Hallway Talks with John Gershman: Dissecting the 2020 Election Rhetorics and False Republican Narratives

By Rhea Almeida and Luisa Portugal

Policy analysis and political hot-takes lead NYU Wagner MPA candidates Rhea Almeida and Luisa Portugal on a journey into the false narratives introduced by members of the Republican Party, and unexpected turn of events involving the upcoming 2020 United States presidential election. NYU Clinical Professor of Public Service John Gershman analyzes the 2020 Republican National Convention held last week, the politics of the Affordable Care Act – known as ObamaCare, the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and much more. He also emphasizes the importance of voting by mail early, and voting altogether. 


0:00: Welcome from Luisa Portugal and Rhea Almeida

1:20: Professor Gershman discusses the political climate, elections, and more.

Guest Speaker

John Gershman is a Clinical Professor of Public Service and the Director of International Capstone Programs at Wagner. He is also a co-founding member of the New York Southeast Asia Network. Previously he was the Director of the Global Affairs Program at the International Relations Center and the Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, a progressive think tank on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. He has worked at a series of nonprofit think tanks since the early 1990s, including the Institute for Food and Development Policy and Partners in Health. He is a co-founder of the New York Southeast Asia Network.


Rhea Almeida is second-year MPA international student at NYU Wagner hailing from Mumbai, India. In the past, she has worked in the fields of policy, advocacy, and development for a women’s working rights group in India. Prior to that, she worked as a TV news journalist in New Delhi. Her areas of interest include workers’ rights, gender equality, grassroot level advocacy and coronavirus response policy. In addition to being contributing editor for The Wagner Review, she serves as senator for the Wagner Student Association, and events chair for the Wagner Policy Alliance. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

Luisa Portugal is a second-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development Management & Policy. She earned an LLM in Constitutional Law and Theory in Brazil. Her main topics of interest are international development, climate change and the coronavirus crisis. Luisa will serve as Co-Chair of Events for the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE) in the upcoming year. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

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