Matthew - Exploring Populism

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, many analysts have tried to deconstruct the forces at play, and understand the emergence of new priorities for candidates across the aisle. One such ideological basis is that of Populism, a political platform that is meant to represent the interests of common people. In 2016, both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump represented different brands of populism. Matthew’s research has focused on understanding the similarities and differences between Populism on the left and right sides of the political spectrum in the areas of the Rust Belt and Appalachia.