Lawrence Rosenthal is executive director and lead researcher of the Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements. Founded in 2009, the Center is a research unit dedicated to the study of right-wing movements in the 20th and 21st centuries. Dr. Rosenthal received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at UC Berkeley in the Sociology and Italian Studies Departments and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Naples in Italy. He has studied the Right in the United States and in Italy and is currently working on a study of the contemporary American Right in comparison to movements of the Right in 20th century Europe. His work has appeared in the Nation, the International Herald Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, Foreign Policy and other venues.

Trump 2016: Archie Bunker Runs for President

Donald Trump Buffoon

Lawrence Rosenthal: His speech has brought an element of the coarse, the bellicose, the unprincipled, which is a qualitative leap beyond the feisty maleducated discourse we have become familiar with among Tea Party candidates.

Will Koch Brothers Create a Revolution in 2016 Elections?

Koch Brothers 2016 Elections

Larence Rosenthal: For the free–market absolutists, whose undisputed champions are now the Koch Bros., 2016 has become a time to push a ton of chips out on the table. There are two reasons for this. One is the opportunity, and the second is that the opportunity may be short-lived.

Tea Party Tuesday in Tampa

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Lawrence Rosenthal: Tuesday, the Tea Party trumped Etch a Sketch mainstream Republicanism and the Romney campaign will run on an almost pure Tea Party economic platform.

Mapping Paul Ryan

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Lawrence Rosenthal: Paul Ryan confirms the Tea Party’s role as both a power within the Republican Party and as the guarantor of Republican conservative orthodoxy.