PSA Annual Lecture 2020: The 2020 US Elections and the Future of American Democracy

Date: 25th November 2020

Time: 18.30 GMT

Join the Political Studies Association in celebrating their 70th Anniversary with an Annual Lecture presented by Pippa Norris, who is the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project.

Pippa will be providing a lecture on "The 2020 US Elections and the Future of American Democracy" following a welcome introduction. The event will then move to a Q&A (in conversation) led by the BBC's Huw Edwards. This will provide attendees with the opportunity to submit questions to Pippa following the lecture.

The event will take place via Zoom Webinar and is free to attend.


Pippa Norris

Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Pippa Norris is a comparative political scientist who has taught at Harvard for more than a quarter century. She is the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Founding Director of the Electoral Integrity Project, Director of the Global Party Survey, Co-Director of the TrustGov Project and on the Executive of the World Values Survey.

Her research compares public opinion and elections, political institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide.  She is ranked the 5th most cited political scientist worldwide, according to Google scholar. Major career honors include, amongst others, the Skytte prize, IPSA’s Karl Deutsch award, fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, APSA’s Charles Merriam award and the Samuel Eldersfeld lifetime achievement award, and the PSA’s Sir Isaiah Berlin award, as well as several book awards and honorary doctorates. Publications in 2019 include books on Electoral Integrity in America for OUP and Cultural Backlash for CUP. New books are under development on In Praise of Skepticism: Trust but Verify (for the ESRC-funded TrustGov project) and on Authoritarian Legitimacy.  For full details, see her biography

Huw Edwards

Presenter, BBC Ten O’Clock News

Broadcaster Huw Edwards, a graduate of Cardiff University, has been a television journalist for 30 years. He presents BBC News at Ten, Britain's most-watched news programme, and combines his studio duties with global reporting assignments.

In recent years, Huw has presented the main ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games; he anchored the BBC coverage of the Royal Wedding (awarded a BAFTA for Best Coverage of a Live Event); he led coverage of the inauguration of President Obama; his recent series The Story of Wales was the first television history of Wales for 25 years and has won several awards. Huw spent 12 years reporting politics for BBC News during a period which included Margaret Thatcher's downfall and the rise of Tony Blair.

Huw is the BBC's voice at Trooping the Colour, the Festival of Remembrance, and the State Opening of Parliament. He has also presented a range of programmes on history and classical music on BBC Four, BBC Two, Radio 3, Radio 4 and S4C. His projects have included documentaries on David Lloyd George, Gladstone and Disraeli, and Owain Glyndwr.

Huw was brought up in Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, and attended Llanelli Grammar School. He graduated in French from Cardiff University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University, Swansea University, and the University of Wales, Lampeter; and he holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Glamorgan. He is also Honorary Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. He lives in London with his wife and five children.

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