Desmond is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government at the University of Oxford. He is one of the world’s leading experts on US government and politics. He is the author of nineteen books including Obama at the Crossroads (2012), The Unsustainable American State (2010) and The Liberty of Strangers (2005). His most recent book is about the Federal Reserve’s response to the 2008 crisis – Fed Power: How Finance Wins (2016). He has received several awards and has been elected a Fellow of many learned societies including the British Academy, the Royal Irish Academy, the Academia Europaea, the Royal Historical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.