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Popular Writing, Op-Eds and other Essays

Recent MSBNC Columns

As an MSNBC Opinion Columnist, Miller-Idriss writes regular op-ed essays. See recent essays here:

January 5, 2022

September/October 2021

"From 9/11 to 1/6: The War on Terror Supercharged the Far Right." Foreign Affairs. Volume 100, No. 5: 54-65.

June 15, 2021

The U.S. is fighting extremism all wrong." The Atlantic. June 15, 2021.

June 15, 2021

Biden strategy takes on homegrown extremism." The Boston Globe. June 15, 2021.

April 30, 2021

April/May 2021

"Uniting for Total Collapse: The January 6 Boost to Accelerationism." With Brian Hughes. CTC Sentinel, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. April/May 2021: 12-18.

March 2021

February 3, 2021

January 22, 2021

From White House to dark web.” Tortoise Media. January 22, 2021

January 20, 2021

“A White House task force on white supremacy.” One of two dozen short, invited expert essays asked to submit bold ideas as part of a feature, “Biden Wants to Unite the Country. How Can He Do It?” Politico, January 20, 2021.

January 13, 2021

December 15, 2020

October 2020

In Whose Interest? Gender and Far Right Politics in the United States.” Democracy and Human Rights series, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington, DC, October 2020.

September 8, 2020

Portland and Kenosha violence was predictable—and preventable.” The Conversation, September 8, 2020. Essay syndicated and republished in U.S. News and World Report, Salon, and local outlets across the U.S. and in Germany.

September 3, 2020

We’re asking the wrong questions about far-right extremism.” The Hill, publication date September 3, 2020.

July 19, 2020

We’re living in a perfect storm for extremist recruitment. Here’s what we can do to stop it.” CNN, publication date July 19, 2020.

June 4, 2020

Invited short essay included in It Really Is Different This Time.” Politico. One of two dozen contributions by experts as part of a feature on the George Floyd protests, publication date June 4, 2020.

May 1, 2020

“The risks of online radicalization in the COVID-19 era.” Essay commissioned for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Coronavirus Blog, “Solidarity beyond the crisis,” publication date May 1, 2020.

March 12, 2020

As classes move online, human connections matter more than ever.” The Washington Post, essay for Valerie Strauss’ Answer Sheet

February 19, 2020

October 9, 2019

"Training the Foreign Policy Experts We Need," with Mitchell Stevens. Inside Higher Ed

August 4, 2019

July 30, 2019

April 2019

"​L’Allemagne a développé l’approche la plus complète de la lutte contre l’extrême droite." Le Monde, 4 April 2019. English version, "How to Prevent Hate," published by the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right Insight Blog on 9 April 2019.

January 24, 2019

"Women are Joining the Far Right- We Need to Understand Why." With Hilary Pilkington, The Guardian

December 6, 2018

"When Hate Speech and Free Speech Collide." With Jonathan Friedman for Diverse Issues in Higher Education

December 4, 2018

"My Mother Has Forgotten Everything, Including Me. But I Still Feel Her Love," The Washington Post, November 29, 2018. Republished in the New Zealand Herald, November 30, 2018; in the Chicago Tribune, December 2, 2018; in The Lily

October 19, 2018

October 2, 2018

"How Love Drives Extremism." Fair Observer, October 2, 2018, with Daisy Gebbia-Richards

September 18, 2018

September 10, 2018

"En Allemagne, « un niveau de coopération inédit entre les groupes d’extrême droite »​" in Le Monde, September 6, 2018, with Daniel Koehler; English-language version, "The United German Extreme Right," published in openDemocracy.

August 7, 2018

May 3, 2018

"The Radical Right's Cult of the Body." Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, Insight Blog

April 10, 2018

"Commercialization and the Far Right: Consuming and Constituting Extremism." Economic Sociology and Political Economy blog

March 8, 2018

"U.S. Social Scientists Must Look Beyond Their Own Borders." Times Higher Education, March 8, 2018, with Mitchell Stevens.

March 6, 2018

March 1, 2018

Essay for the "Page 99" test, in which authors are asked to turn to page 99 of their book and reflect on whether and how it is representative of the book's overall arguments. The Page 99 Test

September 29, 2017

May 2017

"My mother forgot who I was, and it made me a better daughter." The Washington Post, May 12, 2017. (Reprinted in The National Post (Canada), May 12, 2017 and The Independent (U.K.), May 16, 2017)
**Listen to a radio interview I gave about the essay with Mark Sutcliffe here**

February 13, 2017

The Most Dangerous National Security Threat that Donald Trump is Ignoring.”, February 13, 2017, with Daniel Köhler.

December 2016

“Teaching and Learning about the Middle East.” SSRC Items, December 2016, with Seteney Shami.

September 1, 2016

The Emotional Attachment of National Symbols,” The New York Times opinion forum, Room for Debate


In Service to the Globe? Universities’ Changing Sense of Community,” in Trends and Insights, published by the National Association For Study Abroad (NAFSA), 2015.

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