Local Support: Interview with Representative John Lewis

John Lewis is a U.S. Congressman representing Georgia’s 5th district. He was a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement, leading the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and giving a keynote speech at the 1963 March on Washington. As a Congressman, Lewis continues to focus on bolstering voting rights and building progressive social movements in the … Read more

Algorithmic Decision-Making

As much as we may want them to, algorithms don’t think. The algorithm that compiles Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ photo albums wasn’t thinking when a father’s “great year” included photographs of his recently deceased daughter. Algorithms don’t think when they are approving credit cards, counting votes, or determining financial aid. We rarely realize how much … Read more

Lessons from a Venezuelan Supermarket

A crowd of people gather around a bright orange building, with orange and blue circles painted on the windows. In friendly letters, the building’s sign reads “Día Día Practimercados.” “Practimercados” is a portmanteau of práctico, “practical”, and mercado, “market.” The practical market. Día Día, or “day to day,” is the essence of the supermarket’s mission: … Read more

What the Georgia Special Election Tells Us About Midterms

This Tuesday, Georgia held a special election to fill Tom Price’s congressional seat in the 6th district. Price vacated the seat earlier this year to become President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. The area has strong Republican roots, having sent  GOP members to Congress for the past 40 years. In the past five … Read more

All Eyes on Georgia’s Sixth: Analyzing Ossoff and Handel’s Campaign Finances

  In April, Democrats faced one of their first chances to win a major election since their devastating losses in 2016. After President Trump tapped the representative for Georgia’s Sixth District, Tom Price, as Secretary of Health and Human Services, eighteen candidates vied for the empty seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff won the plurality with 48.1 … Read more

Chinawood: Why the Chinese Movie Industry Faces Challenges in International Markets

To the average American filmgoer, it’s not immediately obvious that The Great Wall is a Chinese co-production, shot exclusively in China by a Chinese director, and featuring some of the most famous Chinese movie stars. Yet to many industry analysts, The Great Wall was a test of how well a big budget, cross-cultural movie would … Read more

Culture in Conversation: Sharing Tradition through Art

Last April, after a journey lasting nearly 8,000 miles, Mengying met me in Harvard Square, only a few feet from the T-stop. Although we had been in contact for over a week, there was something uniquely exciting about meeting her in person. She was a high school student from Hangzhou, China; I was a freshman … Read more

The Unlikely Couple: The Rise of Public-Private Partnerships in the United States

Most introductory economics students know that markets naturally tend towards equilibrium. In their homework, these students also have likely been told to assume that there is no government interference in the economy in question. This simplifying classroom assumption is one that some argue should extend to our understanding of actual markets in the United States. … Read more

Technology and Infrastructure: Interview with Senator Gary Peters

Senator Gary Peters is the junior U.S. Senator from Michigan. He serves on the Joint Economic Committee; Committee on Armed Services; Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Harvard Political Review: Historically, the automobile manufacturing sector has been an important industry to the economy in Michigan. As a federal … Read more