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Ritchie Savage

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Ritchie Savage is a recent Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at The New School for Social Research. A comparative-historicalist in training, he investigates populism and political discourse with interests in social and political theory, language, culture, movements, structuralism, and psychoanalysis. His recent book, Populist Discourse in Venezuela and the United States: American Unexceptionalism and Political Identity Formation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), examines the symbolic structure of Venezuelan and U.S. political discourse present in the cases of AD, McCarthyism, Chavismo, and the Tea Party in order to posit a framework for understanding the recent proliferation and successes of new institutionalized forms of populism around the world. Among his recent publications are Populism in the U.S. in The Routledge Handbook of Global Populism 2018, A Comparison New Institutionalized Populism in Venezuela and the USA, Constellations 21(4) 2014, From McCarthyism to the Tea Party: Interpreting Anti-Leftist Forms of US Populism in Comparative Perspective, New Political Science 34(4) 2012, and Populist Elements in Contemporary American Political Discourse, Sociological Review 58 (Special Issue) 2011. He is a contributor for the research program, Populismus: Populist Discourse and Democracy, co-financed by the European Union and the Educational and Lifelong Learning 2007-2013 Operation Program, and he is also working on a series of articles on political theory and populism, as well as a book manuscript, A Brief History of Populism in Europe and the Americas.

B.S., Bradley University; M.A., Ph.D., The New School for Social Research.