Jasper Johns, Flag (detail), 1954-55 (MoMA)

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About us

Who counts as a “real” American? What is required of a “good” citizen? Is American democracy flourishing or floundering? In today’s deeply polarized America, the answers to these questions depend on who you ask, but the ways that people answer them matter for us all. The Meanings of Democracy Lab, founded and directed by sociologist Dr. Ruth Braunstein, engages students and partners in collaborative research and discussion about the contested moral and cultural foundations of American democratic life. Current projects focus on the moral meanings of taxpaying and on battles over American identity and history.

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If you are interested in participating in or collaborating with the Meanings of Democracy Lab, please contact
Dr. Ruth Braunstein at ruth.braunstein@uconn.edu.

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  • News Weekly Round-up April 8th-12th
    News Weekly Round-Up, April 8th – 12th, 2024. The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it. DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM SaltLakeTribune: Trump endorses “God Bless the USA Bible,” a book that combines the King James Version w/ US Constitution […]
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    Looking to keep up with the latest news on Christian Nationalism? There is so much incredible work being done in the ecosystem of reporting and resistance efforts, our Twitter list is an amazing place to start! It brings together the insights of experts, authors, community leaders, organizations, and more to help you stay informed. Follow […]
  • News Weekly Round-up April 1st-5th
    News Weekly Round-Up, April 1st – 5th, 2024. The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it. DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM MotherJones: Steve and Tracy Slepcevic, far-right extremists tied to Christian Nationalists and QAnoners, hosted a fundraiser for independent Robert […]

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