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Carah Ong Whaley, PhD

Academics Program Officer, Center for Politics at University of Virginia

Dr. Carah Ong Whaley is the Academics Program Officer at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, a contributing editor to Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and is co-host of Politics Is Everything, a podcast with thoughtful discussions to inspire informed political and civic participation to strengthen democracy.

Carah currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Civic Engagement Section of the American Political Science Association. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Teen Vogue, NPR, Inside Higher Education, Education Dive, among others.

Recent publications include: The Red Ripple (co-editor and chapter contributor); Leaning Into Politics (Information Age Press, 2024); Political Pedagogies: Teaching Civic Engagement in Era of Divisive Politics (Palgrave, 2024); American Government: Roots and Reform (chapters on Political Parties, Campaigns, Elections and Voting, and The Media); Civic Engagement in an Era of Divisive Politics and Civil Unrest (Journal of Public Affairs, 2022). “Jan. 6 Hearings Show a Democracy in Crisis. Civic Education Can Help” “Let’s Get Political: Co-Creating and Assessing Civic Learning and Engagement” and “We the People, We the Process: Engaging Young People in Election Administration.”

State Expertise: Va.
Speaks: English

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