Popular Writing, Op-Eds and other Essays
"Training the Foreign Policy Experts We Need," with Mitchell Stevens. Inside Higher Ed, October 9, 2019.
"Why does the far right love Fred Perry? Mainstream fashion is its new camouflage." The Guardian, August 29, 2019.
"Gun Reform Alone Won't Address White Supremacy." The Boston Globe, August 4, 2019.
"The far right is really good at tricking you into giving it free advertising." Quartz, July 30, 2019, with La'Nita Johnson.
"What is a good death? How my mother planned hers is a good road map for me." The Washington Post, June 17, 2019
How to counter far-right extremism? Germany shows the way." The Guardian, May 17, 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.
"Women are Joining the Far Right- We Need to Understand Why." With Hilary Pilkington, The Guardian, 24 January 2019.
"Selling Extremism: Nationalist Streetwear and the Rise of the Far Right," CNN Style, January 10, 2019.
"When Hate Speech and Free Speech Collide." With Jonathan Friedman for Diverse Issues in Higher Education, December 6, 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, December 4, 2018.
"Lessons I Learned-- and You Can, Too-- From My 'Today Show' Appearance." The Chronicle of Higher Education October 19, 2018.
"How Love Drives Extremism." Fair Observer, October 2, 2018, with Daisy Gebbia-Richards
"The far right's love/hate relationship with social science." Times Higher Education, September 18, 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, September 10, 2018
"The Moral World of the Radical Right." Fair Observer, August 7, 2018.
"My daughter's imaginary Colonial town has a mosque. It led to an unexpected discussion." Washington Post, May 17, 2018.
"The Radical Right's Cult of the Body." Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, Insight Blog, May 3, 2018
"The Rise of Fascist Fashion: Clothing Helps the Far Right Sell Their Violent Message." Salon, April 21, 2018.
"Commercialization and the Far Right: Consuming and Constituting Extremism." Economic Sociology and Political Economy blog, April 10, 2018.
"U.S. Social Scientists Must Look Beyond Their Own Borders." Times Higher Education, March 8, 2018, with Mitchell Stevens.
"To Working Moms Everywhere: I am Here, Cheering You On." Refinery29, March 6, 2018.
Guest Blog Post: Teaching and Learning About the World in the U.S. University, National Association for Study Abroad (NAFSA), March 6, 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, March 1, 2018
"It's not the past that matters most about the German elections: It's what comes next." With Daniel Koehler, Huffington Post, September 29, 2017.
"Why Banning Hate Groups Won't End Them." Huffington Post/The World Post, August 24, 2017.
"My daughter's favorite teacher is transgender. Here's why that matters." The Huffington Post, June 21, 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**
"What to teach kids beyond 'resist' and 'persist' in the midst of so much hate." The Washington Post, March 7, 2017.
“The Most Dangerous National Security Threat that Donald Trump is Ignoring.” Fortune.com, February 13, 2017, with Daniel Köhler.
“Teaching and Learning about the Middle East.” SSRC Items, December 2016, with Seteney Shami.
“The Emotional Attachment of National Symbols,” The New York Times opinion forum, Room for Debate, September 1, 2016.
“U.S. Higher Education and Inbound Student Mobility: Domestic Displacement or Natural Progression?,” The Conversation, with Bernhard Streitwieser, May 7, 2015.
“In Service to the Globe? Universities’ Changing Sense of Community,” in Trends and Insights, published by the National Association For Study Abroad (NAFSA), 2015.