Lecture and discussion

How united is the United States?

Issues, polarisation, and post-election expectations in American society

Jocelyn Kiley of the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center will present the Center’s post-US-election research. The introdcued data includes information on a wide range of political, economic, and social issues with significant domestic and international impact, such as why Americans voted as they did; the degree of US political polarisation; societal divisions by education level, generation, and race; expectations of and priorities for the Trump administration; and confidence in the new president.


Jocelyn Kiley is Associate Director of US-political research at Pew Research Center, where she primarily works on U.S. public opinion about politics. She is a principal investigator on the Center’s ongoing work on political polarisation in the American public, as well as its regular election and public policy polling. Prior to joining Pew Research Center in 2008, Kiley worked in research and evaluation for several media and governmental organisations. She has a Master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Harvard University. Kiley regularly discusses the Center’s findings with the news media and outside audiences.


Mark Kayser is Professor of Applied Methods and Comparative Politics at the Hertie School of Governance. His research primarily focuses on elections and political economy. Kayser’s major projects centre on partisan asymmetries in electoral accountability, media reporting on the economy, and the effect of electoral competitiveness on incumbent behaviour.