First Reflections on President Trump: A Roundtable

Reading time

Overnight on Tuesday 8th November 2016 a political earthquake took place in the United States when Donald Trump was successfully elected the 45th President of the United States. His campaign, transition and first days in office have successively forced historians to reflect anew on what we thought were established norms of US politics. In particular, Trump has called into question the legitimacy of such doctrines as a free press, the separation of powers and judicial independence, and equal rights. He has also asserted presidential powers with surprising force given Republican control of Congress and previous reservations about Obama’s exercise of said powers. In rhetoric and reality he challenges principles of racial and gender equality which appeared on their way to becoming norms. Historians can assist in comprehending these shifts by putting Trump into the context of his predecessors.

Join us for first reflections on Trump on Mon 20th Feb 2017, 6pm, David Chiddick Building – DCB1101. Booking not required

Contributions from:

Dr Andrew Defty (University of Lincoln)
Dr Andrew Heath (University of Sheffield)
Dr Sinead McEneaney (University of St Mary’s, Twickenham)
Dr Finn Pollard (University of Lincoln)
Chair: Professor Krista Cowman (University of Lincoln)

Staff, students and members of the public all welcome

If you have something you would like us to post here, please email:

About the Author


137 Articles

About the Author


30 Articles