Prof. Gary Murphy chatted with Prof. Bob Schmuhl on Fireside chat and discussed upcoming 2020 US Presidential Elections

Coming to terms with Donald Trump and the 2020 US Presidential Campaign: A Fireside Chat with Prof. Bob Schmuhl

As the 2020 US Presidential race reaches fever pitch, Professor Gary Murphy, Dublin City University, spoke with renowned US Presidency expert, Professor Bob Schmuhl, University of Notre Dame on coming to terms with Donald Trump and the US Election Campaign. This virtual fireside chat was recorded live on Wednesday 21 October, 2020 - Click here to listen back to the podcast.

Introducing the chat, Professor Daire Keogh, President of DCU, said it would provide us with an opportunity to engage with the issues at stake in the US election on 3 November. “It has been characterised as a battle for the soul of a nation,” he said.

Professor Robert Schmuhl is a renowned expert on the American Presidency on both sides of the Atlantic and a regular contributor to RTÉ radio and TV and the Irish Independent on American politics.

He is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He is author or editor of over a dozen books, including “Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality,” which describes the rise of the personality through the media in contemporary politics, and “Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power.”

His latest book "The Glory and the Burden: The American Presidency from FDR to Trump" was published to much acclaim by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2019.

The podcast is available here on