Sustaining Democracy Book Club

Sustaining Democracy is a book club that provides UT students a space in which to read and discuss key thinkers and texts, both canonical and contemporary, that lay the foundations for democratic and ethical governance. Readings will highlight the specific ways that ethical and democratic governance is undermined by authoritarianism, tribalism, and political corruption. Interested students should email for any questions or to join.

For the Spring 2021 semester, we will complete How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, from the previous semester. Readings after that are TBD and will be updated here.

Participants are responsible for acquiring their own copies of the book. Meetings will usually be held on Thursdays at 5 pm; all meetings will be held via Zoom. Please self-enroll in the Canvas group at , for more up-to-date meeting and reading information.

To register for the Zoom meetings, click here.


Thu 1/21: Kick-Off Meeting: No readings -- just a chance to meet and greet, as well as share thoughts about the presidential inauguration, the insurrection, and effort to overturn the election.

Thu 2/4: 
- Ch.8 of How Democracies Die, "Trump Against the Guardrails"

Thu 2/18:
- Ch.9 of How Democracies Die, "Saving Democracy"

Thu 3/4: Readings TBD

Tue 3/25: Readings TBD

Thu 4/8: Readings TBD

Thu 4/22: Readings TBD

Thu 5/6: Readings TBD


Questions? Contact Dr. Hina Azam at

Dial-In Information

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:00pm to 6:15pm

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