Your beliefs, my beliefs and the "Aunt Susan" phenomenon

Dr. Robert Putnam and Dr. Joseph Daniels

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Dr. Robert Putnam is a professor of public policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and author of the 2000 best-seller, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Putnam delivered Marquette’s annual Marburg Lecture in economics while on a national book tour for his 2010 release, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.

Dr. Joseph Daniels is a professor of economics in Marquette’s College of Business Administration and director of the college’s Center for Global and Economic Studies. Daniels’ research interests include international currency markets, globalization and monetary policy, and the economics of religion. His work on social capital was cited in Putnam’s American Grace.


In the second of a two-part series, Dr. Robert Putnam explains the “Aunt Susan” phenomenon, and he and Dr. Joseph Daniels discuss how Americans have been shifting their religious affiliations to align with their political beliefs.

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