- Additional Positions at AU
- Professor of Sociology and Director of Research, Center for University Excellence (CUE)
- 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. She is also Director of Research at the Center for University Excellence (CUE), where she runs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL). In addition to her primary faculty appointments, Dr. Miller-Idriss is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs, and is Senior Fellow and Director of Outreach at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) in the United Kingdom. She has spent two decades researching radical and extreme youth culture in Europe and the U.S., most recently through a focus on how clothing, style and symbols act as a gateway into white supremacist extremism. Her most recent books are The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018), and Hate in the Homeland: The New Places and Spaces of Far Right Extremism (under contract, Princeton University Press). In addition to her academic work, Dr. Miller-Idriss writes frequently for the mainstream press on youth radicalization, white supremacist extremism, and education, with recent by-lines at CNN Style, The Guardian, Le Monde, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Fortune. Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and frequently serves as an keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist extremism to global academic and policy communities and to groups of staff and representatives in U.S. and international government agencies and embassies. She appears regularly in the U.S. and European print and broadcast media as an expert source and political commentator, including recent appearances on MSNBC, BBC World News, Deutsche Welle, Sky News, France 24, and more. Prior to her arrival at American University in August 2013, Dr. Miller-Idriss served on the faculty of New York University for a decade, and 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.
Area of Expertise
extremism, far-right movements, youth radicalization, higher education
Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of Education and Sociology in the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, and is Director of Research at the Center for University Excellence (CUE), where she runs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL).