The United States is having one of the most consequential elections since 1945. Elisabeth Clemens and Richard Lachman discuss how nationalism is affecting the US election and US politics generally, the longer roots of Trumpian nationalism, national narratives among the Democratic party, and contestation over the nation as regards Black Lives Matter.
Elisabeth Clemens is William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. Her research explores the role of social movements and organizational innovation in political change. Professor Clemens has been the chair of the political sociology and comparative historical sociology sections of the American Sociological Association and President of the Social Science History Association. Her most recent book, Civic Gifts: Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State, is published by Chicago University Press.
Richard Lachmann is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. His research interests extend across sociology, including comparative, historical, cultural, economic, and political, as well as social networks and world systems. His most recent book, First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Politics and the Decline of Great Powers, is published by Verso.