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The Center is actively engaged in gathering data and resources that can be used by scholars studying the Right. These include:

  • Collection of JBS-Related Audio and Visual Recordings from the 1960s / early 1970s
  • CCSRWM-People for the American Way Collection of Conservative Political Ephemera, 1980-2004
  • CCSRWM-People for the American Way Archive of Conservative Broadcasting
  • Bibliography of Academic Theses and Dissertations on the American Right
  • FBI Freedom of Information Act Archive of Radical Right-Wing Groups and Individuals
  • Archives and Private Papers Pertaining to Conservative and Extreme Right Movements in the U.S. (annotated by Ernie Lazar)
  • Database of Berkeley Faculty who Study Right-Wing Movements, Organizations, and Ideas


Other resources:

Collection of JBS-Related Audio and Visual Recordings from the 1960s / early 1970s

This collection of rare audio and visual recordings used to recruit and mobilize individuals in the 1960s and early 1970s was donated to CRWS and is available for listening/viewing in the CRWS auido-video archive.  The materials have been transferred from their original format (3x3” audio tapes, 5x5” audio tapes, 7x7” audio tapes, 14x14” film) to CDs and DVDs, thanks to generous funding provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The collection includes recordings of workshops, lectures, films, spot ads, and other educational materials used by the John Birch Society (JBS) to recruit new members and promote right-wing causes following the Second Red Scare. The collection includes audio recordings of right-wing figures such as Phyllis Schlafly, Lola Belle Holmes, G. Edward Griffin, W. Cleon Skousen, and Robert Welch, who describe the perceived communist threat to American democracy. Several recordings explain the logics behind JBS recruitment and organizing strategies (e.g., Operation Book Sales). Films in the collection include, among others, Katanga: The Untold Story, a case study that accuses the U.S. and U.N. of colluding with Soviet powers to form a new world government; The Grand Design, a filmed lecture in which G. Edward Griffin explains the communist-led threat of world government; and In One Generation, a banquet speech by Robert Welch in which he recites chosen excerpts from The Blue Book verbatim to show how the book he authored in 1959 predicted the communist-sympathizing actions of the U.S. government during the previous 15 years.

This collection is part of the CRWS audio-video archive, which is housed at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at the University of California at Berkeley.  Scholars who are interested in obtaining access to these recordings may contact CRWS Program Director and ISSI Associate Director, Dr. Christine Trost (ctrost AT  Scholars will need to bring their own laptop, CD-Rom reader, and headphones with them in order to listen to/view the collection.

Download the collection's finding aid here.

CCSRWM-People for the American Way Archive of Conservative Political Ephemera, 1980-2004

In June of 2010, People for the American Way donated its vast and unique collection of materials on the American Right to our Center.  This archive is permanently housed at UC Berkeley's prestigious Bancroft Library, one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States.

Comprised of approximately 1,220 organizations, 300 individual files, and 80 rare right-wing magazines and newspapers, the Collection charts the flourishing movements of American conservatism from the 1980s to the early twenty-first century. The materials in the collection, which include organizations' and individuals' pamphlets, direct mailings, publications, speeches, conference programs, internal financial records, membership lists, fundraising strategies, voter guides, manuals, and biographies document the ideological orientations, policy positions, talking points, and organizational structures and strategies of hundreds of right-wing organizations, individuals, and publications. A large portion of the collection focuses specifically on documents associated with the "religious right." Of particular interest (due to scope) are materials pertaining to the American Family Association, Christian Coalition, Coalition for Better TV, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, the Moral Majority, and the Pat Robertson Papers. Additionally, there are comprehensive collections of the following publications: Charisma & Christian LifeChalcedon ReportChronicleFocus on the Family and New American.

Issues covered in the Collection include political strategy and tactics, taxation, race, guns, the judiciary, marriage, homosexuality, foreign policy, the military, and the role of religion in American politics. It is our hope that political  scientists, sociologists, historians, legal scholars, policy makers, and other scholars will use the collection to illuminate our historical and social understanding of the American Right. 

To read more about the materials in the Collection and how to access them, click here.

