Mini-Conference Panels and Plenary Sessions

2019 Mini-Conference Schedule


9:30 am – 10:50 am

Panel 1: Insecurity, Representation, and Populist Support (Room IA-113)

Presider: Carlos de la Torre, University of Kentucky

Mabel Berezin and Thomas Davidson, Cornell University

“Insecurity Talk: What We Can Learn about Populist Politics through Social Media”

Benny Witkovsky, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Trump’s Populism and the Local Politics of Exclusion”

Chandra Mukerji, University of California, San Diego

“Sovereignty and Anti-Liberal Politics”

Dolores Trevizo, Occidental College

“Insecurity and the Recent Rise of Vigilantes in Mexico”


Panel 2: Authoritarian Politics (Room IA-133)

Presider: Thomas Janoski, University of Kentucky

Yuhao Zhuang, University of Chicago; Tong Ju, Renmin University-China

“Phantom of the Past: Resurgence of Totalitarian Discourses in Post-Socialist Propaganda”

Yang Zhang, American University; Feng Shi, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Factions in Action: Elite Networks and Political Alignment in China’s Reform Era”

Yao Li, Harvard University

“Beyond Legality: Informal Norms and Protest Control in Democracies and Non-Democracies”


Panel 3: The Politics of Fear and Resentment (Room IA-137)

Presider: Bart Bonikowski, Harvard University

Kristinn Már and Pete Ramand, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Mapping Varieties of Populism in the United States and Europe”

Francesco Duina and Dylan Carson, Bates College

“Not So Right After All? Making Sense of the Progressive Rhetoric of Europe’s Far-Right Parties”

Catherine Bolzendahl, University of California, Irvine

“The Shifting Symbolic Boundaries of Populist Intolerance”

Lane Crothers, Illinois State University

“Fear and Loathing in the American Militia Movement: Identity Essentialism and the Politics of Anti-State Mobilization”

11:00 am – 12:20 pm

Panel 4: Trumpism in a Comparative Perspective (Room IA-148)

Presider: Carlos de la Torre, University of Kentucky

Leslie C. Gates, Binghamton University

“Trump: More Fox than Chávez?”

Timothy M. Gill, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

“Hugo Chávez, Donald Trump, and the Analytical Limits of Populist Discourse”

Marco Garrido, University of Chicago

“Duterte v. Trump: Towards a Thick Definition of Populism”

Matthew Baltz, Bucknell University

“The Economic Nationalism(s) of Donald Trump and his Administration.”


Panel 5: Political Leadership in the Populist Era (Room IA-133)

Presider: Richard Lachmann, SUNY Albany

Benjamin Abrams, University of Cambridge

Me, the People: Democratic Substitution in Hungary and the United States”

Bo Yun Park, Harvard University

“Is (S)He Presidential? The Changing Scripts of Political Leadership in Trump and Macron’s Era”

Betul Eksi, Harvard University

“Toward an Understanding of Right-Wing Populism as Gendered Performance: Janus-Faced Masculinity in the Leadership of Vladimir Putin and Recep T. Erdogan”


Panel 6: Institutional Approaches to Populism (Room IA-137)

Presider: Lane Crothers, Illinois State University

Carlos H. Waisman, University of California, San Diego

“Populism North and South: Toward a Typology of Generative Contexts.”

Barbara Wejnert, University at Buffalo, SUNY

“Diffusion of Democracy: The Past and Future of Global Democracy”

Veda Hyunjin Kim, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Can Mert Kökerer, The New School

“A Global-Historical Approach on the Populist Reconstruction of Integral-states in South Korea and Turkey”

Patrisia Macías-Rojas, University of Illinois at Chicago

“‘Penal Populism’ and the Punitive Turn in Immigration in the United States”

1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Panel 7: Polarization, Partisan Sorting, and Political Cleavages (Room IA-148)

Presider: Delia Baldassarri, New York University

Josh Pacewicz, Brown University

“Illiberal Populism in the American Rust Belt”

Eric Wright, Indiana University

“Conflict Extension, Economic Attitudes, and Evangelical Republican Realignment: 1980-2016”

Jaesok Son, NORC, University of Chicago

“Partisan Social Class and Gun Control”


Panel 8: The Politics of Redistribution (Room IA-133)

Presider: Dana R. Fisher, University of Maryland

Luke Elliott-Negri, CUNY Graduate Center

“American Exceptionalism and Working Families Party Now.”

Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota

“Policy Networks in the Field of Power: US, Japanese and German Labor Politics”

Marcel Paret, University of Utah and University of Johannesburg; Michael Levien, Johns Hopkins University

“Redistribution and/or Reaction? Global Left and Right Populist Opinion after the Crisis”

Stephanie Ternullo and Ariel Azar, University of Chicago

“When Policies Make Partisans: Social Policy and Democratic Electoral Gains in the U.S., 1935-2014”

Panel 9: Transnationalism and National Fragmentation (Room IA-137)

Presider: Reynaldo Ortiz, Brooklyn College

Lucas Dolan, American University and Université Libre de Bruxelles

“Nationalist Appeals Beyond Borders: Surveying the Repertoires of Transnational Populist Entrepreneurs”

Kerem Morgül, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Osman Savaşkan, Marmara University

“Populist Islamism and Public Attitudes toward Syrian Refugees in Turkey”

Sinem Adar, Humboldt University; Gulay Turkmen, Gottingen University

“Whither Nations? Nationalism, Populism, and Emotional Disintegration”

3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Panel 10: Money in Politics (Room IA-113)

Presider: Thomas Janoski, University of Kentucky

Nathan Katz, University of Missouri

“Beyond Donors: Working Toward a Sociological Study of Campaign Expenditures”

Elisabeth Clemens and Yuhao Zhuang, University of Chicago

“Politics of the Make-or-Buy State: Public Revenues, Private Firms, and the Erosion of Democratic Governance”

Joshua Basseches, Northwestern University

“Business Power in the U.S. States: Private Interests and the Design of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Policies””

Johnnie Anne Lotesta, Brown University

“Beyond the Koch Network: Making Sense of Conservatives’ Variable Success in the States”


Panel 11: Nostalgia and Cultural Politics (Room IA-133)

Presider: Richard Lachmann, SUNY Albany

Yagmur Karakaya and Penny Edgell, University of Minnesota

“Populist Rallies in United States and Turkey”

Amir Teimouri, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Perceived Policy Threats, Cultural Mobilization and the Rise of Conservative Identities in the Iran’s State Politics (1994-2001)”

Marcos Perez, Washington and Lee University

“Working Class Nostalgia and Progressive Mobilization in Latin America.”

Ritchie Savage, John Jay College, CUNY

“The Politics of Recursive Calendars”


Panel 12: Political Elites and Democratic Representation (Room IA-137)

Presider: Bart Bonikowski, Harvard University

Sourabh Singh, Florida State University

“Is an Elite’s Mass-Linkage Strategy a Choice or a Habit? Lessons from the Study of

Indira Gandhi’s Populist Mass-Linkage Strategy.”

Elizabeth McKenna, University of California, Berkeley

“Perennial Plutocracy: The Role of Capital in the Return of Authoritarianism in Brazil”

  1. Adam Nicholson, Indiana University

“Uneven and Stalled: Women’s Representation in State Legislatures”

Zhifan Luo, SUNY Albany

“’Freewheeling Generals’ and Inter-Elites Consensus in the US: Evidence from Computer-

Assisted Text Analysis”

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Plenary: Populist Support, Anti-Populist Mobilization, and the Future of Democracy (Room IA-148)

Presider: Catherine Bolzendahl, University of California, Irvine

Rory McVeigh, University of Notre Dame

“The Politics of Losing”

Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University

“The Toolkit of the New Autocrats”

Dana R. Fisher, University of Maryland

“American Resistance: Looking Back while Marching Forward”