#031 – Psychology of Conspiracy Theories with Joe Uscinski

Joe Uscinksi talking Psychology of Conspiracy Theories on trolling with logic

This episode we look into the Psychology of Conspiracy Theories, their prevalence and are they on the increase?

Our special guest is Professor Joe Uscinksi.

Joseph E. Uscinski received his bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University, his Master’s from University of New Hampshire, and his Doctorate from University of Arizona. His research has appeared in Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Critical Review among other scholarly outlets. His first book, The People’s News: Media, Politics, and the Demands of Capitalism (New York University Press, 2014) addresses how audience demands drive news content. His second book, American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford University Press, 2014) coauthored with Joseph Parent, examines why people believe in conspiracy theories.

His Research interests include : American Politics, Elections, Media, Conspiracy Theories.

More about Professor Uscinksi and the Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Joe is a Political Science Professor in the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences and co-author of American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford, 2014).

Joe Uscinski, “Fake News Freakout,” http://reason.com/archives/2017/02/05/fake-news-freakout.

Lecture by Uscinski and Parent that covers everything discussed in the book:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f0XK2s920w.

And of course, Joe’s website: http://www.joeuscinski.com/.

Open Learn article on Psychology of Conspiracy Theories


Music: Rage Against the Machine: “Wake Up”

The team:

Host: Nathan @thenatheist


Jenn : @PhotoJennBo


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