Joseph Lowndes, Department of Political Science

Joseph Lowndes

Professor, Political Science
Practice Areas: Conservatism, Republicans, Race, Tea Party, Social Movements, Elections

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Joe Lowndes is an academic expert on race, populism, conservatism and social movements in US politics. His most recent book, with Daniel Martinez HoSang, is "Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity." His current project traces the development of “Middle America” and its destructive impact on US politics over the last half-century. 


Recent Media:
Trump wants no limits on presidential power. That’s not new for the GOP. (The Washington Post, July 27, 2023)
Oregon breakaway effort is down to just 8 votes, deepening urban-rural divide (NBC News, June 6, 2023)
Beaver leavers: The Americans trying to secede from Oregon and join Idaho. (Slate, May 25, 2023)
Despite setbacks, far-right extremists are winning positions in mainstream Northwest politics (Oregon Public Broadcasting, March 28, 2023)
Republicans are trying to build a multiracial right – will it work? (The Conversation, March 3, 2023)
How right-wing candidates of color delivered the House to Republicans (The News Review, Dec. 9, 2022)
The homegrown version of ‘replacement theory’ adopted by the GOP (The Washington Post, May 31, 2022)
Report on hate groups: Growth of active Proud Boy chapters includes Creswell, Oregon (The Register-Guard, March 18, 2022)
How Paul Gosar emerged as a far-right favorite and subsequently the "most dangerous man in Congress" (Salon, Jan. 28, 2022)
Why the crowd storming the Capitol on January 6th last year included Black people and other people of color (MSNBC, Jan. 7, 2022)
Armed statehouse protests set tone for US Capitol insurgents (Stars and Stripes, Jan. 7, 2021)
University of Oregon professor: Riots at U.S. Capitol an 'extraordinarily emboldening moment' for far right (The Register-Guard, Jan. 6, 2021)
How a Trump booster group helped the head of extremist Proud Boys gain access to the White House (USA Today, Dec. 19, 2020)
US cities brace for further protests with election result still unclear (The Irish Times, Nov. 5, 2020)
The rise of the Proud Boys in the US (New Statesman, Oct. 7, 2020)
A Day of Protest in Portland as ‘Proud Boys’ Converge on the City (The New York Times, Sept. 26, 2020)
Two decades after the 'Brooks Brothers riot', experts fear graver election threats (The Guardian, Sept. 24, 2020)
Column: The rumor mill in Oregon has got the wildfires figured out — it’s all antifa’s fault (The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 16, 2020)
Trump's embrace of Kenosha shooter raises vigilante fears for election (The Guardian, Sept. 15, 2020)
In His Last Hours, Portland Murder Suspect Said He Feared Arrest (The New York Times, Sept. 4, 2020)
The Inevitable Tragedy of a Summer on Edge in Portland (The New Yorker, Sept. 1, 2020)
How One of America’s Whitest Cities Became the Center of B.L.M. Protests (The New York Times, July 24, 2020)
A 'very dark history': Oregon's racist past fuels ongoing protests against injustice in Portland (USA Today, July 22, 2020)
How the coronavirus exacerbated Oregon’s bitter political divide (The New Yorker, May 28, 2020)
G.O.P. Voters Back QAnon Conspiracy Promoter for U.S. Senate (The New York Times, May 20, 2020)
The morbid ideology behind the drive to reopen America (The New Republic, April 30, 2020)
Wealthy right-wingers are shoveling their own supporters into the pandemic to preserve racist inequality: political scientist (The Raw Story, April 30, 2020)
Some Oregonians want to leave and take part of the state to Idaho with them (National Public Radio, Feb. 24, 2020)
Right-wing racism with Daniel Martinez HoSang & Joe Lowndes (The Dig podcast, Feb. 14, 2020)
Race today, yesterday, and tomorrow (Commune, Jan. 23, 2020)
Trump spouts conspiracy theories and attacks Omar at Minnesota rally (The Real News Network, Oct. 11, 2019)
Portland Considers Antimask Law Aimed at Antifa Violence (The Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2019)
How Republicans killed Oregon’s climate crisis bill – by fleeing the state (The Guardian, June 29, 2019)
Buehler touts moderate credentials in governor's race (Associated Press, Oct. 26, 2018)
UO Today: Professor explores the history of conservative populism (University of Oregon, March 7, 2018)
Pub talk will delve into Trumpism and the Republican Party (Around the O, March 2, 2018)
Roy Moore lost the battle, but he’s winning the war (The Washington Post, Dec. 13, 2017)
Joseph Lowndes: 'Some far-right groups want a growing racial conflict in the US' (France 24, Aug. 28, 2017)
Why is the US still fighting the civil war? (The Guardian, Aug. 16, 2017)
Is Breitbart about to turn on Donald Trump? (The Guardian, July 26, 2017)
Political upheaval, by design (WBUR Boston, April 14, 2017)
The #President: The consequences of Trump's tweets (NBC 16, Jan. 30, 2017)
Trump, Twitter And the authoritarian presidency (The Huffington Post, Dec. 12, 2016)
The KKK doesn’t have to be in Trump’s White House to get exactly what they want (Fusion, Nov. 14, 2016)
Carson defends Trump’s African American outreach, but experts have doubts (NBC KSNV, Aug. 23, 2016)
From silent majority to white-hot rage: Observations from Cleveland (Counter Punch, July 22, 2016)
2016: The end of the culture wars as we know them (Newsweek, May 11, 2016)
Demystifying the Oregon Presidential Primary (Jefferson Public Radio, April 20, 2016)
Trump and the GOP: the silent majority versus the establishment (The Conversation, Jan. 27, 2016)
LIVE TV INTERVIEW: “Movements in Mainstream Politics,” “How Should Politicians Address Racial Justice?” and “Are Race and Class Struggles Separate?” (Shift by MSNBC, July 23, 2015)
Republicans say goodbye to the confederate flag–and hello to a new strategy (The Washington Post, June 24, 2015)
Nikki Haley's call to take down confederate flag signals the beginning of end of the GOP's southern strategy (The Raw Story, June 23, 2015)
Rachel Dolezal and race as a social construct, Rachel Dolezal and cultural appropriation, Why Rachel Dolezal is not like transgender people (MSNBC, June 17, 2015)
At its core, American Sniper is about white fear (The Conversation, Feb. 20, 2015)
Kate Brown sworn in as Oregon governor, replacing embattled democrat (Reuters, Feb. 18, 2015)
Whitening Bobby Jindal (Jacobin Magazine, Feb. 7, 2015)
Conservatives, the Tea Party and the shutdown: How we got here (The Huffington Post, Oct. 10, 2013)