US midterm elections Canberra briefing



22 October 2018


Parliament House




Free, but registration required

What will the US Congress look like after November 6 and what are the implications for Australia and the world should President Trump be hindered by a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives? With a record-breaking number of women candidates running for office this cycle, are there also lessons for Australia in regards to female representation in politics?

USSC experts headed to Canberra to tackle these questions, drawing on their research on these issues over the past 12 months.


  • 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.

  • Dr Charles Edel
    Dr Charles Edel
    Australia Chair and Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Dr Charles Edel is the inaugural Australia Chair and a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was previously a Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College, and served on the US Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff from 2015-2017. In that role, he advised Secretary of State John Kerry on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. 

  • Dr Jennifer Hunt
    Dr Jennifer Hunt
    Non-Resident Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Dr Jennifer S. Hunt is a lecturer in security studies at Macquarie University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre. Dr Hunt has published on comparative national security policy of cyber and energy issues in the United States, Australia and the Arab Gulf. She has served as a delegate at the Shangri-la Security Dialogue and attended the World Economic Forum at Abu Dhabi.