Spring 2024

Trump, the Right, and American Society

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-241


Jerome L. Himmelstein (Section 01)


This course is not about Donald Trump, though he obviously looms large in American society.  It’s about the social and political conditions that made Donald Trump possible.  We will examine how Americans have become increasingly polarized politically and how race, class, place and other variables shape this. We will also study the transformation of the Republican Party since the 1990s, and the development of an increasingly powerful network of right-wing organizations.  Finally, we will use ethnographic studies to understand how conservative white people think and act in the world.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Himmelstein.

How to handle overenrollment: preference for sociology and anthropology majors, after that for first- and second-years

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work and reading.

SOCI 241 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM MORG 110
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM MORG 110

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Citizen-Protector: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline Oxford University Press Carlson, Jennifer Amherst Books TBD
The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker University of Chicago Press Cramer, Katherine J.J. Amherst Books TBD
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right New Press Hochschild, Arlie Russell Amherst Books TBD
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism Oxford University Press Skocpol, Theda Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023