​​Short Bio in English:

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of Education and Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC, and Senior Fellow and Director of Outreach at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) in the United Kingdom. She has spent two decades researching radical and extreme youth culture in Europe and the U.S., most recently through a focus on how clothing, style and symbols act as a gateway into white supremacist extremism. Her most recent books are The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018), and Hate in the Homeland: The New Places and Spaces of Far Right Extremism (under contract, Princeton University Press). In addition to her academic work, Dr. Miller-Idriss writes frequently for the mainstream press on youth radicalization, white supremacist extremism, and education, with recent by-lines at CNN Style, The Guardian, Le Monde, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Fortune

 

Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and frequently serves as an keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist extremism to global academic and policy communities and to groups of staff and representatives in U.S. and international government agencies and embassies. She appears regularly in the U.S. and European print and broadcast media as an expert source and political commentator, including recent appearances on MSNBC, BBC World News, Deutsche Welle, Sky News, France 24, and more. Prior to her arrival at American University in August 2013, Dr. Miller-Idriss served on the faculty of New York University for a decade, and also taught previously at the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Sociology and German Area Studies from Cornell University.

Short Bio in German:

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss (geb. 1972) ist Professor of Education and Sociology at the American University in Washington, D.C. (USA). Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen bei Nationalismus, Radikalismus, Bildung, und Jugend. Frau Dr. Miller-Idriss studierte Soziologie und Deutsch bei Cornell University in Ithaca, NY (B.A.), und Public Policy (master’s degree) und Soziologie (Ph.D.) bei der University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Sie schreibt häufig Beiträge für die Öffentlichkeit und Presse zu Fragen der Radikalisierung, Bildung, und Elternschaft. Ihre neuste Buch, The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany, wurde im Februar 2018 von Princeton University Press veröffentlicht. Zurzeit schreibt sie ein neues Buch, Hate in the Homeland: The Places and Spaces of the New U.S. Far Right.

Full Bio in English:

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of Education and Sociology and Director of Research at the Center for University Excellence (CUE) at the American University in Washington, DC.  Dr. Miller-Idriss' research follows two trajectories: the first focused on the aesthetic and cultural dimensions of far right youth extremism and school-based responses to rising hate, and the second on the internationalization of US higher education and the production and legitimization of knowledge about the world outside of the United States. She is the author of The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018); Seeing the World: How U.S. Universities Produce Knowledge about the World  (with Mitchell Stevens and Seteney Shami, Princeton University Press, 2018); Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism, and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany (Duke University Press, 2009), co-editor of Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge (with Seteney Shami, New York University Press, 2016) and author of over two dozen peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and essays on nationalism, extremism, education, higher education and internationalization. In addition to her academic writing, Dr. Miller-Idriss writes frequently for the mainstream press on youth radicalization, white supremacist extremism, and education, with recent by-lines at CNN Style, The Guardian, Le Monde, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Fortune. Her latest book, Hate in the Homeland: The New Places and Spaces of Far Right Extremism is under contract at Princeton University Press.

Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and frequently serves as an keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist extremism to global academic and policy communities and to groups of staff and representatives in U.S. and international government agencies and embassies. She appears regularly in the U.S. and European print and broadcast media as an expert source and political commentator, including recent appearances on MSNBC, BBC World News, Deutsche Welle, Sky News, France 24, and more.

 

Dr. Miller-Idriss’ research has been funded by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Economic and Social Research Council (U.K.) and the Goethe Institute, among others.  From 2009-2012 she was a nominated fellow in the Teagle Foundation’s National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education.  She has received several research and teaching awards, including the 2019 DC Sociological Society's Morris Rosenberg Award and a 2013-14 global fellowship from Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies at the Universität zu Köln, Germany. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Analysis on the Radical Right (CARR) and an active member of the American Sociological Association, the Council for European Studies, the Comparative and International Education Society and the German Studies Association. 

 

Prior to her arrival at American University in August 2013, Dr. Miller-Idriss served on the faculty of New York University for a decade, and also taught previously at the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Sociology and German Area Studies from Cornell University.

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