Understanding US Governance with John Gershman & Ana Raymundo

By NYU Office of Global Services and Ana Raymundo MPA ’21

In this two-part Explainer series, a historical context of the US 2020 elections is discussed by breaking down the complexity of American governance and political systems. In Part I, Ana Raymundo, an NYU Wagner MPA candidate, talks with policy expert Professor John Gershman to analyze the emergence of the Republican and Democratic parties in America, the distribution of state and federal powers, and the different roles of Congress and Senate. They examine pathways for international students and election-onlookers to engage with the intricacies of these systems better.

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[00:00] Welcome from NYU Office of Global Services.

[01:42] Ana Raymundo begins facilitating a conversation with professor John Gershman about US governments and democracy.

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.


Ana Maria Raymundo is a second-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in Public Policy Analysis. She spent six years working in the Philippine government and has additional professional experience in social protection and poverty reduction programs. She is passionate about discovering solutions to social problems, especially those that affect marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

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