Dr. Lauren A. Wright is a Lecturer in Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she teaches courses on The Presidency and Executive Power, Women and Politics, and Political Communication. Wright is also the author of On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today (Praeger, 2016). Wright is a contributor to The Hill and The Huffington Post and her writing has frequently appeared in The Washington Post. Her commentary has also been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Houston Chronicle, Newsweek, The New York Daily News, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and US News and World Report. She is a frequent guest political analyst and has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Wright's research interests include presidential politics, public opinion, and public and private sector communications strategy. She currently serves as Strategic Communications Director at NV5 Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVEE) and is a board member of The White House Transition Project. Wright received a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in 2014. Before that, she was a Field Representative for Meg Whitman's campaign for governor of California.
Lauren Wright has written a timely and important book. A reality game show host is in the Oval Office amid speculation of other glitterati considering a challenge. Wright raises the critical question of whether the skills of celebrities have any relevance to those required for political leadership and governance. A Princeton University lecturer, she combines the rigorous research of an academic intellectual with a keen understanding of practical politics gleaned from her participation and earlier writings. This is must reading for anyone interested in political leadership today. - Albert R. Hunt, former Washington Bureau Chief and Executive Editor of The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News It was perhaps inevitable that in a culture as obsessed with celebrity as ours, we would someday end up with one in the White House. Is Donald Trump an aberration and a corrective, or a sign of things to come? Lauren Wright explores how the world of politics and celebrity have become so intertwined, and where this may be taking us. - Karen Tumulty, Columnist, The Washington Post Lauren Wright has written the opening salvo to the age of celebrity politics. Set within a historic framework, her study combines her own research, scholarly literature, and astute analysis to warn Americans of the very dangers the framers feared when they created the US Constitution: demagoguery, ill-informed decision making, and self-interested, autocratic rule. Who's to blame and what do we do about It? Read Wright's innovative, well written and thought-provoking book to find out. - Stephen J. Wayne, Georgetown University Donald Trump wasn't the first celebrity to win an election, and he won't be the last. Lauren Wright helps explain why celebrities run for office and why many voters will support them. Her conclusion is a troubling one: Celebrities have the tools to entertain voters, but not the tools to govern effectively. This is a timely and important book. - John Sides, George Washington University