UChicago Yuen Campus Hong Kong Presents: Global Alumni “Virtual Drop-In” Presidential Election Event

Kicking off the Global Alumni “Virtual Drop-in” Presidential Election Event is Randall S. Kroszner, Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth. Krosnzer shares insights regarding what a Trump or Biden presidency might mean for the economic outlook and pandemic policy in the coming months.

Following Krosnzer is Zhiguo He, Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance and Jeuck Faculty Fellow at Chicago Booth. He discusses the US election from the perspective of a Chinese citizen and discusses how the election might affect China’s economy.

Matthew Jesse Jackson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, examines COVID-19 and the election through the lens of art. Jackson looks back at the aesthetics of Trump’s presidency and considers how the election result can influence the next four years of artistic development in the US.

Kathleen Cagney, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of the UChicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong, considers the pandemic and the election through a sociological framework. She considers how social interaction has changed during the pandemic and the role Zoom might continue to play in the future.

Michael Franklin, Chair of the Computer Science Department, explored the role of data modelling in voting projections. He highlighted the need for data companies and news organisations to be significantly more cautious in analysing data for this year’s election, particularly in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the spike in early voting, which could cause discrepancies in predictions of electoral votes across the states.

Next is Political Scientist William Howell, who broke down the incumbent governance under the Trump administration; he also examined the short and long-term changes that America would undergo under a new administration led by Joe Biden.

Howell is preceded by Luigi Zingales, an Entrepreneurship and Finance professor at Chicago Booth, who considered the differences in the financial and economic trajectory between a Republican versus Democratic-led America.

Last but not least, are prominent faculty members John List and Dr. Dana Suskind. Speaking together, List gave insights into America’s road to recovery given the pandemic and considered the potential for a significantly different route and timeframe taken under the two administrations. His spouse Dr. Suskind, a professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at UChicago Medicine, touched on the psychological impacts of the pandemic on the population, particularly with children.


Kathleen Cagney
Professor of Sociology and the College
The University of Chicago
Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus

Michael Franklin
Liew Family Chairman of Computer Science
Senior Advisor to the Provost for Computing and Data Science

Zhiguo He
Director of Becker Friedman Institute for Economics in China
Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

William G. Howell
Chair, Department of Political Science
Sidney Stein Professor, Harris School of Public Policy
Director, Center for Effective Government, University of Chicago

Matthew Jesse Jackson
Associate Professor of Art History
Chair, Department of Visual Arts
The University of Chicago

Randall S. Kroszner
Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

John List
The Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College
Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
The University of Chicago

Dr. Dana Suskind
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
UChicago Medicine

Luigi Zingales
Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business