The Passport as Home: Comfort in Rootlessness

Currently, Markovits’s academic work comprises three areas of research: First and foremost, he has published a book on anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in Europe. Entitled “Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America” and published by Princeton University Press, this work analyzes resentment towards things American in seven European countries. Going well beyond the conventional realm of politics, Markovits demonstrates that such resentment pervades quotidian culture and discourse.

Second, Markovits continues his work on sports. In particular, he has expanded his analyses of how gender construes hegemonic sports culture from his earlier work at the University of Michigan to comprise other institutions of the Big Ten Conference.

Third, Markovits has just embarked on an analysis as to how the discourse towards animals, dogs in particular, has massively changed in the advanced industrial world over the past 20 – 30 years. In particular, he hopes to ascertain why key aspects of this changed discourse and its accompanying behavior have featured women as their most dynamic and central agents. Centering his work on a major survey of canine rescue organizations in Michigan, Markovits hopes to expand this project to Massachusetts (the Union’s most Democratic state) and Utah (its most Republican) in order to see how politics conventionally understood might – or might not – play a role in the altered nature of how humans relate to animals, specifically dogs. Once the research in the United States will be completed, Markovits has plans to place the American case into a comparative framework by analyzing parallel developments in Great Britain and Germany.

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