Recent Awards

In April 2019, Miller-Idriss was awarded the DC Sociological Society (DCSS) Morris Rosenberg Award


In April 2019, Miller-Idriss was awarded the AU College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Exceptional Impact

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is an award-winning author and scholar of extremism and youth radicalization. She directs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE) at the American University in Washington, DC, where she is also Professor in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education. Dr. Miller-Idriss is also Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the U.K.-based Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and serves on the international advisory board of the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in Oslo, Norway. She has testified before the U.S. Congress and has briefed the UN Security Council's Counter Terrorism Committee on white supremacist extremism and white nationalist terrorism, and frequently serves as a keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist extremism to global academic and policy communities as well as staff and representatives in U.S. and international government agencies and embassies.

A globally-recognized expert on far right youth, Dr. Miller-Idriss is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six books, including Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, forthcoming from Princeton University Press in fall 2020. In addition to her academic work, Miller-Idriss writes frequently for mainstream audiences, with recent by-lines in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNN, The Hill, The Guardian, Le Monde, Salon, and more. She appears regularly in the media as an expert source and political commentator, most recently on Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, NBC's Evening News with Lester Holt, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, NBC's The Today Show, the UK's BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed, France 24's The Interview, Ireland's The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk and in Austria's DATUM Magazin.

Dr. Miller-Idriss frequently advises or consults with foundations and organizations seeking expertise on radicalization and extremism, and has provided expert consultation in legal cases involving radicalization and extremist violence.

Latest Book:

New Book

Hate in the Homeland:

The New Global Far Right


Kirkus Reviews

"A timely book that calls for vigilance against extremism in hitherto unexpected corners, online and off."

Tom Nichols

Author of The Death of Expertise

"Cynthia Miller-Idriss wants us to focus not only on the global movements that empower right-wing extremism but also on our daily experiences and interactions with extremists, as a way of understanding the danger we face. Most importantly, she uses this unique perspective to offer new ideas about how to counter the hate in our midst."

Kathleen M. Blee

Author of Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s

"Hate in the Homeland is a profound, robust, and highly original work by one of the world's very top scholars of the far right. In this pathbreaking and important book, Cynthia Miller-Idriss explores critical, overlooked avenues for combatting the rise of far-right extremism across the globe."


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Kathleen Blee
University of Pittsburgh

"Miller-Idriss attacks the burning question of the rise of the far right in Europe from a particularly original angle... The Extreme Gone Mainstream is a brilliant and ambitious contribution to the study of symbolic iconography and youth interpretation of political symbols."

Heidi Beirich

Global Project against Hate and Extremism

"Once again, Cynthia Miller-Idriss has shown her mastery of one of the most terrifying and growing social movements of our time. But this book does something much more important than just that, because Miller-Idriss also gives us solutions. Hate in the Homeland is a must-read for academics and also for practitioners working to stop the spread of hateful ideas among young people."

Kathleen Belew

Author of Bring the War Home

"From a foremost expert in the field, Hate in the Homeland is the most sweeping and persuasive account yet of the worldwide threat to democracy posed by the resurgent white power movement and other far-right activists. In examining the spaces and processes of radicalization, Miller-Idriss offers hope for real solutions. This book is required reading, especially for journalists, policymakers, and activists."

Cas Mudde

Author of The Far Right Today

"Highly original. Miller-Idriss argues that we must understand the mainstreaming of the far right in its specific spaces, in particular those spaces where youths will encounter the far right. She shows how the far right pushes boundaries and attracts youths, slowly but steadily radicalizing them and drawing them in further."

Glenn Altschuler

Psychology Today

"Hate in the Homeland is a sweeping, superb, and scary analysis of a great and growing threat to our country.

Oren Segal

Center on Extremism

"An important contribution to our understanding of modern hate and how it spreads, this book is not just for experts who study extremist movements but for anyone who cares about how hate can penetrate the spaces all around us."

Mainstream Writing & Media

October 2, 2020

Miller-Idriss wrote in USA Today about the effect of Trump's 'Stand Back, Stand By' remarks in the first presidential election debate on the far-right spectrum: "Trump's Proud Boys debate shoutout energized the entire far right. The damage is done." USA Today, October 2, 2020.

September 3, 2020

For The Hill, Miller-Idriss wrote about the questions we are missing in the fight against escalating extremism: "We're asking the wrong questions about far-right extremism."

February 19, 2020

In response to the terror attack in Hanau, Germany, Miller-Idriss wrote about mental health and extremism:  “Stop Calling Far Right Terrorists ‘Crazy.’” Politico. February 19, 2020.

August 29, 2019

For The Guardian, Miller-Idriss wrote about the co-opting of brands by the far right, and what companies can do to interrupt it: "Why does the far right love Fred Perry? Mainstream fashion is its new camouflage."

In The News

Appearance on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt to talk about far-right organizing related to the nationwide protests about COVID-19 related shelter-in-place orders. 

April 20, 2020

Interviewed and cited in Neil MacFarquhar's New York Times article, "Oklahoma City Marks 25 Years Since America's Deadliest Homegrown Attack." 

April 19, 2020

Interviewed and quoted by Hannah Allam for NPR article, "'A Perfect Storm': Extremists look for ways to exploit Coronavirus pandemic."

April 16, 2020

Interviewed by Jess McHugh for Fortune story, “Migrants, refugees are the human cost of coronavirus politics, experts say”.

March 27, 2020

Television appearance on Al Jazeera’s UpFront with Mehdi Hasan and Christian Picciolini, “How big a threat is white nationalism?”.

March 14, 2020

Other Publications


Media Inquiries

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