Episode 20 - Well-being, Culturally Responsive Education, and the Far Right with Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss from American University (AU)
Join Amina and Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss as they discuss well-being, culturally responsive research, and the far right. Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is an award-winning author and scholar of far right extremism and higher education. She is Professor of Education and Sociology and Director of Research at the Center for University Excellence (CUE) at the American University in Washington, DC, and Senior Fellow and Director of Outreach at the U.K.-based Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. A cultural sociologist, she has spent two decades researching the emotional and aesthetic dimensions of radical and extreme youth culture, most recently through a focus on how clothing, style and symbols act as a gateway into extremist scenes and subcultures. She also writes widely on higher education issues, particularly related to the internationalization of universities and the far right's impact on the higher education sector. In addition to her academic work, Miller-Idriss writes frequently for mainstream audiences, with recent by-lines in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNN Style, The Guardian, Le Monde, Salon, and more. She appears regularly in the media as an expert source and political commentator, most recently on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, NPR's All Things Considered, NBC's The Today Show, the UK's BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed, France 24's The Interview, The Washington Post Live, Ireland's The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk and in Austria's DATUM Magazine. In new research, Miller-Idriss has been studying transnational flows in far-right youth scenes' aesthetics and style in six countries. She is at work on a new book, Hate in the Homeland: The New Spaces and Places of the U.S. Far Right, to be published in fall 2020. Her most recent book, The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany, was published last year in 2018.