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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. 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.



Christine TrostAcademic 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 is a member of the steering committee of the Consortium on Hate and Political Extremism, and from 2014-2015 she served on the Academic Advisory Board of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project.



Faculty Advisory Board Members

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

Paola Bacchetta, Professor of and Vice Chair of Pedagogy, Department 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 

Hardy FryeProfessor Emeritus of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

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

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

J. Bradford DeLongProfessor of Economics, UC Berkeley

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

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

Corey Fields, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Brian FishmanCounterterrorism Research Fellow, New America Foundation

Diana Garvin, Assistant Professor of Italian, University of Oregon

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

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

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

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

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., David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution

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

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

Molly Avery, International History, London School of Economics

Alex DiBranco, Sociology, Yale University

Michel Estefan, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Justin Gilmore, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz

Craig Johnson, History, UC Berkeley

Kevin Kenjar, Sociocultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Joseph Ledford, History, UC Berkeley

Hilary Lynd, History, UC Berkeley


2019-20 Visiting Scholars

Eliah Bures, Ph.D., History, UC Berkeley


2018-19 UC Berkeley Graduate and Undergraduate Student Minigrant Recipients

Michel Estefan, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology

Kelly Jones, Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Kevin Kenjar, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociocultural Anthropology

Hilary Lynd, Ph.D. Candidate, History

Hugo Enrique Santiago Vasquez, Undergraduate, Legal Studies


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