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Theme Panel: The Emergence of Donald Trump: Did Political Science See this Coming?

The Emergence of Donald Trump: Did Political Science See this Coming?

In the aftermath of November 8, 2016, the day on which Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States, many were shocked, including most professional political scientists. Does this mean that the discipline was totally blindsided, as a recent post in the Chronicle of Higher Education argues? Or, is it more the case that existing theory is capable of explaining this stunning outcome, but the discipline failed to appreciate it in time? Finally, what does his election mean for the country, party politics, and public policy? This roundtable will consider a range of explanations on the causes, and likely consequences, of what most see as the surprising election of the erstwhile businessman.

Participants:
Christopher S. Parker, University of Washington (Chair)
Zoltan L. Hajnal, University of California, San Diego (Presenter)
Christopher M. Federico, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Presenter)
Jane Y. Junn, University of Southern California (Presenter)
Marc J. Hetherington, Vanderbilt University (Presenter)
Katherine J Cramer, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Presenter)
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University (Presenter)
Matt A. Barreto, University of California, Los Angeles (Presenter)