Making Sense of...Federal Elections and the Supreme Court

  • Dialogue & Deliberation , Political Engagement
  • Guides , "Making Sense of..." Guides

In an effort to cut through the seemingly endless stream of news we're faced with, our office periodically releases short discussion guides, called "Making Sense of..."  These short pieces are meant 1) as a way to become quickly acquainted with an issue, 2) see what people are reading on the topic, and 3) as a way to begin a conversation, using some discussion framing questions.  These guides are meant for use by anyone, but in particular we encourage use by college faculty (in classrooms and in disciplinary clubs) and in co-curricular campus settings.

This edition deals with the conversation around federal elections and the U.S. Supreme Court. How do the two relate? How might the 2020 court vacancy impact the political landscape? In this guide, we offer a starting point for readings and conversation. Please use this guide in and out of the classroom at your institution and share widely. If you have any questions or comments about this guide, please do reach out to our team at

Making Sense of Elections and the Supreme Court