William H. Westermeyer is a sociocultural anthropologist who researches social movements, American political culture, and the political right. He is currently a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at High Point University. His research is inspired by the 13 years he spent working as a political campaign organizer and consultant before pursuing his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His article “Local Tea Party Groups and the Vibrancy of the Movement” was recently published in the Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Follow him on Twitter @billwestermeyer.
Less than a decade ago, the Tea Party emerged as one of the most unified and effective oppositional forces in U.S. politics. In the age of President Donald Trump, how they did it matters more than ever.