Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a professor of education and sociology at the American University in Washington, DC, and a senior fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). Her primary research areas are on the cultural dimensions of radical and extreme right youth subcultures and school-based responses to radical and extreme youth engagement, and on knowledge production and internationalization in higher education. Her most recent book is The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018). Miller-Idriss also writes frequently for mainstream audiences on issues of youth radicalization, nationalism, education and parenting.

How Love Drives Extremism

October 02, 2018

The human need for connection leads young people to be especially vulnerable to extremist groups who promise deep connection, comradeship, brotherhood and belonging. Even a cursory glance at recent books on extremism makes clear the kinds of emotions that most scholars and policymakers see as central to the appeal of...

The Moral World of the Radical Right

August 07, 2018

To fully understand the rapid growth in the appeal of radical right politics to so many people, we also need to look at their moral and ethical worlds. Most explanations for the recent growth of the radical right rely upon some combination of structural concerns, ideological positions and emotional desires....