The Rise of Rural Populist Authoritarianism in the U.S. and Beyond


Dr. Marc Edelman, professor of Anthropology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Monday, April 6, 2020
5 p.m.
Plemmons Student Union, Attic Window (Room 137C)

This talk is free and open to the public.

During his visit to Appalachian State University, Dr. Marc Edelman will give a presentation to the university community on his recent agrarian focus; the rising authoritarian populism in rural and non-metro areas of the world, including the U.S. This phenomenon is a prescient issue for citizens of southern Appalachia, as well as for those of Central America, where Edelman’s early research analyzed transnational peasant movements demanding comprehensive agrarian reform.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jefferson Boyer, professor emeritus of Anthropology,

This talk is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography and Planning and the Department of Sustainable Development.


About the Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology offers a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world — past, present and future. Learn more at

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The Department of Geography and Planning promotes the understanding of the spatial dimensions of human behavior within the physical and cultural systems of the earth, and the role of planning in achieving improvement in those systems. The department offers degrees in geography and in community and regional planning. Learn more at

About the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University prepares students to thoughtfully analyze human development while focusing on the applied practice of pursuing transformative, community-driven development and social change. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in sustainable development with concentrations in agroecology and sustainable agriculture; community, regional and global development; and environmental studies; as well as a Bachelor of Arts and minor in sustainable development. Learn more at

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Published: Mar 10, 2020 8:30am