During his stay at the IWM, Jason Stanley will be working on a short book entitled "Fascism as a Social Kind" together with the philosopher Susanna Siegel. In it, they argue that it is a mistake for political philosophy to theorize only about democracy and democratic culture. Recent world events have shown that political philosophy needs to recognize a category of fascism that stands opposed to democratic culture. In the book, Stanley and Siegel show that none of the alternative concepts that are used in the media and political science, such as populism, authoritarianism, nativism, racism, or neoliberalism, do the explanatory work that fascism does to explain the present moment.
During his time at the IWM, Stanley works on "The Politics of Language", a book co-authored with David Beaver that places political speech at the foundation of study of the theory of communication. They argue that this change of focus shows that sharing social identity, affect, and emotion is at least as important as information in communication.