Hey everyone, my name is Gradey Todd, and I am a third-year undergrad student with a major in political science and a minor in math. I know it is an odd combination but before I was at Carleton, I studied applied sciences at Cegep (in Quebec) so I continued along with it in University. My focus at Carleton has been more on policy but I picked this course because of the increasing talk of fascism in the world. I believe that further understanding of such terms and concepts could help me both as a world citizen and a university student. Therefore, while I will most likely switch back into a natural science stream after I graduate, I am excited to learn about fascism and the other concepts we will discuss in this class. I hope we will have a great semester discussing and learning together.


My name is Meghan and I am a third year student double-majoring in Journalism and History. My particular interests in history are religious history, women in the monarchy in early Tudor England, and really, really old history. That being said, I have studied everything from the history of animals to classics. After my undergrad I plan to pursue my masters, hopefully in Ancient Religions.

Populism has never been my area of study before, however I feel that an understanding of the concept and a knowledge of authoritarian governments and how they rise and function is a valuable tool for any historian.


Hi everyone,

I’m Oonagh and am currently in my third year. My majors are History and Greek & Roman Studies, and I am also minoring in Archaeology. I am particularly interested modern war history and believed this class would shed light on the socio-political climate in both Germany and Italy during the Second World War. I am also very excited to learn about the remaining topics in the course, as they are all quite new to me!


Hello Everybody,

My name is Ali, I’m a second year political science student with a minor in history here at Carleton. I decided to add a history minor to my political science degree not only because of a personal passion for history, but also because it is clear to me that in order to develop a complete understanding of how a society currently functions it is necessary to have a solid understanding of the history of that society. Keeping that in mind it was difficult for me to resist registering for a course on the history of populism. The push towards increasing austerity coupled with the historic rise in economic inequality has brought both right and left wing populist movements to the forefront of political discourse in both North America and Europe. With events such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump few would disagree that populism has become a major force in the modern political landscape.

In my increasingly rare free time I like to rock climb (despite not being very good at it), read, listen to music, and consume copious amounts of coffee. I have never blogged before taking this class so I am looking forward to figuring that out as well as exploring the fascinating history of populism with all of you this semester.


A quick sketch of me

Hi everyone,

I’m Reid and am currently in the final semester of my undergrad. My major is Political Science with a concentration in IR and a minor in History. When I saw the title and description for this class, I registered immediately. The role of populism, and specifically far-right movements in recent history and today, are certainly subjects that deserve a focused analysis, and I’m excited to unpack this issue. Exploring such a fascinating and often dark feature of human politics and history should be very intriguing.

About me, I’m originally from Calgary! I enjoy skiing, golfing and trap shooting for sports. I’m also a huge fan of music and go to shows/concerts regularly as well as collect vinyl (my collection is about 400-ish). Travel is another hobby, so far I’ve been to Europe, Africa and a fair bit of North America. Currently planning a few months in Central Europe this summer.

Looking forward to meeting and discussing with all of you,

Reid G.

Introduction – Kathleen



I’m Kathleen, I’m in 3rd year at Carleton and am a Political Science major and also a History and German minor.  Politics interacting with history seems to be a big theme in both History and Political since courses and I like to keep that connection in mind when choosing my courses. Large events in history are often linked to political events and in the present we can often see events occur that are similar to these in the past. This is one of the main reasons why a class in populism is not only relevant to the world but also to what I like to study in mixing history and politics together. With all this said it might seem a bit odd that I am actually aspiring to go to law school and not pursue a career in political science, my goal is to be an international lawyer which I haven’t found to be overly connected to the subject so far. However, for my undergraduate, I really wanted to study something relevant and interesting as this subject turned out to be.

My site can be found at it is entitled to reflect the point of interest I have mentioned in History meeting Political Science in current times.


Blogging is not really something that I have done before so I am looking forward to the new experience of actually publishing my opinions in a public place.


Hello! My name is Morrigan, and I am a fourth year student who is majoring in English and doing a minor in History. As someone who is in the last semester of their undergrad, I thought it would be useful to take classes, like this one, that help me to better understand the current state of the world and how we got to where we are today.

My interest in history and literature stemmed from my love of reading, which is something I plan on doing a lot more of once I am finished school and have more free time. Some of my favourite books include Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Jane Austen’s novels, and of course the Harry Potter series. I also enjoy historical fiction and fantasy, which could explain my interest in real history.

