How Trump Changed the Way College Students Learn About Conspiracy Theories

12/15/2016 - Professor of History Kathryn Olmsted in Time.

History professors who teach courses on conspiracy theories were dealt both a challenge and a gift this year, as their area of study was thrust into contemporary politics by the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump.

“This is a conspiracy against you, the American people, and we can’t let this happen or continue,” he said at one rally in the final weeks of the campaign.

Trump sent a similar message in his last campaign adbefore Election Day, which Kathryn Olmsted—a history professor at the University of California, Davis—discussed with students in her conspiracy theory course. She said teaching the course this fall was an “entirely different experience” than when she last taught it four years ago.

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