Russian Hackers, Trolls and #DemocracyRIP

Hosted by the United States Centre

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building


Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania


Professor Peter Trubowitz

Professor Peter Trubowitz

Director, LSE US Centre

The 2016 presidential election that saw Donald Trump elected to the White House was marked by Russian intervention including pro-Trump social media activity and cyberattacks against Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. In this lecture, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center brought together what is known about the impact of the Russian interventions in the 2016 US presidential election, outlined the contours of the #DemocracyRIP Russian plans to undercut the presidency of Hillary Clinton, and asked what’s next and what can we do about it.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center. She has authored or co-authored 16 books, including Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President, which won the 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers. Her paper “Implications of the Demise of ‘Fact’ in Political Discourse” received the American Philosophical Society’s 2016 Henry Allen Moe Prize. Jamieson is a co-founder of and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, which monitors political speech for the misuse of science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association.

Peter Trubowitz (@ptrubowitz) is Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

The LSE's United States Centre (@LSE_US) is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Our mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEDemocracyRIP

This event was held on 27 February 2020 and was part of the US Centre's Phelan Family Lecture Series.



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