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Cynthia Miller-Idriss Professor of Education and Sociology School of Education

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Professor of Sociology and Director, International Training and Education Program
PhD Sociology, University of Michigan; MPP Public Policy, University of Michigan; MA Sociology, University of Michigan; AB Sociology and German Area Studies, magna cum laude, Cornell University

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of Education and Sociology 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. Miller-Idriss' most recent books include 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). She is 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, extremism, education and parenting, most recently for, The Guardian, Le Monde, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Fortune. She is currently at work on a new book, Hate in the Homeland: The Places and Spaces of the New U.S. Far Right. 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 at NYU for a decade, and has 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. At American University, Miller-Idriss teaches courses on culture, identity, extremism, education, research methods, and globalization.

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international higher education, knowledge production (universities), extremism, far-right movements

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Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Associate Professor of Education and Sociology in the Collegeof Arts and Sciences and Director of the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education.

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