Politics

"The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism"

Theda Skocpol; Vanessa Williamson

About the Program

Theda Skocpol, government and sociology professor at Harvard University and Vanessa Williamson, PhD candidate in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University, present a study of the Tea Party.  The authors examine several, regional Tea Party chapters and report that Tea Party supporters are predominantly middle-class, older Americans, who, according to the authors, mostly enjoy Medicare and Social Security benefits but are reticent to pay taxes to assist those they deem 'undeserving.'  Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson speak at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. 

About the Authors

Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol is the author of several books, including The Missing Middle: Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy.  She is a government and sociology professor at Harvard University and a former president of the American Political Science Association. 


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Vanessa Williamson

Vanessa Williamson is a former policy director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.  She is a PhD candidate in government and social policy at Harvard University.


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Past Airings

  • Sunday, May 19th at 4:15pm (ET)
  • Sunday, May 6th at 6:30am (ET)
  • Sunday, April 22nd at 8am (ET)
  • Sunday, April 8th at 7:45pm (ET)
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