This event is part of the Rothermere American Institute’s ‘America Decides’ series of election events, supported by the U.S. Embassy in London.
Wesley Lowery is a journalist at CBS News. He previously worked at the Washington Post where he led the led the newspaper’s ‘Fatal Force’ project which investigated fatal police shootings. This project was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. He has been named by the National Association of Black Journalists as the ‘Emerging Journalist of the Year’. He is the author of They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement (Hachette).
Maria Givens is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in northern Idaho and serves as the Communications and Public Relations Director for the Native American Agriculture Fund. She has worked as a freelance journalist on tribal political issues and native food systems, and her writing has appeared in publications including Vox. She has worked for the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Health Board, and US Senator Jeff Merkley.
Nazita Lajevardi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. Her work investigates the politically consequential sociopolitical behaviours and attitudes of the American public toward members of marginalised communities. She is the author of Outsiders at Home: The Politics of American Islamophobia (Cambridge University Press). In 2021-2 she will be the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government at the Rothermere American Institute.