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
    Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Dr Charles Edel is Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this appointment, 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
    Lecturer, National Security College, Australian National University

    Jennifer S. Hunt is a Lecturer at the National Security College at ANU. She was previously a lecturer and research associate at the United States Studies Centre. Her research portfolio examines the interplay between defence, energy and economic issues, with a focus on the US and the Arab Gulf. She has published on energy security policy in the US and Australia, the geopolitics of energy markets, and economic and political transitions in the Arab Gulf.