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Annual Paul D. Stewart Lecture to feature Amelia Pridemore

The Marshall University Department of Political Science will present the Annual Paul D. Stewart Lecture, featuring Amelia Pridemore, an assistant professor of political science at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The lecture, “Post-Reality Outlaw Citizenship: How ‘Regular People’ can fall for – and take direct action based on – lies,” will take place Friday, March 31, at 3 p.m. in the Drinko Atrium.

Pridemore is in her fourth year in a tenure-track position at Minnesota State University. She earned a Ph.D. in public affairs from Florida International University in 2019, a Master of Arts in Political Science in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2003 from Marshall University. She specializes in “outlaw citizenship,” often confrontational and nontraditional citizen participation, music and entertainment policy and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Marybeth Beller is chair of the political science department at Marshall.

“Given what our nation has experienced with the January 6th attack on the capitol and the fallout from that in terms of findings of Congressional hearings and court convictions of many involved, coupled with various interpretations through social and cable media, Dr. Pridemore’s findings should prove quite illuminating for us all,” Beller said.

According to Pridemore, outlaw citizenship, or nontraditional citizen participation such as protests, increasingly have buildups that are not rooted in reality.  Grievances leading to citizen direct action that may include violence are much more likely nowadays to be false and absurd.

For more information about the lecture contact Mitzi Meade by e-mail at