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Dr. Lane Crothers

Politics and Government
Schroeder Hall - SCH 429
Office Hours
Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. & by appointment
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I was born in Sanford, FL, but grew up in Charlotte, NC. I taught at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and Eastern Washington University before coming to ISU in 1994.

Current Courses

106United States Government And Civic Practices

Teaching Interests & Areas

Political culture American government Recent political history Social politics and history

Research Interests & Areas

Globalization and American popular culture Right wing social movements Political culture Political leadership

Ph D American politics

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

BA English/History

Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina

Thomas E. Eimermann Professor in Political Science

Department of Politics and Government

Fulbright Bicentennial Distinguished Chair in American Studies

Council for the International Exchange of Scholars

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer

ISU College of Arts and Sciences

Outstanding University Service Award

Illinois State University

Outstanding College Service Award

ISU College of Arts and Sciences

Eccles Centre Visiting Professor in North American Studies

Eccles Centre in North American Studies, British Library, London, UK

Book Review

Crothers, L. Populism VS the New Globalization. Populism (2022): 3.
Crothers, L. Thomas Cronin, Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of Paradox in Choice (2012)
Crothers, L., in Choice (2012)

Book, Authored

Crothers, L. Globalization and American Popular Culture. Rowman and Littlefield (2021)
Crothers, L. Rage on the Right: The American Militia Movement from Ruby Ridge to the Trump Presidency. Rowman and Littlefield (2019)

Lane Crothers, Globalization and American Popular Culture, 4th ed. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and LIttlefield, 2018).

Crothers, L. Globalization and American Popular Culture, 3rd. ed. Rowman and Littlefield (EDs) (2012)
Crothers, L. Rage on the Right: The American Militia Movement from Ruby Ridge to Homeland Security. Rowman & LIttlefield (2007)

Book, Chapter

Crothers, L. Are Drones a Threat to American Civil Liberties?. American Government Idea Exchange. ABC=CLIO (2016)
Crothers, L. Political Culture. American Government. Cengage (2016)
Crothers, L. From the United States to the Federation of Planets: Star Trek and the Globalization of American Culture. Douglas Brode and Shea T. Brode (EDs), Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures. Rowman and Littlefield (2015)
Crothers, L. Cultural Imperialism. The SAGE Handbook of Globalization. SAGE (2014)
Crothers, L. The Global Scope of American Movies, Music, and Television. Manfred Steger (EDs), Globalization and Culture. Edward Elgar Publishing 2 (2012)

Journal Article

Crothers, L., & Burgener, G. Insurrectionary Populism? Assessing the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol. Populism (2021)
Crothers, L. Review of Part III, “Global Concerns: Issues and Themes at the Core of Global Research and Teaching,” The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies. Global Perspectives 1.1 (2020)
Crothers, L. In Defense of Pointless Research. Pearson Education Ltd (2012)
Crothers, L. "'Get Off My Plane': Presidents and the Movies". White House Studies 2011.10:3 (2011)


Crothers, L. Populism at Five: An Editor's Reflections 5.2: 2.


The Soft Power of Hard Cash: China and the (Re)Making of American Popular Culture. Globalisation culturelle alternative: de l'Asie de l'Est á l'Europe. Global Research Institute of Paris and the University of Paris. (2022)
Voter Suppression. Juneteenth, "Justice Delayed". Bloomngton-Normal Black History Project. (2021)
panel discussion. Juneteenth, "Justice Delayed". Bloomington-Normal Black History Project. (2021)
“Milizen in den USA - ein Vorbild?" ("Militias in the USA - a role model?"). Rechtsextreme Rückzugsräume. Von Reichsbürgern, völkischen Siedlern und Imageboards" ("Right-wing extremist refuges" conference). Federal Agency for Civic Education, German Federal Government. (2020)
"Popular Culture". “America at Home and Abroad” Symposium. CIES, Kadir Has University. (2017)
“Relocating America: What Globalization Can Teach Americanists”. Taiwan in a New Era: Democracy, Cross-Strait Security, and International Relations Conference. (2017)
“Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater: Free Speech in the Real World". Senior Professionals. Illinois State University. (2017)
After New York: Election 201. Svenska Bildningsförbundet (Swedish Educational Association) monthly meeting. Svenska Bildningsförbundet (Swedish Educational Association). (2016)
American Jeremiad: Higher Education Edition. Fulbright Forum 2016: Education, Innovation, Science and Art. Fulbright Center, Finland. (2016)
From ‘Hope and Change’ to the Tea Party: The Rise of Anti-Obama Politics in the US. American Politics Group. Political Studies Association, Eccles Centre for North American Studies (UK). (2016)

Grants & Contracts

Bicentennial Distinguished Chair in North American Studies. University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FI. Other. (2015)
Eccles Centre Visiting Professor in North American Studies. Eccles Centre of the British Library, London, UK. Other. (2007)