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© 2019 Cynthia Miller-Idriss

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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

Recent Awards

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is an award-winning author and scholar of far right extremism and higher education. She is Professor of Education and Sociology and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Intervention Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE) at the American University in Washington, DC. She is also Senior Fellow and Director of Outreach at the U.K.-based Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress 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.

Dr. Miller-Idriss is the author, co-author, or co-editor of five academic books, in addition to a book-in-progress, Hate in the Homeland: The New Spaces and Places of the U.S. Far Right, which is under contract from Princeton University Press. 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 Style, The Guardian, Le Monde, Salon, and more. She appears regularly in the media as an expert source and political commentator, most recently on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, NPR's All Things Considered, NBC's The Today Show, the UK's BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed, France 24's The InterviewThe Washington Post Live, Ireland's The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk and in Austria's DATUM Magazin

New Book

The Extreme Gone Mainstream:

Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Michèle Lamont 
Harvard University

"A highly original and innovative work. Miller-Idriss has written an extraordinarily rich, well-argued, and compelling book that breaks new ground both in theories of culture and scholarship on the far right."

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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."

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."

Mabel Berezin
Cornell University

"This book is unique in its scope, original in its focus, and magisterial in its execution-- a tour de force of research that tells us how the right inserts itself into the fabric of everyday life. Miller-Idriss writes clearly and with verve."

Daniel Koehler
German Institute for Radicalization and Deradicalization Studies

[The book] opens up a complete new field and approach for understanding violent extremist radicalization processes through subcultural products... [it] will surely become a standard work in right-wing extremism studies and research on terrorism/violent extremism.

Mainstream Writing & Media

October 9, 2019

Together with Mitchell Stevens, Miller-Idriss wrote for Inside Higher Ed about the U.S. Department of Education critique of Middle East Studies: "Training the Foreign Policy Experts We Need,"

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."

July 30, 2019

Together with La'Nita Johnson, Miller-Idriss wrote for Quartz about the pitfalls of studying far right commercial products: "The far right is really good at tricking you into giving it free advertising." July 30, 2019 at qz.com. 

June 17, 2019

For The Washington Post, Miller-Idriss' third essay about her mother's decline and death from Alzheimer's was published June 17, 2019: "What is a good death? How my mother planned hers is a good road map for me."

In The News

Interviewed by Joel Rose for NPR's All Things Considered story, "Calls Grown for Stephen Miller to Leave White House After Leaked Emails." November 25, 2019.

November 25, 2019

Guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal for a discussion of white supremacist extremism

August 8, 2019

In-depth discussion of The Extreme Gone Mainstream on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, with host Laurie Taylor

April 3, 2019

Other Publications

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