Last Call: The Front National and the French Elections

Who is Emmanuel Macron? Who is Marine Le Pen? How will the voters split among Macron and Le Pen in the run-off? How have the waves of refugees impacted the French political system? What does this election mean to them?  What role does Russia play? Find out the future of France and the fate of the EU at our final event of the year.

Wednesday, April 26, 3:00 pm.
Policy Lab, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania.

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The New York Times Real-Time Analysis of the Election

Philip Ayoub is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2013, after obtaining a B.A. from the University of Washington and M.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Cornell University. He also spent a year as Max Weber Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. Dr. Ayoub’s research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, engaging with literature on transnational politics, gender and politics, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. He is particularly interested in how the transnational mobilization of marginalized peoples and international channels of visibility influence socio-legal change across states.

Lydie Moudileno is a  Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature and the Undergraduate Chair of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a PhD in French from the University of California at Berkeley.  She is also the former Director of the Penn African Studies Center. She has been a visiting professor at UCLA, UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Université Paris 13, Queen’s University and the Johns Hopkins University. Her research and publications focus on contemporary fiction with a connection to the (former) French colonies, including the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and hexagonal France. She is currently working on a book project on French Atlantic icons of the twentieth-century.

Mitchell Orenstein, a staple at PTESC events,  is a scholar of international politics focusing on the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, pension privatization worldwide, and the role of policy paradigms in economic reform.  His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy, employing a problem-driven research approach based on asking big, policy-relevant questions and answering them through carefully designed, in-depth field research. His book Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle, co-authored with Dena Ringold and Erika Wilkens, is a seminal study of Roma poverty, sociology, and public health.  It won the Voter’s Choice Award for the most innovative analytical and advisory activity and the World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair in 2004.  He most recently appeared as a participant on the Black Russian/White Russian Panel.