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Joseph Lowndes

Department Head, Political Science
Black Studies, IRES, Political Science
Phone: 541-346-1478
Office: 919 PLC
Office Hours: Winter 2024: Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00-1:30
Research Interests: American Political Development, Populism, Racial Politics, Conservatism, Political Culture


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  • “From New Class Critique to White Nationalism: Telos, the Alt Right, and the Origins of Trumpism.” Konturen. Volume 9.
  • “William F. Buckley Jr.: Antiblackness as Anti-Democracy.” James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the American Dream Special Symposium, Journal of American Political Thought. Volume 6, Number 1, Winter 2017.
  • “Parasites of Government: Racial Antistatism and Representations of Public Employees amid the Great Recession.” American Quarterly, Volume 68, No. 4, December 2016  with Daniel Martinez HoSang.  
  • “White Populism and the Transformation of the Silent Majority” The Forum Volume 14, Issue 1, April 2016.
  • “A Democratic Zealot in the Streets and on the Page” in the Symposium: “‘The Most Damage I Can Do’: Joel Olson in Political Theory, Political Critique, and Political Activism” New Political Science, Volume 36, Number 2, pp. 22-24.
  • “Barack Obama’s Body: The Presidency, the Body Politic, and the Contest over American National Identity.” Polity. Volume 45, Issue 4. October 2013.

Book Chapters 

  • “Theorizing Race in the Age of Inequality.”  With Daniel Martinez HoSang. Book chapter for Race Post-Race: Culture, Critique, and the Color Line. Edited by Roopali Mukherjee, Sarah Weiser-Benet, Herman Gray. Duke University Press, pp. 37 - 56.  
  • “Populism and Race in the United States from George Wallace to Donald Trump.” The Routledge International Handbook of Global Populism. Edited by Carlos De la Torre. Routledge Press, pp. 190 – 200.
  • “US Populism.” Oxford Handbook of Populism. Edited by Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser, Pierre Ostiguy, Paul Taggart, Oxford University Press. 2017.
  • “American Politics.” The Routledge Handbook of Interpretive Political Science. Edited by Mark Bevir and R.A. Rhodes. Routledge Press. 2015
  • “From Birmingham to Baghdad:  The Micro Politics of Regime Change” (with Victoria Hattam) in Berk, Galvan, Hattam, eds. Political Creativity: New Approaches to Institutional Diversity and Change. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.
  • “The Past and Future of Race in the Tea Party Movement” in Steep: Vertiginous Rise of the Tea Party. Edited by Christine Trost and Lawrence Rosenthal. University of California Press, 2012.  

Works in Progress:

  • White Whale: Race, Populism and the Destructive Power of Middle America
  • Forces of Victory: Race Today and the Forging of Black British Antifascism