Political Scientists Find a Laboratory at Conventions

Ted Richardson for The Chronicle

Max Harris (right), a senior at Kennesaw State U., interviewed demonstrators outside the Democratic National Convention for a field-research project on sociopolitical activism.
September 17, 2012

Modern political conventions, it has been said, effectively amount to days-long infomercials for the parties' candidates.

This year was no exception, aside from Clint Eastwood's comedic ramblings and some last-minute discord among Democrats over a…

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