One of the greatest threats to democracy is the idea that it is unassailable.

At a time of potential danger to American demo­c­ra­t­ic norms and insti­tu­tions, it is more urgent than ever for scholars to highlight the risks to our system of gov­ern­ment. In this spirit, Bright Line Watch brings together a group of political sci­en­tists to monitor demo­c­ra­t­ic practices, their resilience, and potential threats.

Bright Line Watch Updates

A sig­nif­i­cant minority of Americans say they could support a military takeover of the U.S. government
by German Feierherd, Noam Lupu and Susan Stokes
The Washington Post, 02/16/18

Trump’s Tool Kit Does Not Include the Constitution

by Thomas B. Edsall
The New York Times, 02/08/18

Bright Line Watch Survey Report: Wave 4
by John Carey, Gretchen Helmke, Brendan Nyhan, and Susan Stokes, 02/08/18

Trump is Unraveling the Foundational Stitchings of American Scholarship
by Seth Masket
Pacific Standard, 02/06/18

Bright Line Watch is grateful for funding from these organizations

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Democracy Fund


Bright Line Watch Co-Directors

John Carey, Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College
Gretchen Helmke, Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester
Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government at Dartmouth College
Susan Stokes, John S. Saden Professor of Political Science at Yale University