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Jeremy C. Young

Assistant Professor of History, Dixie State University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Election 2016
  • Social Movements

About Jeremy

Young is a historian of the modern United States, with a focus on political communication, social movements, and the emotional experience of politics.  His research on turn-of-the-century charismatic movements suggests that modern political strategists underestimate the importance of emotional appeals in driving policy change.  He is the author of The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940, and his editorials have been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Seattle Times. In addition to his academic work, Young serves as an advisor for the Coalition for Responsible Home Education.

Publications

"Empowering Passivity: Women Spiritualists, Houdini, and the 1926 Fortune Telling Hearing" Journal of Social History 48, no. 2 (2014): 341-362.

Discusses the 1926 Fortune Telling Hearing, which pitted spiritualist women against Harry Houdini before a congressional subcommittee, and argues that female spiritualists merged egalitarian and maternal feminism in a way that foreshadowed the pluralistic feminism of the later twentieth century.

"Transformation in the Tabernacle: Billy Sunday’s Converts and Emotional Experience in the Progressive Era" Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 14, no. 3 (2015): 367-385.

Uses hundreds of letters and testimonials from followers of evangelist Billy Sunday to argue that the emotional experience of charismatic followership was an important site of political and social agency for Americans in the Progressive Era.

The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Argues that the modern emotional connection between American leaders and followers grew out of a unique group of charismatic social movements prominent in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In the News

"Facebook Boycott Bad Idea," Jeremy C. Young, Prince George Citizen, March 28, 2018.
Jeremy C. Young quoted in Peter Grier, "Oprah 2020? Why the Political Appeal of Celebrities Endures" Christian Science Monitor, January 9, 2018.
Jeremy C. Young's research on Steve KolowichJeremy C. Young, "A ‘Historian of Charisma’ Explains Why Oprah Could Be President," The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2018.
Jeremy C. Young quoted in Linda Mottram, "Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech Sparks Speculation about Presidential Bid" ABC, January 10, 2018.
Jeremy C. Young's research on MohorteJeremy C. Young, "Oprah Podría Ganar a Trump: para los Demócratas, eso Implicaría entregarse al Lado Oscuro," Magnet, January 10, 2018.
Jeremy C. Young quoted in Zach Schonfeld, "Oprah Winfrey is the Most Charismatic Person in America — and Yes, She Really Could Be President" Newsweek, January 12, 2018.
"Pussygate Politics: How the Trump Tape Changed the Face of Politics Forever," Jeremy C. Young, The Spectrum, October 6, 2017.
"A Utah Tale of Two Monuments," Jeremy C. Young, Salt Lake Tribune, August 27, 2017.
"President Trump’s Rallies are about Boosting His Ego, Not His Agenda," Jeremy C. Young, The Washington Post, July 25, 2017.
"The Antidemocratic Origins of Fake News," Jeremy C. Young, We're History, February 27, 2017.
"Booker T. Washington and the White Fear of Black Charisma," Jeremy C. Young, Black Perspectives, May 2, 2017.
"France Views America: Friend, Rival, or Both?," Jeremy C. Young, Seattle Times, May 1, 2007.
"Why Al – and Many Others – Choose Not to Run," Jeremy C. Young, Chicago Sun-Times, November 11, 2007.
"Attacks on Sotomayor Ignore Court’s History and Makeup," Jeremy C. Young, Durham Sun, May 29, 2009.
"Obama’s Attempt at Bipartisanship Doesn’t Work," Jeremy C. Young, San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2010.
"Dear Mitch McConnell: It’s Time to End the Filibuster," Jeremy C. Young, History News Network, December 7, 2014.
"Is America in the Midst of a Political Realignment?," Jeremy C. Young, Society for U. S. Intellectual History Blog, July 6, 2016.
"Emotion and Fantasy: Marcus Garvey and a Blueprint for Modern Protest Movements," Jeremy C. Young, Nursing Clio, December 15, 2016.
"What’s Wrong with the Way We Have Been Defending the Humanities," Jeremy C. Young, History News Network, January 2, 2017.
"Emotional Politics Won the 2016 Election," Jeremy C. Young, HippoReads, January 18, 2017.