Cynthia Miller-Idriss is an award-winning author and scholar of extremism and 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 has testified before the U.S. Congress and regularly briefs policy, security, education and intelligence agencies in the U.S., the United Nations, and other countries on trends in domestic violent extremism and strategies for prevention and disengagement. She serves on the international advisory board of the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in Oslo, Norway and is a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)'s Tracking Hate and Extremism Advisory Committee.
A globally-recognized expert on far right youth and preventative interventions, Dr. Miller-Idriss is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six books, including Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, published by Princeton University Press in October 2020. In addition to her academic work, Miller-Idriss writes frequently for mainstream audiences, with recent by-lines in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNN, The Hill, Politico, The Guardian, Le Monde, Salon, and more. She appears regularly in the media as an expert source and political commentator, including regular appearances on Fareed Zakaria GPS as well as other CNN news programs, 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, ABC's Good Morning America, and in global news outlets in over a dozen countries, including BBC News, Deutsche Welle, France 24, al Jazeera and more.
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.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Press & Reviews
Reviewed as one of five of December 2020's "biggest releases" in the U.K.:
"Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss argues convincingly that “innovative, flexible and youth-driven ideas” are vital in the battle to counter the online transnational recruiting of fascist zealots."
"Hate in the Homeland is a sweeping, superb, and scary analysis of a great and growing threat to our country
"The real threat from the far right, [Miller-Idriss'] research suggests, is not that groups ... will launch large-scale political violence, let alone a new civil war. The bigger worry is the 'mainstreaming of extremism': the spread of hateful and violent attitudes so that ever-more people share and promote them."
"A timely book that calls for vigilance against extremism in hitherto unexpected corners, online and off."