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US Election Experts

Our academic experts are available for comment on the outcome of the US Presidential Election 2016 and its implications for Britain and Europe. 

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Professor Bill Durodié is Chair of International Relations

  • Professor Durodié joined the University in October 2014. He previously held posts in Canada and in Singapore, as well as at the UK's Defence Academy and in the War Studies Group of King’s College London. His areas of expertise include the politics of fear and the rise of identity politics in the post-Cold War era.

Professor Durodié has previewed the election:

  • He says there will be no real winner from the American presidential election - https://vimeo.com/190537833
  • He says support for Donald Trump reflects a cynical, anti-politics mood increasingly common in the US - https://vimeo.com/190537834
  • He explains why so many voters support Donald Trump, despite the Republican candidate being accused of telling lies during the campaign - https://vimeo.com/190537835

Professor Charlie Lees is Professor of Politics

  • Professor Lees joined the University of Bath in 2011. He can comment on the impact of the American vote on Britain and Europe and has written widely on the future of the EU, Germany and the UK. He is a former Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego.

Professor Nick Pearce is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Policy Research

  • Professor Pearce has extensive experience in policy research and government policymaking, in the UK and internationally. He is an author and  commentator on public policy in broadcast and the print media. He was formerly Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), and was previously Head of the No 10 Downing Street Policy Unit, with responsibility for the formulation of policy advice to the Prime Minister.

Dr Matt Alford

  • Dr Alford is a Teaching Fellow in Politics, with a research focus on the relationship between screen entertainment and political power in Western democracies. He has written about the relationship between Hollywood and US defence and security organisations, including the Pentagon and CIA.

Dr Benjamin Bowman 

  • Dr Bowman is a Teaching Fellow in comparative politics. His interests include exploring how young people construct identity and belongings, and their participation, engagement and disengagement. Born in Tennessee, he holds British and American dual nationality.

Dr David Moon

  • Dr Moon is a lecturer in politics, researching post-devolution UK politics, rhetoric and oratory, and ideology and power relations in multi-level political institutions. He is the co-editor of Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama, published in 2016.