David Smith: Donald Trump and the politics of national identity



18 October 2016


Manning Bar, University of Sydney


Partnered event

Who gets what, when, and how? This year’s US presidential election has seen an intense focus on who? Who is a member of the nation? This is the most basic question of politics, and is the one that matters most to Donald Trump and his supporters. In this talk, USSC senior lecturer David Smith explained why we won’t see a return to 'normal' American politics until the question of American national identity has been addressed, however painful that may be.

This was one of the Raising the Bar 2016 events which saw 20 free talks by University of Sydney academics in 20 bars across Sydney.


  • Associate Professor David Smith
    Associate Professor David Smith
    Associate Professor in American Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney)

    David Smith is jointly appointed between the US Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. His research examines political relations between states and minorities, with a focus on religion in the US. His book Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.