What a Biden Presidency Means for Health Care, Politics, and the World

Tufts faculty weigh in on the prospects for incoming Biden administration policies and for the political future of the U.S.
President-elect Joe Biden. Tufts faculty weigh in on the prospects for incoming Biden administration policies and for the political future of the U.S.
President-elect Joe Biden talking in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 9. Photo: AP
November 13, 2020

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As President-elect Joe Biden begins to pull together his administration, we turned to five Tufts faculty for their takes on what policies we might see in the coming years, and what Biden’s election portends for politics in the U.S.

We spoke with Amy Lischko, associate professor of public health and community medicine; Jeffrey Taliaferro, professor of international relations; Brian Schaffner, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies; Helen Marrow, associate professor of sociology; and Eitan Hersh, associate professor of political science.

The Affordable Care Act and Pandemic Response, Front and Center

Biden will need support from Congress, the courts, and states to carry out his health care agenda, says Amy Lischko, associate professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. 

“Constrained Enmity” Ahead with China, Russia

International relations professor Jeffrey Taliaferro says Europe is relieved to see Biden in office, but relations with China and Russia will still be tense.

No Compromise in Sight

Political science professor Brian Schaffner reflects on what the presidential election means for U.S. politics.

Reversing Immigration Policies

The Biden administration should reverse previous harsh immigration policies, says sociologist Helen Marrow.

Why We Need to Go Local to Create Change

Eitan Hersh, a political scientist, says to get things done, start at the local and state levels.

Taylor McNeil can be reached at taylor.mcneil@tufts.edu; Julie Flaherty can be reached at julie.flaherty@tufts.edu; and Anna Miller can be reached at a.miller@tufts.edu.