Populism, authoritarianism and gender in Trump’s America



26 June 2018


Law Lounge, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney


Public event


General Admission $10

The 2016 election of Donald Trump as US president generated considerable interest in the role of populism and authoritarianism in contemporary democratic politics both in the United States and elsewhere. Trump’s electoral victory initiated a series of worldwide women’s marches to protest his election, which may have helped to spark the #MeToo movement, and generated unprecedented interest in running for political office among American female Democrats.

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election raised numerous important questions that had implications for the 2018 congressional and 2020 presidential elections. Are American voters more populist and more authoritarian than in the past? Why were (mostly) young American men marching with flaming torches to protest the removal of a confederate statue in Virginia? What happened with Democratic and Republican women in 2018, and why did many women vote for Donald Trump and controversial candidates like Alabama's Roy Moore? Was there really an increase in anti-immigration sentiment in the United States and other wealthy democracies, or was something else happening?

Two of the United States' leading political psychologists, Stanley Feldman and Leonie Huddy joined US Studies Centre CEO Professor Simon Jackman in a discussion to talk about the role of populism, authoritarianism and gender in American politics, and the politics of democracies in Europe and Australia.

This event was jointly presented with The Electoral Integrity Project.


  • Stanley Feldman
    Professor of Political Science, State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Stanley is a Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research focuses on the origins of political preferences, with particular interests in the structure of political ideology and values, the role of emotions in politics, and the psychological bases of attitudes and...

  • Professor Leonie Huddy
    Professor of Political Science , State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Leonie is a Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She studies political behavior in the United States and elsewhere through the lens of intergroup relations, with a special focus on gender, race, and ethnic relations. Her recent work extends that focus to the study of partisan identities in the United States and Western Europe.

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman

    Professor Simon Jackman was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre from April 2016 to May 2022. 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.