Faith McGlothlin

Undergraduate Discipline


BA, Sarah Lawrence College. PhD candidate, New York University. McGlothlin’s research is on the historical development of a far-right paramilitary movement in the United States, alongside the expansion of the federal security state over the late 20th century. She is a fellow at the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism (IRMS). SLC, 2022–

Undergraduate Courses 2022-2023


Histories and Politics of the Far Right

Open, Small Lecture—Spring

Far-right movements are on the rise in the United States and around the globe. This course explores the contemporary resurgence of far-right and right-wing authoritarian movements through a broad historical framework, including histories of colonialism and racial capitalism, transformations in the global economy, and the proliferation of paramilitary infrastructures worldwide. Lectures will focus on historical case studies from different parts of the world that illustrate the distinctive histories and ideological features of far-right and illiberal movements, including the Patriot Movement in the United States, anti-communist mercenary soldiers in Nicaragua and Rhodesia, authoritarian nostalgia in Brazil and the Phillippines, and the ascendence of Hindu nationalism in India. Readings will focus on the embedded relationship between far-right culture war mobilizations and political economy. We will look at how sexual politics, moral panics around the family, and attacks on non-normative genders and sexualities cannot be tidily separated from economic and political projects. Students will be challenged to think outside a conceptual model of mainstream versus extreme politics. Rather than representing a radical political fringe, far-right movements often mobilize around stalwart themes that organize everyday life and political institutions. The imagined "center" at the heart of mainstream politics is rarely sealed off from “extreme” elements or the use of violence. Students will consider the role of affect and emotion that undergird far-right political affiliations. How do fantasy and desire shape conceptions of safety, belonging, and national mythologies? What historical processes have contributed to the sharpening of communalism, racial resentment, and misogyny? How has economic inequality, environmental devastation, and widespread distrust around media and political institutions buoyed the growth of revanchist illiberal movements worldwide? Readings will include interdisciplinary academic scholarship, films, dystopian fiction, declassified surveillance documents, political literature, memes, and other primary sources.