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Lectures & Keynotes

Recent invited lectures and keynotes include:

Recent Government Testimonies & Lectures For Policymakers & Law Enforcement

  • “Hate Without Borders: The Internationalization of Extremism.” Invited speaker, The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference, October 17, 2020, New Orleans.

  • “Engaging Terrorist Threats: Racially and Ethnically Motivated Terrorism.” U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute (FSI), March 2, 2020.  

  • “Countering Racially- and Ethnically-Motivated Terrorism.” Invited panelist, Policing for Countering Violent Extremism Symposium co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice ICITAP, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism, and Hedayah. Washington, DC. December 3, 2019.

  • “Symbols, Codes and Gestures in Far-Right Extremism.” Invited speaker, European Counter-Terrorism Centre (ECTC) at Europol. ECTC Annual Review meeting, The Hague, the Netherlands, December 10, 2019.

  • “Far Right Violence and the Mixed Martial Arts Scene.” Invited lecture, U.S. Department of State, November 7, 2019.

  • “Subcultural & Youth Scene Dimensions of Far-Right Extremism:  The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) World.” Invited speaker at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and the National Intelligence Council (NIC) Conference: “Expanding the Counterterrorism Aperture: New Perspectives for a New Decade.” October 16, 2019.

  • “The Global Rise of White Supremacy Extremism: Understanding the Threat and Applying Policy Solutions.” Invited panelist at the Soufan Center, New York, NY, September 26, 2019.

  • U.S. Congressional Testimony, September 18, 2019 for the hearing “Meeting the Challenge of White Nationalist Terrorism at home and Abroad.” The Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism and the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism. U.S. House of Representatives.

  • “Rejuvenation: The Appeal of White Supremacy to Youth.”  Invited speaker at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research meeting, “Global Aspects of White Supremacy Extremism,” July 22, 2019.

  • “Right-wing and Religious Violent Extremism.” Invited speaker for Policy Roundtable hosted by The Embassy of Liechtenstein and Women In International Security, Washington DC, May 2, 2019

  • “Extreme Right-Wing Terrorism and the Sri Lanka Attacks.” Invited speaker on expert panel for closed audience of counter-terrorism colleagues from eight embassies and U.S. government. Hosted by British Embassy, Washington, DC, May 2, 2019.

Other Recent Invited Keynotes and Lectures:

  • Keynote Lecture for the conference “Containing the digital spheres of global far-right terrorism," Jena Institute for Democracy and Civil Society, 10 December 2020, Berlin, Germany.

  • Plenary Lecture for the 2021 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, “Hate in the Homeland: The New Spaces and Places of Far Right Extremism.” Originally scheduled for April 10, 2020 in Denver. Rescheduled due to COVID-19 meeting cancellation to the April 7-11, 2021 meeting in Seattle.

  • Keynote Lecture, Austrian Center for Fashion Research (ACfFR) at the Academy of Applied Arts, Vienna at the symposium “Fashion, Pop Culture and the New Right,” in partnership with the Institute for Education in the Arts (IKL). “Selling Extremism: Fashion, Fascism and Embodiment.” June 19, 2019.

  • Keynote Lecture for the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right’s Inaugural Conference, “The New Spaces and Places of the Far Right.” May 17, 2019, London, U.K.

  • Plenary Lecture for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2019 Meeting, “Internationalization and US Higher Education.” April 2019, San Francisco.

  • Featured speaker, “Washington Post Live Transformers: Education.” Live interview and discussion on the global dimensions of higher education. January 17, 2019, Washington, DC

  • Public Keynote, “The New Right and the New Left in Europe: Continuity, Rupture and the Politics of Emotions.” London School of Economics and Political Science. November 13, 2018, London, U.K.​

  • Public Keynote, “Banal? Über Nationen und Nationalismus (Banal? About Nations and Nationalism).” Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/Federal Center for Civic Education Conference on Nationalism in Eurpope and Germany: “Wir Zuerst!” Nationalismus in Europa und Deutschland  6. September 2018, Mainz, Germany

  • Memorial Keynote, “What the Japanese Concept of ‘Ikigai’ can Teach us about Education for a Meaningful Life.” The Al-Barzinji Memorial Keynote Lecture, International Institute of Islamic Thought, May 22, 2018​

  • Keynote, “Ambivalent Internationals: U.S. Social Science and the Production of Global Knowledge.”  DC Sociological Society Annual Banquet, May 24, 2018.

