Featuring John Mark Hansen

At the midpoint of President Trump’s first term, John Mark Hansen looks back to understand the election that gave us the Trump presidency and ahead to the elections that will determine its legacy. He will offer—and defend—several claims. First, the most surprising thing about the 2016 election was how utterly normal it was. Second, the 2016 election and the Trump presidency have accelerated rather than reversed existing trends in the American electorate. Finally, the trends in the electorate point to a future that is challenging for the Democrats—but trouble for the Republicans.

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Event Details

6:30 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00 p.m. Reception

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
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Featured Faculty


John Mark Hansen is the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. He served as dean of the Social Sciences Division for 10 years and has also served as chair of the Department of Political Science, associate provost for education and research, and senior advisor to the University president. His scholarship addresses legislative politics, interest group politics, citizen activism, public opinion, and elections. Hansen is the author of two books, Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919–1981 (The University of Chicago Press, 1991), and, with Steven Rosenstone, Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in America (Macmillan, 1993). He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.