Atlantic Forum: The 2018 Elections in the United States: Causes and Consequences

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Prof. Sean Theriault, PhD, University of Texas, Austin


Monday, November 12, 2018, 12.15-1.45pm


Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Philosophicum HS  P 102


Obama Institute Mainz

Target group:

a broader interested audience




not required


The earthquake of Donald Trump’s election in 2016 unsettled the po-litical dynamics that had been in place for more than 50 years in the United States. In this talk, Professor Theriault from the University of Texas will discuss what happened in the 2018 midterm elections. Will these elections set the record straight or created even more un-certainty in Washington, D.C., and capitals around the globe? What do the elections suggest about Trump’s reelection efforts in 2020?

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Prof. Sean Theriault, PhD

is a professor of politics at the University of Texas. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Friar Society Teaching Fellowship, UT Professor of the Year, and the Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2012, he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Professor Theriault's research is on the distinction between ideological and war-making behavior in the U.S. Congress.


He has published three books, The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution (Ohio State University Press, 2005), Party Polarization in Congress (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has also published numerous articles in a variety of journals on subjects ranging from presidential rhetoric to congressional careers and the Louisiana Purchase to the Pendleton Act of 1883.