Brian Levin (criminal justice) discussed the possibility of post-election political violence and was interviewed about the outcome of the social justice ballot initiatives in California.
Brian Levin (criminal justice) discussed the arrest of a U.S. soldier accused of passing on classified information to a neo-Nazi group, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s effort to ban the confederate flag from car racing events, and the complex landscape of extremist groups, movements and individuals and the threat they pose.
Brian Levin (criminal justice) was interviewed for articles on the reported threats of violence by extremist groups and an app that can help journalists and researchers identify symbols used by them.
News media continued to call on Brian Levin (criminal justice) for insight into the extremist "Boogaloo Boys" movement as well as Facebook pulling Trump re-election ads over a symbol tied to Nazism.
David Yaghoubian (history) was interviewed about the future of the Iran nuclear agreement and Brian Levin (criminal justice) shared his insights into the extremist “Boogaloo” movement.
Zachary Powell (criminal justice) was asked about the possible impact of defunding on a consent decree aimed at reforming the Chicago Police Department, and Brian Levin (criminal justice) discussed the extremist “Boogaloo” movement.
The expertise of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism was tapped by the news media in its coverage of the demonstrations spurred by the death of George Floyd. Kevin Grisham (assistant director of research/geography and environmental studies) shared his insight on antifa, and Brian Levin (director/criminal justice) discussed the possible role of outside agitators at the protests.
Barbara Sirotnik (information and decision sciences) commented on the state of the region’s economy and Brian Levin (criminal justice) was interviewed on topics related to the recent protests spurred by the death of George Floyd.