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Research

Through empirical research, cultivated research networks, experimental interventions, and public engagement, the Center for University Excellence (CUE) generates knowledge intended to shape both institutional reforms and national and global conversations about the role of higher education and knowledge production in democratic civil society.

Polarization and Extremism Research and Intervention Lab (PERIL)

PERIL is designed to bring the resources and expertise of the university sector to bear on the pressing problem of growing youth polarization and extremist radicalization. Through partnerships, funded research and evaluations, and out-of-the-box design thinking, PERIL will empirically test scalable research, intervention, and public education ideas to reduce rising polarization and hate. What works best to increase youth empathy and cross-cultural understanding? How can media literacy training be made more effective? What intervention approaches work best with parents, teachers, college advisors and other adults to help reduce radicalization and build resilience to extremist narratives? These and other questions are at the heart of PERIL’s work across the ideological spectrum. We aim to connect innovative academic expertise with the public.

Selected Books

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press)

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Seeing the World: How US Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era (Princeton University Press, with co-authors Mitchell Stevens and Seteney Shami)

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Gender and the Radical and Extreme Right: Mechanisms of Transmission and The Role of Educational Interventions (Routledge, with co-editor Hilary Pilkington)

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany. Duke University Press

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "Stop Calling Far-Right Terrorists 'Crazy,'" Politico, February 20, 2020.

Daniel Koehler, "The Halle, Germany, Synagogue Attack and the Evolution of the Far-Right Terror Threat," CTC Sentinel, December 2019.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "Training the Foreign Policy Experts We Need," with Mitchell Stevens. Inside Higher Ed, October 9, 2019.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "Why does the far right love Fred Perry? Mainstream fashion is its new camouflage." The Guardian, August 29, 2019.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "Gun Reform Alone Won't Address White Supremacy." The Boston Globe, August 4, 2019.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "The far right is really good at tricking you into giving it free advertising." Quartz, July 30, 2019, with La'Nita Johnson.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "How to counter far-right extremism? Germany shows the way." The Guardian, May 17, 2019.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "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.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "Women are Joining the Far Right- We Need to Understand Why." With Hilary Pilkington, The Guardian, 24 January 2019.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, "Selling Extremism: Nationalist Streetwear and the Rise of the Far Right," CNN Style, January 10, 2019.