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Prof Kathleen Blee

Kathleen Blee is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the Bailey Dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She published seven books and over 100 articles and book chapters. Her scholarship is based on analysis of her up-close ethnographic observations and interviews with white supremacists in the US, including her books Women in the Klan (1991), Inside Organized Racism (2002) and Understanding Racist Activism (2017)

Prof Nicole Curato

Nicole Curato is a Professor of Political Sociology at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Her work examines how democratic innovations unfold in the aftermath of tragedies, including disasters, armed conflict, and urban crime. She is the author of Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedy to Deliberative Action (2019, Oxford University Press) and the editor of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy.

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julia leser

Julia is a political ethnographer and postdoctoral researcher at Humboldt University Berlin. Her fields of interest include political ethnography and affect studies, and further include national security and migration control, nationalism, populism, and political theory. She is co-author of The Wolves Are Coming Back: The politics of fear in Eastern Germany (with Rebecca Pates, Manchester University Press, 2021)

Maria Carmen Fernandez

Maria Carmen is a PhD candidate in Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, studying the relationship between protracted internal displacement and land rights. She is working with spatial data for decision-making in transitional and post-crisis situations. As a consultant for international organisations, national agencies, local governments, and civil society, her work advanced multiple peace processes in the Philippines. She is interested in the root causes of violence and citizen power

ryan switzer

Ryan is a PhD candidate at Stockholm University’s department of sociology. He researches space, emotion, and stigma in the Nordic far right social movement through ethnographic methods. His article “Embodied Nativism: Rethinking Violence and the Far Right” was recently published in Ethnic and Racial Studies

tanya quijano

Tanya has worked in an independent development expert focusing on governance, civic engagement, and policy development. She currently works on a policy development programme through a bilateral partner. She has been working in the public sector for almost a decade, including as an independent monitoring and evaluation specialist and the head executive assistant for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

mohamed salhi

Mohamed is a Moroccan doctoral researcher and lecturer at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. His research interests include far-right politics and the narration of crisis, poetry and politics, gender politics in Morocco, and security/foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa. His doctoral dissertation explores the discourse of far-right populist parties during (imaginary) crises

Abbey Pangilinan

Abbey is a development worker and urban planner who specialises in implementing social protection programmes in urban and rural contexts. She has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and an MSc in Urbanisation and Development from the LSE. She served as the Deputy Programme Manager for Operations of the Pantawid Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Kumud Ranjan

Kumud is a visiting scholar in the department of sociology at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the sociology of intellectuals, social theory and Pragmatism. He completed his PhD on social theory and pragmatism, in which he primarily engaged with the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, Hannah Arendt and B.R. Ambedkar, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

audry gagnon

Audrey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Extremism, University of Oslo. Her dissertation explored the relationship between conceptions of national identity and opinions about immigration and diversity among the mainstream and more radical actors in Canada. Her research interests include national identity, opinions about immigration, far-right and right-wing populist movements. She recently was awarded the FRQSC Relève Étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie prize and the Léon-Dion prize

Tamta Gelashvili

Tamta is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Oslo, affiliated with the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX). She is also a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Her work focuses on comparative analysis of far-right social movements in Georgia and Ukraine, with an emphasis on political opportunities for mobilization and interaction among far-right parties and extra-parliamentary groups

catherine stinton

Catherine is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of York, where she researches the roles, motivations, and activism of women in the far right. Using qualitative methods to explore contemporary British extremist movements online, her work focuses on the digital activism, social media use, and propaganda of these groups, and the constructions of gender in their content

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seyward darby

Seyward Darby is the editor in chief of The Atavist Magazine, an award-winning publication that specializes in narrative longform journalism. She is the author of the book Sisters in Hate: American women on the front lines of white nationalism, which was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.Darby’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Guardian, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, who is also a writer, and their dog, who is not. You can find her on Twitter at @seywarddarby

callum hood

Callum Hood is Head of Research at the Center for Countering Digital Hate where he leads a global team investigating online hate and misinformation. He is responsible for the Center’s reports, including those exposing the deadly anti-vaxx industry and other malignant online actors, and how social media companies profit from disinformation on their platforms. You can find him on Twitter at @CallumHood

sian norris

Sian Norris is a writer and human rights journalist, who specialises in covering reproductive rights, men’s violence against women and girls, and the rise of the far right. Her work has been published in the Guardian, openDemocracy, the i, Byline Times and more. Her book Bodies Under Siege: How the far-right attack on reproductive rights went global is published in June by Verso. She founded the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival which she ran for eight years. You can follow her on Twitter at @sianushka

dr iris zaki

Dr Iris Zaki is a documentary filmmaker whose acclaimed films were screened at numerous festivals and universities around the world. Iris did her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, exploring her innovative interviewing technique: “The Abandoned Camera”, as well as ethnographic representation and documentary ethics. Iris is currently teaching BA and MA students at Sapir College in Israel while also giving masterclasses in Europe and the US. You can find her on Twitter at @IriSZakI

dr daniel Mann

Dr Daniel Mann is lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. ​​He is the author of Occupying Habits: Everyday Media as Warfare in Israel-Palestine (Bloomsbury, 2022), and the filmmaker behind several films showed at festivals and venues such as The Berlin Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, and the ICA in London

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Ayala Panievsky

Ayala is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Cambridge, a research associate at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), a Gates-Cambridge scholar, and a fellow at the Centre for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy (Molad). She researches populism, media at times of democratic backsliding, and futures of journalism

Yong-Jun Park

Yong-Jun is a PhD candidate reading the sociology of education at the University of Cambridge. He studies the young far right populist movement in South Korea. He is a Cambridge Trust scholar and formerly a Junior Research Fellow at Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University

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