Election Watch | Showdown: Reflections on the first presidential debate



28 September 2016


University of Sydney

Presidential debates are often the only time major party nominees come face to face during the campaign. They can draw anywhere between 30 million and 70 million viewers and, in a year when the stakes have never been higher, they could make or break either candidate.

Following the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney brought together Harvard College Professor Jennifer L. Hochschild and Centre CEO Professor Simon Jackman for a debrief on the highs and lows of the first official face-off.

Who came out on top? What questions remain unanswered? What can we expect to see in the follow-up debate?


  • Professor Jennifer Hochschild
    Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

    Jennifer Hochschild was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2016. Hochschild is the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Harvard College Professor at Harvard University. She also holds lectureships in the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman
    Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre

    Professor Simon Jackman commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in April 2016. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.