Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of Education and Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC, where she directs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE). Dr. Miller-Idriss also serves as Director of Strategy and Partnerships for the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) in the United Kingdom, and is a member of the international advisory board for the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in Norway, Oslo. 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 Hate in the Homeland: The New Places and Spaces of Far Right Extremism (Princeton University Press, 2020) and The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018). 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 Politico, The Boston Globe, 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 a 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, Al Jazeera, 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.