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Andrew P. Lokie
Missouri State University


Peer-reviewed, data-driven content from prominent scholars on public affairs

Democratic Isolation, Thin Citizenship, and Insurrection: A Theory

Kevin G. Lorentz, II
Saginaw Valley State University

Kimberly Saks McManaway
University of Michigan-Flint

Keywords: January 6th, democratic isolation, neoliberalism, perfect filtering, civic engagement, populism, COVID-19

A Democratic Norm Endures January 6th: Congress and Deference to States’ Election Certifications

Kevin R. Kosar
American Enterprise Institute

Elayne Allen
The Public Discourse

Keywords: Congress, Electoral Count Act, election, presidency, transition of power

Performing Toxic Masculinity During the January 6th Insurrection

Karen M. Kedrowski
Iowa State University

Keywords: toxic masculinity, U.S. Capitol insurrection, democracy

The Temple of Liberty as Fort Knox: The Securitization of Democratic Space in the U.S. Capitol

Alisa J. Rosenthal & Lauren C. Bell
Randolph-Macon College

Keywords: democratic space, U.S. Capitol, securitization, insurrection

Framing an Insurrection: A Typology of Responses by Evangelical Leaders   

Andrea C. Hatcher
Sewanee: The University of the South

Keywords: religion, communication, insurrection, clergy, social media, Christian nationalism

Promoting Critical Reasoning: Civic Engagement in an Era of Divisive Politics and Civil Unrest

Kevin R. Meyer, Nathan J. Carpenter, and Stephen K. Hunt

Illinois State University

Keywords: civic engagement, antiracism, anti-extremism, digital literacy, post-truth

Bent but Not Broken: The Constitutional, Legal, and Procedural Issues in the 2020 Electoral College Vote Certification

Nicholas Kapoor
Fairfield University

Keywords: Electoral College, Trump, Biden, Congress, Pence, Constitution, Chiafalo, Federalist Papers, Hamilton, hyper-partisanship


Book Reviews, Research Notes, Instruments & Reports, Best Practice

I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

Kenneth W. Moffett
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Book review


Research Articles

Promoting Civic and Community-Based Teaching Practices: An Exploratory Study of Collaborations Between Faculty Development Centers and Civic and Community Engagement Centers

James Morgan Lewing and Lisa M. Bunkowski
Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Keywords: faculty, community engagement, institutionalization

The Praxis of Realizing Election Imperatives in Trump’s America

Sayil Camacho
Vanderbilt University

Keywords: civic engagement, civic education, higher education, action research, election imperatives

Invited Essays

Hand-Selected Analysis And Evaluation Of The Issue Topic

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Takes an Important Step in Protecting Democracy

Ashish Vaidya
Northern Kentucky University

Keywords: voting rights, democracy, civic engagement

Vaccine Hesitancy and the Apocalypse

David M. Claborn
Missouri State University

Keywords: vaccine hesitancy, apocalypse, religion, public health


“Tell your Story,” Videos

Capitol Police Officer Harry A. Dunn | Radio Interview

JMU Civic interview with Capitol Police Officer Harry A. Dunn on his experiences defending democracy on January 6, 2021. “These people were minutes, seconds, feet away from hanging the Vice President. Just sit with that,” says Officer Dunn.  Officer Dunn has been speaking out for justice and accountability because, “People are trying to rewrite history right in front of us…Terrorism is what they did that day. In my mind, they’re coming back. We have to hold them accountable.”

CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta

CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta shares his initial reactions as he watched the January 6, 2021 violent attacks and insurrection unfold and discusses the implications of the January 6, 2021 violent attacks and the ongoing insurrection for democracy in America.

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Walter Shaub on January 6, 2021 Insurrection

Walter Shaub, who leads the Ethics and Accountability Initiative at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), shares his reactions to the January 6 Insurrection and discusses the ongoing insurrection for democracy in America.

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January 6 Comprehensive Interactive Timeline Teaching Tool 

Leia Surrovell, Sarah Akers, Ryan Ritter, Carah Ong Whaley, Ph.D.

On January 6, 2021, a joint session of the U.S. Congress met to certify the electoral votes from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Some members of the House and Senate challenged the votes from several states. As the two chambers convened separately to consider the first of these challenges, rioters – encouraged by then-President Donald J. Trump who repeatedly and erroneously claimed that there was widespread election fraud – stormed the U.S. Capitol, overwhelmed police, broke into offices, destroyed property, and threatened the lives of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Vice President Mike Pence (R-Indiana).

Below is a timeline leading up to and after the January 6, 2021 insurrection that includes primary and secondary sources in order to better understand the consequences and the threats posed to American democracy.


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