The 2016 U.S. Election: Polarization, Partisanship, and Populism

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 20176:00PM - 7:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
Doors open at 5:30 pm
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CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series



This event will also be available via live webcast and can be viewed at the following link on January 11, 2017 at 6:00pm EST:

Samara Canada and the School of Public Policy and Governance present:

The 2016 U.S. Election: Polarization, Partisanship, and Populism

You’re invited to an evening event with two leading American experts, in conversation with Andrew Coyne, who will discuss the results of the recent U.S. election and the prospects for democracy. Here you’ll hear get answers to these pressing questions:
• What deep and long-term trends were at play in the election, including polarization of public opinion and role of identities like class, race and gender?
• What do Americans expect from the Trump presidency? What should they expect?
• What does this election tell us about deeper problems with American democracy?


Jocelyn Kiley, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center
Chris Achen, Professor at Princeton, and co-author of Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Governments.
In conversation with Andrew Coyne

This event is generously supported by the Centre for the Study of the United States, and the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.


JOCELYN KILEY is associate director of research at Pew Research Center, where she primarily works on U.S. public opinion about politics. She is involved in all stages of the research process at the Center, and is a principal investigator on the Center’s work on political polarization in the American public, as well as its regular election polling. Prior to joining Pew Research Center in 2008, Kiley worked in research and evaluation for several media and governmental organizations. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate work primarily concerned issues of racial and ethnic political identity in the U.S., as well as the role of the media in shaping public opinion. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Harvard University. Kiley discusses the Center’s findings with the news media and regularly presents to outside audiences and at the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s annual conference.

CHRIS ACHEN’s research interest is Political Methodology, particularly in its application to empirical democratic theory, American Politics, and International Relations. He is the author Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Governments. Professor Achen was the first president of the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and Princeton’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He received the first career achievement award from The Political Methodology Section of The American Political Science Association in 2007. He is also the recipient of an award from the University of Michigan for lifetime achievement in training graduate students. Recent academic placements of graduate students for whom he was the principal dissertation advisor include Stanford, Duke, and the London School of Economics.

Our moderator

A columnist at the National Post, and the former National Editor ofMaclean’s, ANDREW COYNE is thoughtful, intrepid, and never afraid to speak his mind. Coyne is highly sought after by audiences looking for unvarnished insights on Canada’s increasingly interconnected political and economic future. Coyne has been an editorial writer, columnist and contributor for The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, Saturday Night, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine. Coyne is no stranger to national accolades: he is the winner of two National Newspaper Awards and the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. He is also a member of the “At Issue” Panel on CBC’s The National, appears on TVO’s The Agenda, and once co-hosted Face-Off on CBC. He is a Fellow of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, and holds a Master’s in Economics from the London School of Economics.

About the Partners

SAMARA CANADA is dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics. Established as a charity in 2009, we have become Canada’s most trusted, non-partisan champion of increased civic engagement and a more positive public life. Samara Canada’s research and educational programming shines new light on Canada’s democratic system and encourages greater political participation across the country to build better politics, and a better Canada, for everyone.

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Jocelyn Kiley
Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center

Chris Achen
Professor at Princeton, and co-author of Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Governments

Andrew Coyne
Columnist at the National Post, and former National Editor, Maclean’s

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of the United States


School of Public Policy and Governance

Samara Canada


Munk School of Global Affairs

Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto


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