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Lawrence RosenthalChair and Lead Researcher

Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal is Chair and Lead Researcher of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, which he founded 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. He co-edited Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party and The New Nationalism and the First World War. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Nation, the International New York TimesThe San Francisco Chronicle, Foreign Policy and many others. Some of his commentary can be found on HuffPost. He is author of Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism (New Press 2020).



Faculty Advisory Board Members

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

Paola Bacchetta, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley

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

William Russell EllisProfessor Emeritus of Architecture, UC Berkeley 

Carole JoffeProfessor 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

Martina Avanza, Senior Lecturer, Political Sociology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Chip Berlet, Investigative journalist, former senior analyst at Political Research Associates

Emily Bruce, Lecturer and Director of Equity and Inclusion, Student Services, UC Berkeley School of Law

Eliah Bures, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for Right-Wing Studies

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

J. Bradford DeLongProfessor of Economics, UC Berkeley

John Aubrey Douglass - Senior Research Fellow and Research Professor, UC Berkeley

Maureen Eger, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Umeå University

Emine Fidan Elcioglu, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Corey Fields, Associate Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University

Brian FishmanCounterterrorism Research Fellow, New America Foundation

Diana Garvin, Assistant Professor of Italian, University of Oregon

Nicola Guerra, Adjunct Professor of Modern Italian History and Society, University of Turku, Finland

Marianna Griffini, Ph.D., European and International Studies, King's College London

Farid Hafez, Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Salzburg

Kristin HaltinnerAssistant Professor of Sociology, University of Utah

Luke Howie, Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia

Jennifer Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kenyon College

Sara Kamali, Ph.D., Founder and Director of Kamali Consulting

Sylvie Laurent, Senior Lecturer, Sciences Po, Paris, France

Jason Luger, Lecturer in City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley

Carol Mason, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Kentucky

Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Education and Sociology, American University

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

Sarah Anne Minkin, Ph.D., Lecturer, Sociology, University of San Francisco

Minoo MoallemProfessor of Gender and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley

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

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

Alina Polyakova, Ph.D., President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)

Dylan RileyAssociate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Vesna Rodic, Lecturer, French Department, UC Berkeley

Ruth RosenProfessor Emerita of History, UC Davis

Vibeke Schou Tjalve, Senior Researcher and World of the Right (WoR) project coordinator, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ralph Schroeder, Professor of Social Science of the Internet, University of Oxford, UK

Janelle Scott, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education and African American Studies Department, UC Berkeley

Noam Shoked, Princeton-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University

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

Christine Trost, Executive Director, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley, and former Program Director, CRWS

Cihan Tugal, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Priya VenkatesanLecturer, Department of English, Santa Clara University

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

Bernhard Weidinger, Ph.D., Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance

Jason WittenbergAssociate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Owen Worth, Senior Lecturer, International Relations, University of Limerick, Ireland

Ariana ZambirasVisiting Scholar, Sociology, UC Berkeley


Affiliated Graduate Students

Elena Amaya, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Anirvan Chowdhury, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Jillian J. Foster, Political Science, Yale University

Justin Gilmore, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz

Matthew Grumbach, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Craig Johnson, History, UC Berkeley

Kelly Jones, Sociology, UC San Diego

Kevin Kenjar, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Joseph Ledford, History, UC Berkeley

Tyler Leeds, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Hilary Lynd, History, UC Berkeley

William Rathje, Sociology, UC Berkeley


Undergraduate Student Assistant

Katherine Booska, History, UC Berkeley Class of 2023



2022-23 Visiting Scholars

Balša Lubarda, PhD, Visiting Teaching Fellow at University of Babes-Bolyai (Romania) and the Head of the Ideology Research Unit at Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right

Valentin Wutke, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Bonn, Germany, and a fellow at the Heinrich Böll Foundation



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