Selected Works & Activities
American Discontent: The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age
How did someone with no political experience and who never ran for public office suddenly become President of the United States? This project answers that question. Donald Trump's rise to power was just the tip of a deep political-economic iceberg involving slowly developing trends since the 1970s in the economy, race relations, ideology and politics that reached a tipping point, and that was suddenly pushed over the edge by the 2008 financial crisis, Barack Obama's election as President, and his moves to manage the crisis and reform the health care system. The project also examines how this compares to populist resurgence in Europe, and how it will change the face of American politics and U.S. hegemony in the future. Results appear in American Discontent: The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age (Oxford University Press, 2018).