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February 1, 2012

Wayne Morse Center announces 2012-13 resident scholars

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics recently announced 2012-13 Resident Scholars, Assistant Professor of Law Stuart Chinn and Associate Professor of Political Science Joe Lowndes. In Wayne Morse political tradition, these scholars will conduct research and assist the Morse Center with its programming on Politics and Policy as well as the current theme of inquiry, “From Wall Street to Main Street: Capitalism and the Common Good.”

Professor Chinn received his B.A., Ph.D. and J.D. from Yale University. His current research project, “Conceptions of Class in American Political Party Ideology and Law,” examines how the 19th century aversion to class political ideas gave way to prominent 20th century notions on the legitimacy of promoting certain class interests.

Professor Lowndes’ research is in American political development, racial politics, conservatism, political culture, discourse, and visual rhetoric. His project is titled, “Two Populisms of the Great Recession: The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.” Professor Lowndes maintains the idea that the financial crisis spawned these two populist movements. His project seeks to answer the question: Why has populism emerged as the dominant mode of political response to the Great Recession, and what are the implications for U.S. politics?

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