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Cynthia Miller-Idriss Professor, School of Public Affairs and School of Education School of Education

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Additional Positions at AU
Director of Research, Center for University Excellence (CUE)
Director, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL)
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

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education, and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE). Before her move into the School of Public Affairs in fall 2020, she was Professor of Education and Sociology at American University. In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Miller-Idriss is also Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the U.K.-based Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and serves on the international advisory board of the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in Oslo, Norway. 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. Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and has briefed the UN Security Council's Counter Terrorism Committee on white nationalist terrorism and white supremacist extremism. She frequently serves as a keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist extremism to global academic and policy communities as well as staff and representatives in U.S. and international government agencies and embassies. Dr. Miller-Idriss is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six academic books, including Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, which was published by Princeton University Press in October 2020. 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 appears regularly in the U.S. and European print and broadcast media as an expert source and political commentator, including recent appearances on CNN, NBC Evening News, 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.


Spring 2021

  • SOCY-386 Terrorism, Extremism & Educ

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Area of Expertise

extremism, far-right movements, youth radicalization, higher education

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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).

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