Cynthia Miller-Idriss

  • Hate in the Homeland
  • How to Understand and Combat Far-Right Extremism
  • In dialogue

The signs of growing far-right extremism are all around us, and communities in America, Germany, and across the globe are struggling to understand how so many people are being radicalized and why they are increasingly attracted to violent movements. Most recently, the events that took place on Capitol Hill on January 6th may have confirmed fears that this will be a battle constantly challenging moderates on both sides of the political scale.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss draws on the research from her two most recent books to show how radicalization must be understood and combated. Hate in the Homeland shows how tomorrow’s far-right nationalists are being recruited in surprising places, from college campuses and mixed martial arts gyms to clothing stores, online gaming chat rooms, and YouTube cooking channels. The Extreme Gone Mainstream focuses in on how extremism is going mainstream in Germany through clothing brands laced with racist and nationalist symbols. In both, Miller-Idriss identifies how young people on the margins of our communities are targeted in these settings, and how the path to radicalization is a nuanced process of moving in and out of far-right scenes throughout adolescence and adulthood.

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a professor at the American University in Washington, D.C., where she directs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE). She has testified before the U.S. Congress, has briefed the U.N. Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, and frequently serves as a keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist and far-right extremism to global academic and policy communities.

She appears regularly in the media as an expert source and political commentator, including recent appearances on CNN with Fareed Zakaria, PBS News Hour, MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Today Show, and Good Morning America as well as in global media outlets in over a dozen countries. Her most recent book is Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Introduction and Moderation: Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, Executive Director, Amerikahaus – Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations in Munich

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A part of the event series End of the Transatlantic (T)Space?

Organizer: Amerikahaus – Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

In cooperation with Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum Stuttgart, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Sachsen, Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz, Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg, DAI Heidelberg, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Nürnberg, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarland, d.a.i. Tübingen, AmerikaHaus NRW, Amerikazentrum Hamburg, Amerika-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein


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