation of Critical Elections 

Robert Saxe teaches courses in 20th Century US history, specifically focusing on war and society and US politics, at Rhodes College in Memphis. His book, Settling Down: World War II Veterans′ Challenge to the Postwar Consensus, explores the processes that muted the dissenting voices of returning World War II veterans. His current research focuses on the political writings of Norman Mailer.

Victoria Shineman ’05

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh

The Effects of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws on the Disenfranchised

Victoria Shineman received her B.A. from Reed College in 2005, and her Ph.D. from New York University in 2013. She is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research interests intersect electoral institutions, political behavior, and experimental methods. Her current research focuses on electoral policies which affect the costs and incentives to participate, ranging from systems that encourage voting (like compulsory voting) to those that discourage participation or disenfranchise (like felony disenfranchisement and other forms of voter suppression).