Thursday, April 7, 2016
We are pleased to present our April issue of the LSE US Centre Newsletter

Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to any colleagues and friends who may be interested in the US Centre and our events and activities.

Centre Highlights

Experts gather for Super Tuesday panel

On March 2nd, academics, journalists and research fellows came together for a night of lively debate in The Evening After the Night Before: analysing Super Tuesday. Panellists discussed the likelihood of a ‘President Trump’, the role of trade in the elections, and the possibilities of a contested convention in July. The event, which was attended by over 450 people, was live streamed to over 500 viewers. 

Listen to the podcast of the lecture or take a look at our Storify

Margaret Weir discusses the ‘Politics of Spatial Inequality in Metropolitan America’

Professor Margaret Weir of Brown University came to the LSE to discuss how politics and policies played out across the American federal system create spatial inequalities but also present new opportunities for challenging them.

Listen to the podcast of the lecture or take a look at our Storify
Centre launches voter registration

initative for overseas citizens

The US Centre has launched a voter registration drive to ensure that all eligible American citizens in the LSE community are aware of their right to vote from abroad and are informed on how they can do so.

Take a look at the guide that we have put on our website on how to register to vote absentee or this USAPP article on the importance of requesting your absentee ballot. 
Joseph Baines addresses 'The Rise of the Rural One Percent'

Dr Joseph Baines, Fellow in LSE’s Government Department spoke at a US Centre Brown Bag on the ‘Rise of the Rural One Percent’. 

“When we think about the top 1%, we usually think about the ‘wolves of Wall Street’, not large-scale commercial farmers in the US. This challenges prevailing conceptions of what agriculture is all about.”
New Visiting Research Student joins US

Centre team 

Sierra Smucker is a PhD student at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. Her research, work, and teaching explore the ways in which less-advantaged groups gain access to political power and influence in important policy debates. Focusing on the role of social movements and the political feedback effects of policy making, Smucker looks at the politics of the policy process and how the state can influence who has access to power. She has particular expertise in the politics of gun reform in the United States and policy addressing violence against women.

News from US Centre People

Professor Michael Cox, Director of LSE IDEAS; and Dr Nicholas Kitchen, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the US Centre; addressed the Global Strategy Forum at the National Liberal Club on the UK’s foreign policy response to shifting dynamics of global power, in particular the United States’ strategic rebalance to Asia.

Professor Nicola Lacey recently authored a new book In Search of Criminal Responsibility: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions published by Oxford University Press.

Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, as Chair of the US-EU Working Group at the Dahrendorf Forum, organized a two-day conference entitled "The 2016 U.S. Election: Implications for Europe and Beyond,” hosted at the LSE. 

Upcoming US Centre events 
Click here for more information on upcoming US Centre Events.
Race, Reform and the New Retrenchment:
the perils of post-racialism after Obama

Date: 11 May 2016

Heightening tensions in the US over police killings of black people have undermined confidence that the election of Barack Obama signaled a new era on race relations in the US. The more lasting legacy may be the one championed by late Justice Scalia whose legal philosophy currently underwrites the central tensions in equality law in the United States. Through a Critical Race Theory prism, Professor Crenshaw will discuss Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name as challenges to contemporary jurisprudence on race, and assess the new openings presented by current events.   

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw is Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Los Angeles and the Columbia School of Law.

More information and ticket details
New Ballpark Podcast Episodes 

The Ballpark is the LSE US Centre’s media centre encompassing our podcast, which launched in March 2016, and explainer videos, which we’ll be releasing later in 2016. Follow the Ballpark on Twitter and take a look at all our episodes and extra innings segments here.  

Episode 1: The strongest economy for


In our first episode, we take a look at the US’ economic recovery and how its benefits might not have been felt by everyone equally.
Take a listen. 

Episode 2: This is not a hot take 

In this episode, we dive into the current state of American politics, but instead of giving you a "hot take," we present you with a historical perspective from 1920 and a political theory on polarisation.
Take a listen. 

Upcoming Ballpark episodes include interviews on foreign policy, the dollar and campaigning.

Most popular posts on the US Centre blog

The Centre's USAPP blog posts at least two articles every weekday, American politics blog round ups every Friday and Saturday, and academic book reviews on Sundays.

Gender is costing Hillary Clinton big among men

There has been little discussion of the impact of Hillary Clinton’s gender on her electoral prospects, but are American men really ready for a female President? Looking at the results of a new experiment, Dan Cassino finds that the threat to male identity embodied by Clinton is costing her as much as 24 points among men, and bringing her down by 8 points overall.

New analysis of WikiLeaks documents shows that intelligence-gathering at Guantánamo has been ineffective.

The US has maintained a military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba for more than 14 years, with the stated aim of detaining and interrogating suspected terrorists which have been captured by the US. In new research which uses a dataset of information published by WikiLeaks, Emanuel Deutschmann finds that the prison has been largely ineffective in its intelligence-gathering mission. 

In the lead up to the 2016 election, we can clearly see significant polarization between Republican and Democratic candidates across a variety of issues.

Elections are important; voters are asked to choose who they think will best represent their interests for the next four years across a large number of issues and policy areas. André Krouwel, Yordan Kutiyski and Pat Beck II have developed a new voting advice application to help voters decide which candidate best suits their own views and preferences. 
The LSE's United States Centre is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Its mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.
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