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Sept. 20: Lilliana Mason to headline Constitution Day

FREDERICK, Md.—A political scientist whose work focuses on the polarizing effects of partisanship will highlight Constitution Day events at Hood College on Sept. 20.

Lilliana Mason, assistant professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, will present her talk, titled “Clashing Identities: Social Polarization and the 2016 Election” at 1 p.m. on the Beneficial-Hodson Library Reading Porch. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Law and Criminal Justice, this is the first lecture in a series of events tied to the 2016 presidential election.

Mason earned her doctorate in political science from Stony Brook University in 2013, with a dissertation grant from the National Science Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Princeton University, and she was a visiting scholar at Rutgers University from 2013 to 2015.

Her research interests include American political behavior, political psychology, partisan and social identity, and polarization. Specifically, her work focuses on the polarizing effect of partisanship and the consequences it has on political behavior. Her research has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science. She is currently finishing a manuscript on partisan sorting and polarization in American politics.

For more information about this lecture, contact Carin Robinson, Ph.D., at or 301-696-3719.

The day will continue with a lecture by Janis Judson, Ph.D., Hood professor of political science, at 2 p.m. in the moot courtroom in the Tatem Arts Center. In her talk, called “The Constitution and the Power of Judicial Review,” she will discuss how the Supreme Court interprets the law and in particular how the justices make decisions in free speech cases. For more information, contact Judson at or 301-696-3721.

There will also be a display of books and materials celebrating Constitution Day all day in the Beneficial-Hodson Library.

Constitution Day events are sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Law and Criminal Justice. All events are free and open to the public.