August 11, 2020: Germany/The Netherlands

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 is the third lecture in the international virtual lecture series titled “Populism and the Pandemic- A Comparative Perspective”, which 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). A Recording of this lecture is available below.

*September 2020 will host 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.


Marcel Lewandowsky, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for European Studies of the University of Florida. His research focuses mainly on populist parties in international comparison, particularly their interplay with democracy, their voters and ideology, their elites and the reactions of mainstream parties to the populist challenge. His is currently working on the forthcoming, “The Upsurge of Right-wing Populism in Germany” In: Irina Khmelko, Frederick Stapenhurst, and Michael L. Mezey (eds.), The Rise of Populism and the Decline of Legislatures?, Routledge: London (with Julia Schwanholz, Christoph Leonhardt, and Andreas Blätte).


Sarah de Lange, Professor by special appointment at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2016 she holds the Dr. J.M. Den Uyl chair, a chair established by by the Wiardi Beckman Foundation. Her main research interests concern parties, party families, and party systems, with a special interest in the rise of radicalism, populism, and extremism.  Sarah de Lange is is currently working on a project funded by the NWO entitled ‘Generational differences in determinants of party choice’. The project examines how the mechanisms that explain voting behavior differ between younger and older generations.