Election 2016

Stanford and visiting scholars offer insight and perspectives on Election 2016 and the future under a new president.

Stanford scholars bring imaginative, new approaches to solving issues that our society faces. During the 2016 election, this collective knowledge offered insight for voters. With the elections over, our focus now turns to the future under a Donald Trump presidency. What, for instance, is the future for the Supreme Court, the economy, energy and environmental policy? This page also features content from Wide Angle, a project that offered scholarly, nonpartisan perspectives on the forces that shaped the election.

How will the election affect the economy?

Stanford economists John Taylor and John Cochrane offer their thoughts on the state of the U.S. economy and job growth and how it may look under President-Elect Donald Trump.

How will the election affect key legal issues?

Weighing in after the election of Donald Trump, Stanford Law School faculty look at the Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act, executive power, race and birtherism, the Affordable Care Act, reproductive rights, marriage equality, the Electoral College, poverty law, the Rust Belt vote, the future of Dodd Frank, corporate governance, gun control and climate change.

How will the election affect policy toward the environment?

Seven Stanford energy and environmental policy scholars – Rob Jackson, Charles Kolstad, Deborah Sivas, Noah Diffenbaugh, Chris Field, Katharine Mach and John Weyant – suggest what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for such issues as U.S. participation in international agreements, environmental regulation and the Keystone Pipeline.

How can people move past anger after the election?

Fred Luskin, lecturer in wellness education in the Health and Human Performance unit of Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, offers his thoughts on forgiveness.

What is the future for energy policies?

Stanford faculty members Burton Richter, Dan Reicher and Frank Wolak, who are experts in energy policy, law and infrastructure, discuss the future of energy under a Donald Trump presidency.

How might the election affect Obamacare?

Stanford Health Policy faculty members Michelle Mello, David Studdert and Laurence Baker discuss repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it could affect health coverage in the United States.

What are the ethical obligations of U.S. presidents?

Legal historian and ethics expert Robert W. Gordon discusses potential challenges facing President-elect Donald Trump, a businessman with holdings and interests across the country and around the globe.

What is the future of the U.S.-Russia relationship?

Reality stands in the way of a quickly transformed U.S.-Russia relationship, says Stanford historian Norman Naimark.

What are the health effects of legalizing marijuana?

Robert MacCoun, a professor of law and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, relays the potential risks and benefits of legalizing marijuana.

What is the future of the EPA?

Environmental law experts Deborah Sivas and Michael Wara discuss the future of the Environmental Protection Agency under the president-elect’s pick to head the agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

What is the future of the U.S.-China relationship?

Questions arise in advance of the incoming administration of Donald Trump; Stanford experts offer their perspective.

Wide Angle Election 2016 logo

Wide Angle: Election 2016 will tap experts from Stanford and beyond for scholarly analysis and insights on the forces shaping the election and the challenges ahead. The ongoing series of 3-minute videos and interviews with Stanford faculty and guests is designed to help us understand what is new, different and unique about this moment in history.

Popping the filter bubble

The rise of filter bubbles and un-civil discourse on social media demands a stronger ethos of responsibility on the part of media platforms and all consumers of information, says Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media.

When force becomes the easy option

As the U.S. military has become leaner, cheaper and less white, it’s more likely to be used as a tool of foreign policy, says Stanford historian David Kennedy. View Q&A with David Kennedy (PDF)

Messages from the middle class

Those surprised by the 2016 election outcomes had ignored widespread middle-class concerns about inequality, economic opportunity and frustration with Washington, D.C., says Stanford political science Professor Rob Reich.

A media mea culpa

The media focused too much on polls, data and the “bright, shining comments of the day” rather than on the voices of the people and the candidates’ policies, says Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus.

More Wide Angle election 2016 coverage

Election 2016 News

Stanford scholars offer expert analysis on election year politics and issues.

A way forward on health care reform

Congress is moving to end the Affordable Care Act. Economist Alain Enthoven, an expert on health care finance, offers what should happen next.

Empathy, respect for one another critical to ease political polarization, Stanford sociologist says

The key to bridging the broad ideological division in the United States is for both sides to work on understanding the core values that the other holds dear.

Stanford study examines fake news and the 2016 presidential election

Fabricated stories favoring Donald Trump were shared 30 million times, but the most widely circulated hoaxes were seen by only a small fraction of Americans.

The role public understanding of science played in this election and may play in the future

We’re living in a golden age of science communication, but too many people are missing out, says Thomas Hayden, director of the master’s degree program in environmental communications.

More election 2016 news

Election 2016 Lectures

Election 2016

Election 2016 attempts, with the help of experts, to make sense of an election that defies all historical precedent and to take stock of the health of American democracy.

Each week the class examines major topics at stake in the election and for the country: strategies and tactics in modern political campaigning, existential security threats to the United States, inequality and opportunity, tomorrow’s workplace, and the future of democracy.

The course is taught by history Professor David M. Kennedy, political science Professor Rob Reich, Jim Steyer, and Glory Liu, and offered to Stanford students as well as Stanford Continuing Studies students.

Video capture of the panel discussions are being made available to the public as a lecture series on Stanford’s YouTube and iTunes channels through the assistance of the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning.

Presidential Politics: Race, Gender, and Inequality in the 2016 Election

Presidential Politics: Race, Gender, and Inequality in the 2016 Election is offered to Stanford students through the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. The course explores how issues of race, class, and gender have shaped the candidates, campaigns, and society, and offers analysis that spans the presidential race beginning with the announcement of more than ten presidential hopefuls to the current race between the two major party nominees. Taught by Tomas Jimenez, Paula Moya, and Gary Segura, the course also offers an option for Community Engaged Learning — an opportunity to connect coursework with real world applications that benefit the community. Students who pursue this option spend additional hours working with a community organization doing work related to the November election, and reflecting upon their experiences.

Video capture of the course’s panel discussions are being made available to the public as a lecture series on Stanford’s YouTube and iTunes channels, with assistance from the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning.