What are the US midterm elections and what will they mean for the future of the Trump presidency?
Experts from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney held an on-campus briefing for students, unpacking the implications of November's elections, the record number of women candidates, whether a big win by Democrats could lead to President Trump being impeached, and what the impact of the Supreme Court nomination process is likely to have on the result.
USSC speakers include Lecturer in American Studies and History Thomas Adams, Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy Gorana Grgic, Associate Professor in American Politics Brendon O'Connor, and Lecturer in Political Science Shaun Ratcliff. They will be joined by the Chief Operations Officer at Young Australians in International Affairs Katrina Van De Ven.
Dr Thomas Adams
Senior Lecturer in History and American Studies, University of Sydney
Dr Thomas Jessen Adams was previously a lecturer at the United States Studies Centre. He continues to be a Lecturer in American Studies and History at the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. His research and writing focuses on political economy, labour, social movements, urban history, and race, gender, and American politics.
Dr Gorana Grgic
Senior Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney)
Dr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre. Her research interests include US politics and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, conflict resolution and democratisation. She is the author of Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations (Routledge 2017).
Professor Brendon O'Connor
Professor of US Politics and US Foreign Relations, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney)
Brendon O'Connor is a Professor of US Politics and US Foreign Relations. He is jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (in the Discipline of Government and International Relations) at the University of Sydney. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian-American relations.
Dr Shaun Ratcliff
Honorary Associate, United States Studies Centre
Shaun Ratcliff is an Honorary Associate at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He was previously a Lecturer in Political Science at the Centre with a research focus on using novel data sources to study the issue preferences and behaviour of political actors, including voters, interest groups and elites. This includes the role of political parties as interest aggregators and the influence of party coalitions on policy goals.
Katrina Van De Ven
Katrina is the Chief Operations Officer for Young Australians in International Affairs, a think tank for early career foreign policy professionals which focuses upon fostering the next generation of high calibre leaders necessary to navigate Australia's place in the Indo-Pacific century. She is also a member of the Women in Nuclear Australia board.