Joseph Parent and Joseph Uscinski, both at the University of Miami, gave a public lecture in May 2014 on American Conspiracy Theories. Using original data sources spanning more than a century, they addressed whether conspiracy theories are overtaking deliberative societies, inflaming discourse and degrading democracy; how much more prone to violence conspiracy theorists might be; which political party is more likely to traffic in conspiratorial talk; and whether the Internet has ushered in a new era of conspiracy-fuelled paranoia, and provided some surprising answers. In taking stock of American conspiracy theories, Uscinski and Parent argue that much of what we thought we knew about conspiracy theories needs amending.
Joseph E. Uscinski is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. He earned his Ph.D. in American Politics at the University of Arizona. Professor Uscinski teaches and studies mass media, public opinion, and campaigns.
Joseph M. Parent is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. He received his bachelors from the University of Chicago and doctorate from Columbia University. Professor Parent teaches international relations theory, foreign policy, and security studies.