My academic interests generally lie in the ‘long’ 19th century (approximately the time from the French Revolution to WWI) – many of my favourite books are from this period. However, I enjoy all types of history and literature. I like the way that literature and history allow us to understand other perspectives, and for me, especially the experiences of women in history. I find it important to understand precedents in order to understand why we are where we are now.

I am looking forward to the issues that will be discussed in this class because they will help me to understand the present. I am hoping that understanding the past as it relates to populism will make the path forward a little more clear. I also am interested in understanding how the political and social tensions we feel today reflect those of the past. Overall, I hope that this class will help us understand the past so that we can learn from it, and hopefully not make the same mistakes

Also, here is a link to my personal blog:



I am in the last few classes of my degree, therefore, it seemed like an optimal time to take some classes that both are electives, and develop a personal curiosity.  I have been working in social work and social services for the last ten years, and currently have a management position managing several staffing teams in an emergency shelter. Working within addiction, mental health, various forms of abuse, and other destructive behaviors people routinely engage in, has definitely influenced my world view, and view on human nature in general. My academic background is psychology and its biological underpinnings, however, I like to think I am a diligent student of history and geography. It may be mundane to some, but I see history as a long, unbroken, historical narrative based on human action followed by social or systemic reaction.

I am currently engaged to a truly wonderful woman. I enjoy archery, shooting, being in the woods, Jeeps, and I am an avid collector of antiques.

I took this class because it spoke to the political, and legal conflict I see in the media every day, and to be honest, I do not fully understand. The nations that constitute the post-war order are portrayed to be under attack both externally, and internally. In the western media populist leaders seem to advocate not trusting judiciary, the press, other branches of government, and calling for the jailing of political dissent. All this is predicated on the premise that migration, legal liberalism, constitutional and human rights, are synonymous with terrorism (or crime), wasteful bureaucracy, and human rights no longer needed.

I am looking forward to learning more about this phenomena, as well as the many points of view this class will bring forth. I feel this plurality will add depth and understanding to the complex historical, legal, and political issues we will be discussing, because the truth always resists simplicity.







To begin with, I am pursuing a major in History, I have already obtained a Japanese minor and I am in the beginning stages of getting a CTESL certificate for teaching English overseas.

Some would consider it pretentious to point out that I want to be a novelist, but that is exactly what I am going to do here. It is my life’s ultimate ambition. So far, in my third attempt to write a novel that would actually be worth reading, I have written approximately 10,000 words of acceptable quality (in my opinion).

…I have rewritten that second paragraph four times and I still find that it sounds pretentious. Oh well.

My pen name, as garish as it sounds, can be explained by pointing out two things about myself: “Nikolai” comes from my love for Russian novelists and “Narcisse”, which I nicked from a character on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, comes from the fact that I am an overly opinionated man with a big mouth, a combination which has led some to think of me as being narcissistic. You can decide whether that is accurate. In class, I respond to the name Julian.

As far as history goes, I have come to adore East Asia (Japan in particular) after taking practically every course that Professor Jacob Kovalio has offered. My general interests are somewhat scattered–the French Revolution, the Jacobin Terror, the disaster at Chernobyl, Nazism, North Korea, The Crusades, the dangers posed by religion in modern society, the impending arrival of artificial intelligence, the music scene in Manchester from the 1970s through to the 1990s, et cetera.

The people whose work I admire (whether it is artistic or intellectual) are Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Douglas Murray, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, George Orwell, Saul Bellow, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ernest Hemingway, H.P. Lovecraft, James Joyce, Bret Easton Ellis, Ian Curtis, Noel Gallagher, Nicolas Winding Refn and Stanley Kubrick (to name a few).

My blog, called “Atrocity Exhibitionist”, can be found here:

I think I have written enough here, don’t you?



Rebecca Sekine Bio

Hi! My name is Rebecca Sekine and I am a third year double major in History and Humanities. I’m from Burlington, Ontario and moved to Ottawa in 2015 to pursue my undergraduate degree here at Carleton. I hope this class will help me gain a comprehensive comparison between different examples of populism in history.

Who am I as a historian? I became entranced with history at a very young age through the “Dear Canada” diaries at my public library, where I became fascinated with topics such as the Titanic, the Spanish Influenza, and the First World War. My particular field of interest lies in ancient civilizations, early modern thinkers, and the very early 20th century.

Who am I as a person? I grew up a figure skater, I love to draw and paint, and I have a love for the theatre. I am an avid reader and my favourite genres are science fiction, fantasy, and romance. I would love to get to know everyone in this class! I work at Rooster’s Coffeehouse on campus, come visit me anytime! Here’s a handy link to my personal blog