Wright Article in Washington Post: Whether it’s from the Oscars or ‘The Apprentice,’ celebrity candidates get a boost. Here’s how we know.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

Lauren Wright's Monkey Cage article in The Washington Post discusses her research findings about celebrity candidates, with a warning not to underestimate the political advantages of celebrity: 


This weekend’s Academy Awards overflowed with movie stars’ politically charged acceptance speeches. For better or for worse, celebrities are now a normal part of U.S. politics, whether stumping for their favorite presidential candidates, marchingtestifying on Capitol Hill or running for elective office themselves.....if other celebrities attempted to follow in Trump’s footsteps, how likely would they be to succeed?

Lauren A. Wright is Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University at Princeton University,  where she teaches courses on The Presidency and Executive Power, Women and Politics, and Political Communication, and she is a CSDP faculty associate. Star Power: American Democracy in the Age of the Celebrity Candidate (Routledge 2019) identifies and measures the attributes of celebrities that make them well-equipped to win campaigns and yet poorly prepared to govern effectively. Wright is a frequent guest political analyst and has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and MSNBC.