Online: The United States After Trump: A panel on the Presidential Succession and America in Transition

The United States After Trump: A panel on the Presidential Succession and America in Transition

Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00pm Atlantic time (6:00pm EST/Boston time)
By Zoom. To request the Zoom link, email

Presented by the Canada Research Chair in Global and International Studies and St. Thomas University’s Political Science Department, this panel of historians and political scientists who study U.S. politics looks to the past, present and future to discuss the U.S. presidential succession at a moment of transition in American society. Panelists will explore the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump presidency and the attack on the Capitol on January 6 that heightened political divisions at a moment when American capitalism is increasingly challenged by new global competitors, new structural forces, and new social movements. What lies ahead for our neighbour to the South? What are some of the things to look for in this moment of transition towards the Biden presidency?
Jamie Gillies is an Associate Professor of Communications and Public Policy in the Department of Journalism and Communications at St. Thomas University. A political scientist by training, his academic work is focused on political communications and public policy, in particular American presidents and Anglo-American executive leadership, U.S. White House advisers, and the personalization of political leadership. He is the editor of the recent book Political Marketing in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election (Palgrave Pivot, 2017). Dr. Gillies is also the Executive Director of the Frank McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy.
Avi Chomsky is a professor of history and the Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Dr. Chomsky has collaborated with scholar-activists in Atlantic Canada on research and solidarity with Colombian workers and communities affected by coal mining. She is the author of several books, including Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence and the Roots of Migration (2019), Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (2014), A History of the Cuban Revolution (2010) and They Take Our Jobs! and 20 Other Myths About Immigration (2007).
Brad Cross is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at St. Thomas University. An award-winning teacher, his research interests include social and environmental history of multinational mining companies, corporate social responsibility, and comparative urban history.
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