Fulbright New Zealand invites you to hear alumnus Dr Jon Johansson speak about this year’s American presidential election.
5.40pm, Thursday 21 April 2016
LT2, Old Government Buildings
Victoria University of Wellington
In this lecture Dr Johansson will examine the breadth of presidential history to help contextualize the highly unusual 2016 presidential election cycle. President Obama’s nascent legacy will be canvassed to ground a discussion about his location in political time, Obama’s moment in history in other words, with ramifications for both the General Election, the prospects of the likely Republican and Democratic nominees, and the difficult context facing the 45th president.
Dr Jon Johansson was Fulbright’s Visiting Scholar to Georgetown University, in Washington D.C., in 2009, during President Obama’s first year in office. He teaches American Politics at Victoria University and has commented widely on US politics, across media platforms, for many years, most recently in a ‘Listener’ cover story about the 2016 primaries.
In 2014 Dr. Johansson published ‘U.S. Leadership in Political Time and Space: Pathfinders, Patriots and Existential Heroes,’ a monograph exploring American-styled leadership by ‘citizen office holders,’ from the revolutionary era through to today. He is currently working on a new monograph about Presidents John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon – the only four presidents to serve as Representative, Senator and Vice President – entitled ‘The Choice: Of Nature, Bullets & Men – Vice Presidential Performance in the White House.‘