To view a list of the names of organizations, individuals and publications that comprise the materials in the archive, click here

CRWS-People for the American Way Archive of Conservative Broadcasting

CRWS's video archive consists of approximately 2,200 DVDs with content transferred from the videotape collection of People For the American Way (PFAW). PFAW recorded network and cable broadcasting throughout the 1980s, 90s and 2000s, widely documenting year-to-year developments among major figures and organizations of the right. Televangelist broadcasts occupy a good portion of the archive, including such television programs as Pat Robertson's 700 Club, The Old Time Gospel Hour, and Falwell Live, among others. In many instances the archive directory indicates the guests or issues covered on a particular show. The archive also includes speeches by important figures on the right (e.g. Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan); coverage of important Congressional proceedings (e.g. the Bork nomination); coverage of important conservative events (e.g., The Conservative Political Action Convention); and one-off productions on particular subjects by right-wing groups (e.g., Falwell's film on the Clintons, Circle of Power).

The video archive is housed at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at the University of California at Berkeley, which is also the home of the Center.  Scholars who are interested in obtaining access to the video archive may contact CRWS Program Director and ISSI Associate Director, Dr. Christine Trost (ctrost AT  Scholars will need to bring their own laptop and CD-Rom reader with them in order to view the DVD collection in the archive.

Click here to read more about the video archive and to access the collection's searchable database.

Bibliography of Academic Theses and Dissertations on the American Right 

CRWS is pleased to make available Ernie's Lazar's extensive bibliography of academic theses and PhD dissertations on the American Right. Mr. Lazar has spent three decades collecting archival material on the right wing and is committed to making his work available to a wide audience of researchers. The list is organized thematically and some of its citations go back more than 50 years. To our knowledge, this is the most exhaustive directory of its kind available on line or elsewhere.

The Bibliography is organized around the following subject areas:

  • Anti-Communism / Red Scare / House Committee on Un-American Activities / Subversion / Internal Security / FBI / COINTELPRO
  • Anti-Evolution / Creationism
  • Anti-Semitic Individuals, Groups, and Ideology / Jews and Communism
  • Conspiracy Theories in Politics, Literature, Cinema
  • Conservative History, Philosophy, and Politics / New Right / Neo-Conservatism / Libertarianism / Anti-Statism
  • Christian Right Leaders, Politics & History / Fundamentalist & Apocalyptic Ideology / Christian Reconstructionism & Christian Identity Movements
  • Holocaust Denial and Revisionism
  • Illuminati and Freemasonry / Anti-Masonic Movement / Jesuit Conspiracy Theories / Anti-Enlightenment
  • John Birch Society
  • McCarthyism / Sen. Josephy R. McCarthy
  • Miscellaneous Controversies: Persons, Groups, Publications and Ideas Attacked By Right Wing
  • Neo-Nazi Movement / American Nazi Party / Fascism in U.S. or Elsewhere / Authoritarian Belief Systems
  • Power Elites / Council on Foreign Relations / Trilateral Commission / Bilderbergers / New World Order / Cecil Rhodes and Roundtable / Foundations
  • Right-Wing Extremism--General / Radical Right / Patriot Movement / Militias / Posse Comitatus / Biographies
  • White Supremacy and Nativism: Individuals, Groups, Ideology / KKK / White Citizens Councils / State Sovereignty Commissions / Anti-Catholicism / Know-Nothing Party / Racism / Segregation / Jim Crow

 To download a PDF of the Bibliography, click here

FBI Freedom of Information Act Archive of Radical Right-Wing Groups and Individuals

This archive contains an extensive collection of materials released in redacted form by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with requests made under the Freedom of Information Act by Ernie Lazar over the course of more than three decades. A major part of the archive contains printed material the Bureau collected on radical right-wing groups and individuals, as well as newspaper articles dealing with groups and individuals being monitored by the FBI. In addition, the FBI files often contain detailed background information about individuals, as well as private correspondence. The archive does not contain exclusively right-wing materials. There are also FBI files on the Communist Party of the USA, and administrative files dealing with FBI personnel.

