Episode 27 - Sense of Belonging in the Time of COVID-19 with Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Listen into our conversation with Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss on sense of belonging, one of the constructs measured in the first two rounds of the AEMS Mapping the Terrain Study. This term usually has positive connotations but also comes up alot in Dr. Miller-Idriss's work on far right extremism which she delves into more deeply during the podcast along with ways that faculty and administrators can help increase sense of belonging for students on campus. They also discuss sense of belonging through online learning, which is particularly relevant in the time of COVID-19 era. 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 runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE) at the American University in Washington, DC. She is also Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the U.K.-based Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and serves on the international advisory board of the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in Oslo, Norway. Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and frequently serves as a keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist extremism to global academic and policy communities as well as staff and representatives in U.S. and international government agencies and embassies. Dr. Miller-Idriss is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six academic books, including Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, forthcoming from Princeton University Press in fall 2020. She also has recent by-lines in The Washington Post and The New York Times and also appeared on NPR's All Things Considered.