Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars

The Trump Phenomenon

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Professor David Greenberg, SAS-History
M 1:10-4:10P
Honors College Rm S124
College Ave Campus


Will Count Towards SAS - History Major and Minor

The surprise election of Donald Trump has created an urgent need to reexamine American history and current politics to understand what forces brought us here. The historically unprecedented nature of Trump’s election hardly requires restatement: In defiance of virtually all polling and expert prediction, the nation elected its first president completely lacking in political or military experience; unschooled in policy and uninterested in articulating a detailed program beyond a few demagogic promises; fervently resisted by many if not most of the leading voices in his own political party, as well as the opposition; heedless of all the rules and conventions of not just politics but of civil society; and infamous for personal and public behaviors that cast doubt on his honesty, competence, respect for law, and even mental stability. The nation has plunged into uncharted waters to an extent not seen since the election of 1860, which precipitated the Civil War. “The Trump Phenomenon,” seeks to examine closely the historical, ideological, political and social forces at work in the United States and the world.

DAVID GREENBERG is a Professor of History and also of Journalism & Media Studies.  His specialty is U.S. political history.  He has taught at Rutgers since 2004 and has also taught at Yale and Columbia.  His newest book is Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency. Before entering academia, Prof. Greenberg was managing editor and acting editor of The New Republic and he still writes for publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review, and Politico, where he has a regular column.