Dr. Brian Klaas is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London and a columnist for The Washington Post. Klaas is also a frequent television commentator and political consultant. He is also the host of the Power Corrupts podcast. In his lecture, he will discuss topics such as executive power, individual rights, the electoral process, and civic mobilization within the context of the pandemic.
Dr. Klaas is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, and elections. He is the author of three books: "The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Drumpf's Attack on Democracy", "The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy,” and "How to Rig an Election" co-authored with Professor Nic Cheeseman. His next book “Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us” will be released in Fall 2021.
Dr. Klaas has extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and United States politics. He has conducted field research, interviewing prime ministers, presidents, ministers, rebels, coup plotters, dissidents, and torture victims in an array of countries, including Madagascar, Thailand, Tunisia, Belarus, Côte d'Ivoire, Zambia, and Latvia.
His writing and research has also recently been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, the Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, Newsweek, The Telegraph, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, and many other publications.