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CSUSB professor quoted about romance scams

Oxygen True Crime

Jan. 1, 2023

Kelly Campbell, professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino and catfishing expert, spoke with about the growing crime of romance scams.

“Usually, it involves a period of time, sometimes a matter of weeks, but many of these relationships can go on for years,” says Campbell. “The defining characteristic is that the person who is there for romance doesn’t have any idea that the other person isn’t there for the same purpose.”

CSUSB professor quoted in article about hate crimes in Wisconsin

Wausau Pilot & Review

Dec. 30, 2022

Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, said hate crime numbers have gone up, in part, because of increased reporting by victims.

“The other thing, though, that I think is more important is that we’re an angrier society and we’re more fragmented and divided, and that’s reflected in our sociopolitical milieu,” Levin said. 

Levin also said social media has “supercharged” the trend by amplifying bigotry and aggression and serving as a repository “that can be sparked at any time.” 

Levin said Wisconsin was an early leader in prosecuting hate crimes when in 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that enhanced penalties for hate crimes charged against a Kenosha man did not violate the defendant’s First Amendment right to free speech.

CSUSB professor and center cited in article about Asian Americans who were harassed at In-N-Out

The Seattle Times

Dec. 27, 2022

Nearly two dozen major cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, reported anti-Asian hate crimes rose by an average of 224% from 2020 to 2021, according to a report by the San Bernardino-based Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. The total number, 369 hate crimes, was a record high, said Brian Levin, a professor at California State University, San Bernardino and director of the center.

This year is on track to “far surpass” pre-pandemic levels of hate crimes experienced by Asian Americans, Levin said.

CSUSB’s Brian Levin and Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism cited in article about hate

Nebraska Examiner

Dec. 28, 2022

According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, in 15 major U.S. cities incidents of hate-fueled crimes went up slightly. Brian Levin, the centers director, said anything but a dramatic decrease needs perspective. If youre flat [compared with] the highest year in 20 years, youre still bad. Any way you slice it, theres a lot of meanness in the pie.” 

CSUSB professor quoted in article about the rise in substation attacks


Dec. 26, 2022

Power infrastructure has long been on the attack wish list of white supremacists and other right-wing extremists who seek American “destabilization,” Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said in February.

Analysts, including CSUSB’s Brian Levin, say hate crimes are increasing but that’s not reflected in FBI data


Dec. 26, 2022

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said, these days, there are more entryways into hate than ever before, and not just online. “Because we don’t have the hierarchical yet more limited hate groups that we used to see, like the Klan. Now we have a pick-and-choose buffet,” he said.

Fighting hate: Approaches range from expanding hate crime definitions to gathering data

Tucson Sentinel

Dec. 23, 2022

Under a federal hate crime law adopted in 1990 and updated in 2009, the FBI must track hate crimes. However, it’s voluntary for police departments to collect and submit their data to the national database.

Most don’t.

Among the 15,138 law enforcement agencies that submitted data in 2020, 88% reported no hate crimes at all, according to Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

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