What Studying Putin’s Russia Can Teach Us about the United States: Masculinity, Misogyny and U.S. Elections in the Trump Era

Oct. 1, 2020, 12:30-1:45pm

Join Harvard's Davis Center for an online event on similarities between Vladimir Putin's and Donald Trump's respective governing styles.

Vladimir Putin has long been known for his macho displays, and Donald Trump for his misogynist pronouncements. In both the U.S. and Russia, machismo and misogyny play fundamental roles in politics; the former is used to legitimize particular politicians as strong leaders, and the latter to undermine opponents as weak. In their lecture, while drawing parallels to Russia, Professors Robert Boatright and Valerie Sperling will focus on their new book about masculinity and misogyny in the U.S. political context, exploring how Donald Trump’s misogyny in the 2016 presidential race changed the way Congressional campaigns were waged in 2016 and 2018 and how the Trump factor is likely to affect the 2020 elections.


Valerie Sperling, professor of political science, Clark University; center associate, Davis Center

Robert G. Boatwright, professor and chair, political science department, Clark University

Rochelle Ruthchild (moderator), resident scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University; center associate, Davis Center