The archive is stored on four high-capacity DVD disks located in the Center's offices at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Read more about the archive, its finding agents (developed by Ernie Lazar), and how to gain access to this archive here

Archives and Private Papers Pertaining to Conservative and Extreme Right Movements in the United States

Prepared by independent right-wing scholar, Ernie Lazar, this annotated bibliography includes descriptions of and links to:

  • Personal papers of conservative or extreme right individuals who acquired a significant amount of right-wing publications and/or who correspondend with many prominent conservative or extreme right persons and organizations;
  • Conservative organizations or publications or TV/radio programs that donated their records to an institution;
  • Research files by scholars, organizations and authors who studied and wrote about the conservative and extreme right movements in the U.S.;
  • Videos of speeches made by right-wing personalities or listings of radio/TV interview programs hosted by right-wing personalities;
  • Personal papers of politicians and public figures who have been subjected to attacks by the right-wing;
  • Links to databases or other archival references pertaining to conservative/extreme right history.

Download a copy of the annotated bibliography here.

Berkeley Faculty who study right-wing movements, organizations, and ideas

Dr. Nezar AlSayyad

Dr. AlSayyad has authored and edited several books on housing, identity, tradition, urbanism, urban design, urban history, urban informality, tourism and virtuality. Professionally active as both an architect and planner in the United States and Egypt, he is Principal of XXA-Office of Xross-Xultural Architecture. His projects include houses, apartments and institutional buildings in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and California. AlSayyad led a recent collaborative project to design a new city in India, "Nano City," which was produced with the Berkeley Group for Architecture and Planning (BgAP).  AlSayyad is a distinguished Professor in the departments of Architecture and City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and Chairs the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Selected Publications:

Cinematic Urbanism: A History of the Modern from Reel to Reel. Routledge, 2006.

Making Cairo Medieval. Lexington Books, 2005.

Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam: Politics, Culture and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization. Lexington Books, 2002.

"Citizenship in Contemporary Urbanism: A Medieval Modernity." In Applied Anthropologist, Vol. 25, Issue 2, Fall 2005.

"The Cinematic City: Between Modernist Utopia and Post-Modernist Dystopia." In Built Environment, Vol. 26, Issue 4, 2001.

"Squatting and Culture: A Comparative Analysis of Informal Developments in Latin America and the Middle East." In Habitat International, Vol. 17, Issue 1, 1993.

"Levels of Congruence: On Urban Space and the Institutional Structure of Different Societies." In Journal of Architecture and Planning Research, Vol. 9, Issue 3, 1992. 

Dr. Paola Bacchetta

Dr. Bacchetta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley. She is Director of the Beatrice Bain Research Group and she serves on the advisory boards of the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures and the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies. Her research focuses on Hindu nationalism in India; right wing movements in France and Italy; comparative transnational right-wing social movements; and transnational feminist, critical race, postcolonial and queer of color analytics of right-wing discourses, practices, events and every day life. She received her doctorate from The Sorbonne (Paris, France) with Highest Honors and her BA in International Affairs at American University in Paris.

Selected Publications:

Gender in the Hindu Nation: RSS Women as Ideologues. New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2004.

La construction des identités dans les discours nationalistes hindou:le Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh et la Rashtra Sevika Samiti (1939-1992). 2 Vols. Micro-fiche. Lille, France: A.N.R.T, Université de Lille III, 1996.

Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists around the World, contributing co-ed. with Margaret Power. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Queer Formations in (Hindu) Nationalism. In Sexualities in India Reader, edited by Sanjay Srivasta. London: Oxford University Press. (In press, forthcoming in 2011).

The (Failed) Production of Hindu Nationalized Space in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.Gender, Culture and Place. Vol. 17, issue 5, 2011. (In press). 

Feminist Analytics of Power and Subjects:  Co-Formations, Co-Productions and Resistances of Veiled Lesbians. In Genre et Migrations, ed. Nouria Ouali. Brussels, Belgium: Presses Universitaires. (In press, forthcoming in 2011). 

Dr. Brad DeLong

Dr. DeLong is a Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, chair of the Political Economy of Industrial Societies major, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1987 and joined UC Berkeley as an associate professor in 1993.  Professor DeLong also served in the U.S. government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1993 to 1995. He worked on the Clinton Administration's 1993 budget, on the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on macroeconomic policy, and on the unsuccessful health care reform effort.

