Conspiracy Theories Presentation by Dr. James LaPlant
LaPlant examines alleged and actual conspiracies in American political history from the founding of the Republic to the 2020 Presidential Election. He will address how and why conspiracy theories form, the reasons they appeal to particular groups in American culture, and how they have grown and evolved since the emergence of social media and the internet.
A professor of political science and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Valdosta State University, LaPlant teaches courses on conspiracy theories in American politics, research methods, and southern politics. His work on intergovernmental relations, public policy and electoral behavior has appeared in numerous journals. He has directed study abroad programs to the Czech Republic, and his research on Czech political parties has been published in “Publius: The Journal of Federalism.”