We the Populists: A Conversation with David Leonhardt

Date(s) - 01/17/19
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Quadrangle Club, University of Chicago

Hosted by
Institute of Politics

Thu, January 17, 2019 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM


populism (n.) – a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups

Since Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, “populism” has become a buzzword in political analysis. (You can even take a quiz to find out how populist you are!) But what exactly does American populism look like, and how does it differ on the left and on the right?

Who are these “ordinary people,” and how are they voting? Is the average American much more economically liberal – and socially conservative – than previously assumed? How should 2020 presidential hopefuls position themselves to harness populist energy?

Join the IOP and and the Stigler Center as we welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist David Leonhardt for a deep dive into populism in America. Prior to becoming an opinion writer for The New York Times, Mr. Leonhardt was the founding editor of the Times’s Upshot section. He has also served as Washington bureau chief.

This conversation will be moderated by Luigi Zingales. Mr. Zingales is a professor at the Booth School of Business, Director of the Stigler Center, and co-host of Capitalisn’t.