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Chair and Lead Researcher

Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal is Chair and Lead Researcher of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Social Change for a dozen years before founding the Center in 2009. He has taught at UC Berkeley in the Sociology and Italian Studies Departments and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Naples in Italy.  He has studied the Right in the United States and in Italy and is currently working on a study of the contemporary American Right in comparison to movements of the Right in 20th century Europe.


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Academic Coordinator

Dr. Christine Trost is Academic Coordinator of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies. She also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI). Trost develops new research initiatives related to the study of right-wing movements, organizes conferences and events, coordinates the mini-grants program, and directs the second-year of the Graduate Fellows Program. She is co-editor (with Lawrence Rosenthal) of Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party (University of California Press, 2012).  Trost earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught courses on American politics in the Political Science Department at Berkeley and at Mills College. In 2008 she received the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award for her work as a member of the Berkeley Initiative for Leadership and Diversity Steering Committee. She also served on the Academic Advisory Board of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project from 2014-15.


Faculty Advisory Board Members

Michael Omi, Chair, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, and Chair of the Beatrice Bain Research Group, UC Berkeley

Troy Duster, Chancellor's Professor, UC Berkeley and Professor of Sociology, New York University

William Russell Ellis, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, UC Berkeley 

Hardy Frye, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Carole Joffe, Professor Emerita of Sociology, UC Davis, and Professor, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, UCSF

Kim Voss, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley


Affiliated Faculty and Scholars

Kubilay Arin, Ph.D., Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Chip Berlet, Ph. D., investigative journalist, former senior analyst at Political Research Associates

Bob Blauner, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Eric Darras, Professor of Political Science, Toulouse University School of Political Science

J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

Maureen Eger, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University

Corey Fields, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, New America Foundation

Kristin Haltinner, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Utah

Jennifer Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kenyon College

Michael Minkenberg, Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

Minoo Moallem, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley

Cas Mudde, Assistant Professor, Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia

AlSayyad Nezar, Professor of Architecture, City Planning, Urban Design, and Urban History, UC Berkeley

Merijn Oudenampsen, Ph.D. Candidate,Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Alina Polyakova, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Dylan Riley, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Vesna Rodic, Lecturer, French Department, UC Berkeley

Ruth RosenProfessor Emerita of History, UC Davis

Walter Skya, Associate Professor of History, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alan Tansman, Professor and Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, UC Berkeley

Karen Trapenberg Frick, Co-Director, UC Transportation Center and Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

Cihan Tugal, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Priya Venkatesan, Lecturer, Santa Clara University, Department of English

Fabian Virchow, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, Germany

Bernhard Weidinger, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Vienna

Jason Wittenberg, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Ariana Zambiras, Visiting Scholar, Sociology, UC Berkeley


2015-16 UC Berkeley Graduate and Undergraduate Student Minigrant Recipients

Emine Fidan Elcioglu, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, "Immigration Politics and the Religious Right"

Laura Jakli, Doctoral Student, Political Science, "Shameful Preferences and the Far Right in Europe: The Migrant Crisis and the Legitimization of Extremist Identification"

Sunmin Kim, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, "Re-envisioning the Nation: The Transformation of Race in the Dillingham Commission Report (1911)"

Noam Shoked, Doctoral Candidate, Architecture - History, Theory, Society, "At Home in the State of Uncertainty: Settlements in the West Bank, 1967 to the Present"


2015-16 UC Berkeley Graduate and Undergraduate Student Minigrant Recipients

Craig Johnson, Doctoral Student, History, "Argentine Ideologues Moving from Left to Right"

Jeffrey Vance Martin, Doctoral Student, Geography, "Conflict and Cohabitation: Livestock Producers and Gray Wolves in Central Idaho"

Liana Prescott, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, "The Development of Political Identification and Moralization among Berkeley Freshmen"


2013-14 UC Berkeley Graduate and Undergraduate Student Minigrant Recipients

Teofilo Ballve, Doctoral Student, Geography, "Narcos, Rebels and Rural Oligarchs: The Making of Paramilitaries in Colombia"

Philip Rocco, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, "Forging a Complex Republic: Political Conflict and the Statutory Origins of American Intergovernmental Relations, 1945-2012"

Hannah Waits, Doctoral Student, History, "Global Gospel, American Politics: American Evangelical Missionaries and the Transnational History of the Culture Wars"


2012-13 UC Berkeley Graduate and Undergraduate Student Minigrant Recipients

Mary Hoopes, Doctoral Candidate, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, "Understanding the Emergence & Diffusion of Recent Restrictive State Laws Regulating Immigration"

Heather Melquist, Doctoral Student, Anthropology, "The 'Multisite Church Revolution' in American Evangelicalism"

David Tamayo, Doctoral Student, History, "Voluntary Associations and the Politicization of the Mexican Middle Classes, 1940-60"

Gabriel Schwartzman, Undergraduate, Geography, "From Left to Right: Stories of Political Transition in Appalachia"


2011-12 UC Berkeley Graduate and Undergraduate Student Minigrant Recipients

Angelo Matteo Caglioti, Doctoral Student, History, "Modernizing Fascism: Agricultural Sciences and Mussolini's African Empire"

Christopher Chambers-Ju, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, "Odd Bedfellows: The Mexican Teachers' Unions Alliance with a Right-Wing Party"

Cyrus Dioun, Doctoral Student, Sociology, "Untangling Religion and Politics: A Network Approach to Theocracy"

Cameron McKee, Undergraduate, History and History of Art, "Visual Anxiety: Deviant Gender and Depictions of the Jewish Male During the Dreyfus Affair"

Gabriel Schwartzman, Undergraduate, Geography, "The Appalachian 'Pro-Coal' Movement"

Agnieszka Smelkowska, Undergraduate, History, "Why Fascism Failed in Interwar Poland"


2010-11 UC Berkeley Graduate and Undergraduate Student Minigrant Recipients

Alina Polyakova, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, "Right-Wing Politics and Civil Society in Post-Communist Democracies"

Nazanin Shahrokni, Doctoral Candidate, "Gender Segregated Space: Traversing the 'Public' in Iran"

David Tamayo, Doctoral Student, History, "The Conservative Right in Urban Mexico"

Andrina Tran, Undergraduate, History, "'Radicals for Capitalism': Ayn Rand and the Conservative Youth Movement of the 1960s"


2009-10 UC Berkeley Graduate and Undergraduate Student Minigrant Recipients

Jackie Bass, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, "Word of Faith and the African American Community"

Neal Richardson, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, "The Politics of Abundance: Export Agriculture and Conservative Politics in South America"

Nu-Anh Tran, Doctoral Candidate, History, "Contested Identities: Nationalism in the Republic of Vietnam, 1945-65"

Livier Gutierrez, Undergraduate, Sociology, "The California Minutemen Project Civil Defense Corps"