Like many people, I was alarmed by the rise of Donald Trump and have sought to apply my historical training to try to understand where Trump and Trumpism came from.  I have written about Trump’s victory as resulting from undemocratic features of the American political system, about his immigration policies from my perspective as an American immigrant to Ireland, and pondered how to think and feel about Trump’s supporters.

This September, I am co-organizing a workshop with Jennie Sutton, “From Enoch Powell to Donald Trump,” that looks at the historical roots of connections between white nationalists in the U.S., Britain, and the British Empire to try to understand the conjoined successes of Trump and Brexit.