President Biden's First Year: success or failure?

Hosted by the Phelan US Centre

Online public event


Professor Jacob Hacker

Professor Jacob Hacker

Dr Ursula Hackett

Dr Ursula Hackett

Professor G John Ikenberry

Professor G John Ikenberry

Mark Landler

Mark Landler

Professor Paula D McClain

Professor Paula D McClain


Professor Peter Trubowitz

Professor Peter Trubowitz

Leading experts on the United States take stock of the Biden administration’s first year in office and the road ahead.

Has President Biden made good on his core campaign promises concerning the pandemic, the economy, and race, inequality, and climate change? Will the Democrats take a drubbing in November’s midterm elections? 

Meet our speakers and chair

Jacob S Hacker (@Jacob_S_Hacker) is Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science and a resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. An expert on American politics and policy, he is the author or co-author of more than a half-dozen books, numerous journal articles, and a wide range of popular writings. His latest book, written with Paul Pierson, is Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality (2020). A regular policy advisor and expert commentator, Professor Hacker is known for his writings on health policy, especially his development of the so-called public option. 

Ursula Hackett (@UrsulaBHackett) is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her Cambridge University Press book America's Voucher Politics: How Elites Learned to Hide the State won the 2021 Education Politics and Policy Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association. She has published her research in journals such as Policy Studies Journal, Studies in American Political Development, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Politics and Religion. Her research encompasses American Political Development, federalism, public policymaking, education, and religion and politics. 

G John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the School of Public and International Affairs.  Ikenberry is also a Global Eminence Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea. In 2018-2019, Ikenberry was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University. In 2013-2014, Ikenberry was the 72nd Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol College, Oxford. Ikenberry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mark Landler (@MarkLandler) is the London bureau chief of The New York Times. In 27 years at The Times, he has been bureau chief in Hong Kong and Frankfurt, White House correspondent, diplomatic correspondent, European economic correspondent, and a business reporter in New York. He is the author of Alter Egos, a comparative study of the foreign policy of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Paula D McClain (@pauladmcclain) is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor of Public Policy and Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Duke University. She is a scholar of Race, Ethnicity and Politics (REP).  Her work with her graduate students established one of the foundational research areas in the subfield of Race, Ethnicity and Politics (REP)— inter-minority group relations. She is past president of the American Political Science Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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

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