April 13, 2021: Philippines/Indonesia

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Sponsored by the Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence for Comparative Populism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Political Science Institute at the University of Brasília.

This international virtual lecture series titled “Populism and the Pandemic- A Comparative Perspective” investigates the response of populists in different countries to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lectures will be held every second Tuesday of the month* at 11 am US Central Daylight Time (CDT)/13.00 Brasília, Brazil (GMT-3)/18.00 Brussels, Belgium (CEST). Please note that the US and Europe have returned to daylight saving time.

*September 2020 hosted two talks, one on September 8th and the other on September 29th.

Registration is required for each lecture, and registration forms will become available on the event page for each event as the date of the event approaches. A maximum of 250 participants are allowed on the platform.



Paul Kenny is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political and Social Change at Australian National University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Yale University in 2013.His research interests include several areas of comparative politics and political economy including of populism, corruption, and identity politics.

His first book, Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2017) won the American Political Science Association’s 2018 Robert A. Dahl Award. His second book, Populism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2019), examines the political economy of populism in the region. Kenny is currently working on two projects: Killing Democracy: Rodrigo Duterte and the War on Drugs in the Philippines examines the relationships between populism, public opinion, and illiberalism surrounding the ongoing war on drugs in the Philippines; The Economics of Populism: Charismatic Leadership from Ancient Greece to the Age of Trump uses the tools of microeconomics to explain the occurrence of populism over time.




Dr. Eunsook Jung is an Assistant Dean in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research interests lie in the field of comparative politics, and include Islam and politics, religion and politics, social movements, politics of Indonesia, and politics of Korea. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. Her publications appear on Contemporary Southeast Asia, South East Asia Research, Asian Journal of Social Science and in other outlets.