Event Date: September 24, 2020 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
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Presented by the Centre for International Policy Studies
On November 3, Americans will render judgment on Donald Trump and his four years in office. An outstanding panel of Americans from different parts of the country will present a virtual assessment of the state of the presidential campaign, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, and U.S. democracy in the Trump years.
Regina Bateson is a political scientist at the University of Ottawa. She received her PhD from Yale University, with support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Bateson’s work is published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Peace Research, and Comparative Political Studies. At uOttawa, she teaches classes on research methods and violence in Latin America. She previously taught at MIT and worked as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State. In 2017-2018, she moved back to her hometown and ran for Congress in California’s 4th District. She currently lives with her family in Ottawa, ON.
James M. McCormick is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1986-1987 (office of Lee H. Hamilton). He is the author of American Foreign Policy and Process (sixth edition), editor of The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence (seventh edition), and co-editor of Foreign Policy Issues for America: The Trump Years (Routledge, 2020). He has published over 75 articles and chapters on foreign policy and international politics in such journals as World Politics, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Canadian Foreign Policy, and The American Review of Canadian Studies. He was recipient of the Iowa State University Foundation Award for Outstanding Research at Mid-Career in 1990, a Fulbright Senior Award to New Zealand in 1993, the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturer Award to the Philippines in 2003, the Iowa State University International Service Award in 2010, the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association – Midwest in 2011, the ISU Award for Departmental Leadership in 2014, Fullbright Canada Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations in fall 2017, and the inaugural Whitaker-Lindgren Faculty Fellowship in 2018-2019.
David M. Shribman was the executive editor of the Post-Gazette from 2003 to 2019, writes a nationally syndicated column in the United States; prepares a separate column on American affairs for the Globe and Mail, the national newspaper of Canada; is scholar-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University; and in the 2019-2020 academic year is teaching at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at Montreal’s McGill University. He went to Pittsburgh from The Boston Globe where he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief.
Lester Spence is a Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, an award winning scholar, author, and teacher, has published two books (Stare in the Darkness: Hip-hop and the Limits of Black Politics winner of the 2012 W. E. B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award, and Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics, winner of both the Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore Magazine 2016 Best Nonfiction Book Awards and was named to The Atlantic’s 2016 “Best Books We Missed” list), one co-edited journal, over a dozen academic articles and several dozen essays and think pieces in a range of publications including The American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, The New York Times, Jacobin, Salon, and The Boston Review. He is currently at work on two book length projects examining the contemporary AIDS crisis in black communities, and the growing role of police in major American cities.
Christopher W. Bishop is the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the University of Ottawa Centre for International Policy Studies. He also serves as a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. A career U.S. Foreign Service Officer, he is currently on leave from the U.S. Department of State.
He served most recently as First Secretary for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he was the Embassy’s primary analyst of Chinese internal politics and the Communist Party leadership. He has also served overseas in Taiwan, Japan, and Sudan, and in Washington at the Department of State, where he was Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and later to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and pursued advanced studies in history at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He also holds a master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and masters degrees in history from Yale University. He speaks Mandarin, Chinese and Japanese.