Christopher Sebastian Parker

fighting for democracy

Christopher Sebastian Parker, Ph.D, is the author of two award-winning books, both published by Princeton University Press. Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle of White Supremacy in the Postwar South (2009) won the Ralph J. Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association. Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (with Matt Baretto, 2013) won a Best Book award from the American Political Science Association. Change shows that the Tea Party is driven not by anger over the economy and the size of government, as often claimed, but by anger associated with rapid social and demographic change, transformations that Barack Obama’s presidency symbolized to them. The Huffington Post cited Change as a guide to understanding “Trump(ism).”

His research has also been featured in the pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Republic, and the Huffington Post, and his writing has been published in, the Washington Post, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, and the Conversation (where he had his own column, “Race and Rage”). Sebastian has appeared on CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, and the History Channel, and been invited to lecture across America, in Europe, and in Australia. He is a professor of political science at the University of Washington.

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