Michael Smerconish, “How Talk Radio Helped Trump Win the Presidency,” Smerconish, CNN, August 3, 2019.

Kai Ryssdal and Reema Khrais, “The end of history (majors),” Make Me Smart, July 9, 2019.

Edward Fitzpatrick, “In Rhode Island, talk (and talk and talk) radio is long tradition in state politics,” The Boston Globe, June 24, 2019.

Naomi Lin, “Vice presidential chances: How history bodes for Biden,” The Washington Examiner, April 26, 2019.

Jason Schwartz, “Rush Limbaugh roars back,” Politico, December 21, 2018.

Michael Smerconish, The Michael Smerconish Program, Sirius/XM POTUS, November 13, 2018. 

Jim Rutenebrg, “At the Border Town That the News Cycle Has Left Behind,” The New York Times, October 21, 2018.

Kimberly Ross and Andrea Ruth, “The Right Side Podcast, Episode 17: ‘Talk Radio’s America’ And Finding Middle Ground With Brian Rosenwald,” Red State, October 14, 2018.

Dick Polman, “Lindsey Graham Doesn’t Want a Primary,” The Atlantic, October 10, 2018.

John Hageman, "'It isn't about advocacy for one candidate': Talk radio figures into ND Senate race," Grand Forks Herald, June 29. 2018. 

Peter Grier, "Behind Trump’s bold stance on the scope of presidential power," The Christian Science Monitor, June 4, 2018. 

Jason Schwartz, "Ben Shapiro to take his podcast to radio," Politico, March 29, 2018. 

Praise for Talk Radio’s America

“A superb guide to one of the most potent forces in modern political history.”John Dickerson, 60 Minutes correspondent

This is the book that provides proper context for the greatest election upset in modern American history.”Michael Smerconish, Sirius XM and CNN host

This book will be of vital interest to anyone concerned about restoring the quality of American democratic debate.”Joseph Crespino, author of Atticus Finch: The Biography―Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon



American History • Communications • Political Science • Media Studies • Public Policy 

Scholarly Philosophy:

I believe that 21st century scholars must work across disciplinary boundaries, and utilize the best techniques and methods from all fields to study our increasingly complex and interrelated world. I also believe in making scholarship accessible and publicly available. This website reflects that vision. 

The blog will be a forum both for commentary and sharing ideas about politics and public policy. I'm a big believer in questioning things and throwing ideas out there, so some of what you might see could be surprising or provocative. We can only increase knowledge by engaging in a dialogue, and testing new ideas and new ways of approaching things. The sidebar on the blog page will provide links to recent articles that are interesting or inspiring. 

Most Recent PublicationS:

Trump just launched the newest phase of the GOP’s romance with right-wing media,” The Washington Post, July 13, 2019.

America's elections are broken. Here's how to fix them,” The Week, November 16, 2018.

Senators, please mutiny,” The Week, October 26, 2018.

Our petulant president,” The Week, September 6, 2018.

"It's all about the bottom line,CNN.com, August 6th, 2018. 

"The media malpractice destroying American politics,The Washington Post, July 25th, 2018. 

"The conservative revolution: Kennedy’s retirement caps a half-century transformation of the court," The Washington Post, June 28th, 2018. 

"Trump is no deal-maker," Smerconish.com, May 18. 2018.  

"How Sean Hannity helped put Donald Trump in the White House — and how he's helping to keep him there," The Washington Post, April 23, 2018. 

"The Days that Shook the Nation," The Washington Post, March 30, 2018 (in print April 1). 

"Conservative Media's New Villain," Smerconish.com, February 26, 2018. 

"Republicans aren’t hypocrites. They just have flawed principles." The Washington Post, February 12, 2018. 


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