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Justin Gest - The New Minority: The White Working Class Revolt in America and Europe

The CEU Campus
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

cordially invites you to a lecture by

Justin Gest

(George Mason University)

The New Minority: The White Working Class Revolt in America and Europe

Once in the political center, today white working class people have drifted to the margins and are transforming American and European politics. How did this happen? And what could possibly lead a group with such enduring numerical power to, in many instances, consider themselves a "minority" in the countries they once defined? In this lecture, Justin Gest reports findings from original surveys and full-immersion fieldwork among the white working class people of once thriving industrial cities to draw impactful conclusions about their political behavior. He makes the case that tension between the vestiges of white working class power and its perceived loss have produced the unique phenomenon of their radicalization.

Tuesday, 28 November at 6 p.m.
Nádor 15 Tiered 103

Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, minority political behavior, and immigration policy. From 2010 to 2014, Professor Gest was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in Harvard University's Department of Government. In 2014, he received the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, Harvard's highest award for teaching. In 2013, he received the 2013 Star Family Prize for Student Advising, Harvard's highest award for student advising. From 2007 to 2010, while a doctoral student, he co-founded and served as the co-director of the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is a product of Los Angeles Unified School District's University High School in West Los Angeles, where he grew up. He later earned his bachelor's degree in Government at Harvard University and his PhD in Government from the LSE.