Selected Publications:  

"The U.S. Stock Market Equity Return Premium: Past, Present, and Future," J. with Konstantin Magin.  Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2007.

"Contrary to Robert Shiller's Predictions, Stock Market Investors Made Much Money in the Past Decade: What Does This Tell Us?," with Konstantin Magin. The Economists' Voice. Vol. 3, Issue 7, Article 2, 2006.

"Divergent Views on the Coming Dollar Crisis," The Economists' Voice. Vol. 2, Issue 5, Article 1, 2005.

 "Asset Returns and Economic Growth," with Dean Baker and Paul Krugman.  Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Vol. 1, 2005.

 "Should We Still Support Untrammelled International Capital Mobility? Or are Capital Controls Less Evil than We Once Believed?," The Economists' Voice. Vol. 1, Issue 1, Article 1, 2004. 

Dr. Minoo Moalem

Dr. Moallem is Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at UC Berkeley. Her areas of research include women in modern and contemporary Iran, transnational approaches to Muslims, fundamentalisms, and feminism. Her current work on immigrants, exiles and refugees from Iran focuses on the question of belonging and citizenship for Muslim women in the contemporary west as well as in Iran. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the commodification of the nation through consumptive production and circulation of such commodity as the Persian carpet and a project on Iran-Iraq war movies and masculinity. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Montreal and completed her postdoctoral studies at University of California Berkeley.

Selected Publications: 

Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy in Iran. UC Press, 2005.

Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms and The State, contributing co-ed with Caren Kaplan and Norma Alarcon. Duke University Press, 1999.

"Nation-on-the Move" (design by Eric Loyer). Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular.  Special issue on Difference, Fall 2007.

Dr. Cihan Tugal

Dr. Tuğal works on the role of religion in political projects. His research so far has focused on how the interaction between religion and politics shapes everyday life, urban space, class relations, and national identity. The common thread of Tuğal's work is bringing in a cultural perspective to politics.  He demonstrates how Islamic movements in Istanbul have mobilized the poor and marginal intellectuals to later integrate them to secular, market-oriented politics through a process he calls passive revolution.  Tugal also studies Islamic mobilization in Egypt and Iran. He argues that Islamic politics has interacted with civil society and the state in different ways in these three cases, leading to the victory of neoliberalized Islam in Turkey, its defeat in Iran, and a stalemate in Egypt. Tugal has also written extensively in Turkish.

Selected Publications: 

Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2009.

"The Urban Dynamism of Islamic Hegemony: Absorbing Squatter Creativity in Istanbul." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Vol. 29 Issue 3, 2009.

"Political Articulation: Parties and the Constitution of Cleavages in the U.S., India, and Turkey." Sociological Theory, Vol. 27 Issue 3, (Lead article), 2009.

"Transforming Everyday Life: Islamism and Social Movement Theory," Theory and Society, Vol. 38, Issue 5, 2009. 

"NATO's Islamists: Hegemony and Americanization in Turkey"New Left Review Vol. 44, 2007.

Dr. Jason Wittenberg

Dr. Wittenberg is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley.  He specializes in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet region.  His focus is on quantitative analysis, religion and politics, electoral analysis and ethnic conflict.   He received his B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley, his M.A. in International Affairs from American University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Selected Publications:

Crucibles of Political Loyalty: Church Institutions and Electoral Continuity in Hungary. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

"Did Ethnic Balance Matter: Elections in Interwar Poland" (with Jeffrey S. Kopstein). Forthcoming, Polin: studies in Polish Jewry, Vol. 24, Nov. 2011 (forthcoming).

"Deadly Communities: Local Political Milieu and the Persecution of Jews in Occupied Poland" (with Jeffrey S. Kopstein). Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 44, Issue 5, May 2011 (forthcoming). 

"Beyond Dictatorship and Democracy: Rethinking National Minority Inclusion and Regime Type in Interwar Eastern Europe" (with Jeffrey S. Kopstein). Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 43, Issue 8, August 2010. 


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