Recent invited talks on Far-Right Extremism and Nationalism:

  • "Hate in the Homeland:

    • In 2020: at University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; University of Antwerp, Belgium; John Jay College, New York City.

  • “The Extreme Gone Mainstream”:

    • In 2020: at George Washington University Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; American University School of Public Affairs; University of Antwerp, Belgium; Center for Research on Extremism (CREX), Oslo; Center for Research on Extremism (CREX), ParisFall 2019 at

    • In 2019: at CUNY Graduate Center, NYC; University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University School of Education and Human Development, University of California-Berkeley; Harvard University, Lafayette College

    • In 2018 at the Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo, Norway; Cornell University (snow cancellation); Georgetown University; George Mason University; Search for Common Ground-DC; U.S. State Department; American University’s School of Education; American University Faculty Emeriti Luncheon; NYU Deutsches Haus/University of Cologne, Boston University, Michigan State University, University of Pittsburgh, NYU Deutsches Haus/University of Cologne; University of Pittsburgh; Michigan State University​; Boston University

      • Video of NYU Deutsches Haus talk available here

  • “What Professors Need to Know about Online Hate and Harassment.” Speaker, PEN America Online Forum, April 10, 2020.

  • “Preventing Violent Extremism in the Classroom,” Invited panel speaker, SXSW EDU, Austin, Texas, March 10, 2020 (Postponed and rescheduled as online webinar due to COVID-19 cancellation of SXSW EDU)

  • American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Presidents’ Trust Forum Presidents’ Breakfast, “Confronting White Supremacy and Hate Speech on Campus,” Invited speaker, Washington, DC, January 24, 2020


  • “Manipulating Democracy.” Invited lecture for the Institute for Research on Women (IRW) at Rutgers University’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Lecture Series, “This is What Democracy Looks Like: Feminist Re-Imaginings.” October 24, 2019

  •  “Sovereignty and nativism,’‘home’ and ‘belonging’: populists in Europe.” Invited panelist, Council for European Studies Presidential Symposium, Madrid, Spain, June 21, 2019

  • “What Can Nationalism Research Teach Us About Contemporary Politics?”  Invited panelist, Council for European Studies Presidential Symposium, Chicago, IL, March 29, 2018

  • “Selling Hate: Far Right Extremism and the Marketing of Islamophobia.” Invited lecture, The International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA, May 8, 2018

  • “‘We’ll always have your back’: Intimacy, Male Friendships and Far Right Radicalization.” Invited lecture, University of Oslo, Norway, Center for Research on Right-Wing Extremism (C-REX), May 14, 2018.

  • “What is Home in a Globalized World?” Invited speaker, Night-Owl Panel at the 2018 Brussels Forum, German Marshall Fund, March 8, 2018.

Recent Invited talks on Knowledge, the Global and Universities

  •  “Seeing the World: How Universities Produce Knowledge in the Global Era.”

    • In 2018: at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge/Social Science Research Council, New York; Northeastern University, Boston; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    • In 2019: at University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communication, Philadelphia; the Social Science Research Council’s College and University Fund for the Social Sciences Conference, New York City, September 23, 2019

  • “Weaponizing Science for the Greater Good.” Speaker, Science Magazine/American Academy of Arts and Sciences Webinar, June 6, 2019.

  • “Regions, Disciplines and Institutions: the Global in U.S. Universities.” With Seteney Shami and Jonathan Friedman, Social Science Research Council, NYC, November 8, 2017

  • “Teaching and Learning about the Middle East.” U.S. State Department, Ralph Bunche Library Speakers Series, Washington, D.C., March 23, 2017

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