About the Online Panel Discussion
Our panel discusses the outcome of the midterm elections and evaluates the results. Recession, abortion rights, gun control, gas prices, climate change, American democracy at risk: Which issues have determined the outcome? How did individual candidates perform at the polls and who has won the most contested seats? How have voting rights regulations and redistricting (i.e. gerrymandering) impacted the elections? What are the implications of the midterm results for transatlantic relations? And what will happen now to Joe Biden's agenda?
These are questions we will discuss in our YouTube livestream with:
Jennifer Cassidy (University of Oxford)
Katja Ridderbusch (Independent Journalist based in Atlanta)
Marion McKeone (Journalist, Business Post)
Liam Kennedy (Clinton Institute, University College Dublin)
Heike Paul (BAA, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Photo: Stickers "I voted" ©Element5 Digital / unsplash.com
About the Speakers
Dr Jennifer A. Cassidy is a diplomatic scholar at the University of Oxford, where she lectures on Diplomacy and International Law, Digital Diplomacy, and Gender and Diplomacy. Her PhD (2017) from the University of Oxford focused on the emerging discipline of Digital Diplomacy. With a specific focus on the changing nature of digital diplomatic signalling and online strategic narratives during times of political crisis. Jennifer produced the first edited volume on Gender and Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Routledge). Prior to teaching, Jennifer served as a diplomatic attaché to Ireland's Permanent Mission to the United Nations (New York), European External Action Service to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Headquarters during the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Jennifer also contributes regularly to media commentary, including the BBC, Sky News, ABC Australia and The Irish Times. She speaks on issues of digital diplomacy, Brexit implications, Cyber War, and evolving nature of technological multinational companies in the global sphere.
Marion McKeone is U.S. foreign correspondent with Ireland's Business Post. Before that she was U.S. editor for the Sunday Tribune. She has also written for the Guardian, the New York Times and the Irish Times. She broadcasts a regular U.S. slot on national radio in Ireland. Marion has covered all the major political stories in the U.S., from 9/11 through the Trump presidency.
Katja Ridderbusch is an independent journalist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She reports for news media in the U.S. and Germany, with bylines in WELT, Spiegel, Time, Deutschlandfunk, The Washington Post, NPR and USA Today. Her stories focus on law enforcement, criminal justice and health care in the United States.
Moderator Liam Kennedy
Liam Kennedy is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin. He is the author/editor of eleven books on American culture, politics and foreign policy. Recent edited publications include Trump’s America (2020) and the Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy (2021). He is co-founder of the media platform America Unfiltered.
Moderator Heike Paul
Heike Paul holds the Chair of American Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and is a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2003/2004 she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dartmouth College, and the Thomas Mann House. Her research interests include the sentimental in literature, culture, and politics; gender studies; contemporary American literature; cultural mobility; tacit knowledge; and African American and African Canadian literature and history. She is the author of The Myths That Made America (Transcript, 2014) and Amerikanischer Staatsbürgersentimentalismus (American Civil Sentimentalism, Wallstein, 2021). In 2018, she was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. Since 2017 she is the director of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA), she joined the board of the BAA in 2007.