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Joseph Lowndes - University of Oregon. Eugene, OR, US

Joseph Lowndes

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science | University of Oregon

Eugene, OR, United-States

Expert on conservativism, the Tea Party, social movements, the GOP, race and elections



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Joseph Lowndes is an expert on conservativism, the Tea Party, social movements, the GOP, race and elections. At the University of Oregon, Joe is an associate professor of political science, where he teaches courses on U.S. politics, racial politics, political culture, and American political thought. He studies how political movements, like the Tea Party, come to be, and the role of race and gender in politics. Joe is the author of “From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism,” and co-editor of “Race and American Political Development.”

Areas of Expertise (6)

Conservatism Republicans Race Tea Party Social Movements Elections

Media Appearances (10)

Joseph Lowndes: 'Some far-right groups want a growing racial conflict in the US'

France 24  tv


Joseph Lowndes is a political scientist at the University of Oregon and a nationally respected authority on conservatism and race. He sees the recent clashes in Charlottesville as an attempt by the diverse far-right movement “to build a national presence”. According to him, fascists existed in the US for decades, but are now ‘moving from being online to being in the streets.’

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Roy Moore lost the battle, but he’s winning the war

The Washington Post  print


Lowndes writes a piece for The Washington Post.

"The fact that both Bannon and Trump energetically supported Moore speaks to the national importance of the race at a time when the party is undergoing the greatest transition it has experienced since the 1960s. There will continue to be a few prominent Republican voices who will denounce the latest outrage from the growing numbers of politicians on the far right, and as they did Tuesday night, the moral failings and incendiary politics of candidates like Moore may cost the GOP seats. But the GOP is becoming a party in which dissenting voices now matter far less, ceding ground to the voices of Moore and Trump and the base that supports them."

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Why is the US still fighting the civil war?

The Guardian  print


According to Joseph Lowndes, a political scientist at the University of Oregon and author of two books on the US’s racial politics and the south, the timing of these enthusiasms is not accidental. “The statues go up in moments of racial reaction.”

The earlier craze was the moment when Lowndes says, “the Jim Crow order was really being built in the south”. So-called Jim Crow laws formally segregated public schools, public transport and public spaces generally in former confederate states. Laws mandated that black people and white people use separate restaurants, toilets and drinking fountains.

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Is Breitbart about to turn on Donald Trump?

The Guardian  print


Joseph Lowndes, a political scientist at the University of Oregon and the author of a book about modern conservatism, says Breitbart’s latest take reflects the fact that while Trump’s early presidency has been hemmed in by Congress, the courts, federal agencies and its own incompetence, the attorney general’s office is one of the few areas where the administration has been able to “step on the gas” and deliver “the red meat of Trumpism”.

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Political Upheaval, By Design

WBUR Boston  radio


Joseph Lowndes, associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon. Author of "From the New Deal to the New Right." (@joelowndes)

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The #President: the Consequences of Trump's Tweets

NBC16  online


EUGENE, Ore. - Throughout the history of the United States, Presidents have found different ways to connect with the American people.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first to reach a mass audience with his weekly, "Fireside" radio chats. Decades later, John F. Kennedy became the first Commander in Chief to hold press conferences. Now in the digital age, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump is using social media - specifically Twitter - to reach millions of Americans and people around the world.

"It’s a different era now," said Joseph Lowndes, a political science professor at the University of Oregon. "Obama was the first president to use Twitter. Trump takes it to a whole new level."

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Trump, Twitter And The Authoritarian Presidency

Huffington Post  online


Trump’s social media habits were a subject of amusement throughout the election season, but they have now become cause for alarm. His recent tweet criticizing Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Union 1999, resulted in a swarm of anonymous threats to Jones and his family.

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Carson Defends Trump’s African American Outreach, but Experts Have Doubts

News 3 Las Vegas  online


Joseph Lowndes, an associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon, said Trump’s approach to race resembles his framing of trade, where he took complaints long voiced by some on the left and attempted to appropriate them.

“He draws on long-standing critics within the black community of the Democratic Party,” he said, but Trump’s rhetoric takes the point too far.

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From Silent Majority to White-Hot Rage: Observations from Cleveland

CounterPunch  online


The 2016 Republican National Convention began in the immediate shadow of a highly publicized death spiral involving police and black civilians in Dallas, Falcon Heights, and Baton Rouge. Against this backdrop, the Trump campaign seemed to choose the legacy of Richard Nixon rather than Ronald Reagan as the party’s patron saint. Indeed, 1968 has functioned as myth and symbol throughout the Trump campaign, as they have leaned on racially-charged Nixonian phrases like ‘law and order’, ‘Silent Majority’ and ‘forgotten Americans.’ It might be more accurate to say that Trump has bundled Nixon together with George Wallace, the segregationist Alabama governor whose independent campaign for president that year was more openly racist and confrontational, but who with Nixon defined the Republican Party’s white populist turn.

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2016: The End of the Culture Wars as We Know Them

Newsweek  online


University of Oregon professor Joseph Lowndes agrees that while social issues have not disappeared, the economic tumult of the past decade has resulted in voter priorities being refracted through “a very concentrated prism of race and class now.” That didn’t start with Trump, but with the financial crisis of 2007–2008. A 2008 study by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, for example, found “a very dramatic change in issue priorities across religious groups” compared with the 2004 election. Concern with economic issues surged in that cycle. Now the U.S. is, as Lowndes puts it, “many years into a second Gilded Age,” reckoning with a yawning gap between the wealthy elite and the average American, so it’s not entirely surprisingly that voters—even Republicans—are ever angrier, and ever more focused on the economy and inequality, not social issues and reproductive rights.

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Articles (1)

The Political Ideas of William F. Buckley, Jr.: Two Lectures Frederick Douglass Forum Lecture Series


This panel presentation from the Symposium on James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Jr., and the American Dream discusses the political ideas of William F. Buckley, Jr. Dr. Dimitri Kelly (assistant professor of political science at Linfield College) serves as chair for the panel. Dr. Joseph Lowndes (associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon) presents Buckley's Political Romance with Racism, while Dr. Will Barndt (assistant professor of political studies at Pitzer College) presents Buckley and America's Engines of Concern.

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