The campaigns of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were built on populist messages that framed the election as a choice between the interests of the working class and “elites.” But who are these so called elites? Florida International University Professor Jerry Haar suggests that current day populists themselves may in fact be the new elites. He shares his thoughts on the emerging political landscape in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Jerry Haar, a Public Policy Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, is professor and former associate dean and director of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center in Florida International University’s College of Business Administration. He is also a senior research fellow at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and a Research Affiliate of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies. He has held visiting appointments at Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, Columbia and Stanford, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil. Dr. Haar also served as Director of Washington Programs for the Council of the Americas. He completed graduate study at Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Harvard and has authored numerous articles and books including Winning Strategies for the New Latin Markets, Can Latin America Compete? Small Firms, Global Markets, and The Future of Entrepreneurship in Latin America, and Innovation in Emerging Markets (forthcoming). He has consulted for multinational firms, small enterprises, and governmental organizations.  

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.