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CSUSB professor Meredith Conroy discusses upcoming vice presidential debate
Oct. 7, 2020

Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science, participated in FiveThirtyEigth’s political chat prior to the Oct. 7 vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris.

Conroy said that the debate is expected to focus on is the COVID-19 pandemic and how the Trump administration has handled it. “After months of (President Donald) Trump trying to downplay the virus, Pence will be forced to grapple with it more directly, given the president’s recent diagnosis.”

Read the complete article at “VP debates usually don’t matter. But we’re way past usual.”

CSUSB professor discusses the psychology of why people join the Proud Boys and other extremist hate groups
Oct. 6, 2020

The news website interviewed experts in sociology, psychology, and white supremacy, including Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, on what drives people to join extremist organizations like the Proud Boys.

As the country grows more racially diverse, right-wing politicians sometimes frame diversity and racial equity movements like Black Lives Matter as a threat to young white men and their success.

"They feel this change results in an unfair society that is losing its most revered traditions," Levin said.  

Read the complete article at “The psychology of why people join the Proud Boys and other extremist hate groups.”

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