The New Minority: White Working Class Voters
and the Reorientation of American Politics


Please join us for discussion with

Justin Gest (PhD 2010 Government)
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government and
Author of The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality


Thursday, March 2nd, 2017


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Four Times Square
New York, NY (map)


Reception to follow.


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$10 for AFLSE Members/$20 non-members.
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About the Talk
President Donald Trump's appeal to the frustrations of white working class people has reshaped the American political landscape. Professor Justin Gest (PhD 2010) will discuss the dynamics of his paradoxical appeal and the prospects for Democrats and Republicans in the future.

About the Speaker
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.

In the field of minority political behavior, his earlier research focused on Muslim political behavior in Western democracies. This work was collected in Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2010). He recently published a follow-up study that applies his conclusions to white working class people. This work is entitled The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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.


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