The Trump administration

Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States and his administration has dominated the headlines since day one.

Our academics are on hand to provide stellar comment and analysis on the national and international ramifications of the new American order.

Essex houses the top political department in the UK, with our Faculty of Social Sciences rated 4th in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014).

Our experts

Political Scientist

Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt

Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt

Government

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An American, Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt is a new addition to our Department of Government. Gina’s research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty and how those decisions affect economic, social and political development. She specifically focuses on disaster management and foreign aid policy making, and has special expertise in US domestic policy and international development policy.

Gina’s main research and teaching areas are policy analysis, statistics for public servants and policy makers, and political economy. Originally from Louisiana, she lived in Texas for ten years prior to joining Essex. In the US she held a regular slot on a regional radio show, and she has written for The Conversation.

Areas of expertise relating to the administration

  • Policy and policy making analysis
  • International development and foreign aid
  • Disaster management and recovery
  • Public policy of education, women’s health, immigration, and energy

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Political Scientist

Dr Natasha Ezrow

Dr Natasha Ezrow

Government

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An American, Dr Natasha Ezrow is a leading authority on dictatorships and the rise of terrorism.

She has taught American politics for many years and has studied American foreign policy. Her teaching interests focus on international relations and comparative politics, with a particular focus on development and the political climate in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Natasha has worked extensively for the media, appearing on national radio and television – most recently on the sofa for BBC Breakfast.

Areas of expertise relating to the administration

  • Terrorism
  • North Korea
  • The Hispanic vote

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Political Scientist

Dr Royce Carroll

Dr Royce Carroll

Government

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Having just joined our Department of Government from Rice University in Texas, Dr Royce Carroll’s research focuses on legislative politics and the policy making process, including how parliaments interact with the governing bodies of their country, as well as measurement methods in the study of political preferences and ideology.

Areas of expertise relating to the administration

  • Congress; elections to, organisation of and the relationship between the President and Congress
  • How major pieces of American legislation are perceived abroad
  • Political parties

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Psychotherapist

Professor Andrew Samuels

Professor Andrew Samuels

Psychoanalytic Studies

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Professor Andrew Samuels has been involved in previous US presidential elections and is known internationally as an influential commentator on political and social issues from a psychoanalytic standpoint. He was one of the first Professors of Analytical Psychology in the world and is also a Honorary Fellow at the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, having previously served as their Chair.

A practising psychotherapist, Andrew has also worked as an organisational consultant for politicians and political organisations around the world and his research interests include the application of psychoanalytic thinking to politics, the construction of masculinity and the history of Jungian psychology. He has featured in television documentaries on gender and the father, is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze and Start the Week and has had articles and letters published in the Guardian and Independent.

Areas of expertise relating to the administration

  • Leadership
  • Male issues
  • Healthcare issues
  • Violence in society and internationally

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Economist

Professor Eric Smith

Professor Eric Smith

Economics

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Professor Eric Smith is an American who has been in our Department of Economics for over 25 years. During his time at Essex he has held long term visiting positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and numerous American and Canadian Universities.

Eric’s research is primarily concerned with applied and theoretical macroeconomic implications of labour economics – unemployment, wages, productivity and so on. Eric is well versed in working with the media and has previously appeared on BBC Radio 4’s More or Less.

Areas of expertise relating to the administration

  • Macroeconomics - decision making, performance and structure of an economy as a whole
  • Unemployment
  • Wages
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Inequality


Lawyer

Professor Geoff Gilbert

Professor Geoff Gilbert

Law

Human Rights

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Professor Geoff Gilbert is a world-renowned expert in international criminal law, human rights law and refugee law. He has worked regularly with the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency),for almost 25 years, providing advice and training. In 2014 he was awarded $50,000 for a landmark UNHCR project to report on how it could enhance the long-term welfare of millions of refugees worldwide. Professor Gilbert was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law (2002-15) and is Professorial Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Professor Gilbert has extensive national television and radio experience, and has also written for The Conversation.

Areas of expertise relating to the administration

  • Refugee protection and the 'Mexican wall'
  • Integration, rights and voluntary return - the Somali experience in the US
  • The US and refugee protection - resettlement and funding UNHCR
  • Cuban refugees - the future
  • Immigration based profiling
  • Prosecuting international criminals in the US


Human rights expert

Dr Andrew Fagan

Dr Andrew Fagan

Human Rights

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Dr Andrew Fagan has been teaching human rights at Essex since 1998 and is currently Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Human Rights Centre. He has also taught in Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, South East Asia and South America, and was one of the first academics in the world to provide human rights training in Myanmar. He is currently working on a book entitled Human Rights and Cultural Diversity for Edinburgh University Press, due for publication in 2017.

Dr Fagan has national radio experience and has written for The Conversation.

Areas of expertise relating to the administration

  • Ethnicity and race
  • Islamophobia
  • Religious freedom vs freedom of speech
  • Minority rights


History expert

Dr Andrew Priest

Dr Andrew Priest

History

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Dr Andrew Priest Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Essex. He is interested in the connections between domestic and foreign policies in the United States and has edited a book with Andrew Johnstone from the University of Leicester on US presidential elections and American foreign policy, which will be published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2017.

He is writing a book on the United States and the European empires of the late nineteenth century. This is an attempt to explain how American elites, especially Republicans who dominated policymaking after the Civil War, understood and reacted to empires and imperialism, and how these views affected their ideas about the role of the United States in the international system. Online articles include pieces on Vietnam and the history of televised presidential debates in The Conversation.

He has been a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University in Washington DC and an Eccles Fellow in North American Studies at the British Library.

Areas of expertise relating to the administration

  • History of US foreign policy
  • Relationship between domestic and foreign policy
  • Development of the presidency in the US
  • Rise and decline of the 'American empire' and its legacy

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