Upcoming Presentation to Future Teachers

Apologies for the short notice, but on Tuesday April 13, I am presenting on responding to white nationalist recruitment in schools. The event is primarily aimed at Education majors and graduate students in Education at Gonzaga University but is free and open to the wider public. Registration is available here: Identifying and Countering White NationalistContinue reading “Upcoming Presentation to Future Teachers”

New Article on Why Fascists Lie, and Other Updates

Publication: I have had a long-form review essay accepted for publication in online Critical Theory journal Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture. (It will come out in the issue after next.) The review explores fascist lying and “denialism,” through looking at three recent books that address the theme (Claudia Leeb’s The Politics ofContinue reading “New Article on Why Fascists Lie, and Other Updates”

Podcast Appearance and Upcoming Webinar

I was recently interviewed for Canadian podcast Darts and Letters, and I got to talk a bit more about the importance of balancing an understanding of the severity of the threat posed by the violent far-right, with an understanding of the limitations of a securitized response that treats fascism primarily as a crime problem toContinue reading “Podcast Appearance and Upcoming Webinar”

Responding to the 1/6 Coup Attempt

The day before the storming of the Capitol, I was interviewed on my friend Luke Baumgarten’s podcast RANGE: EPISODE 23 | Anti-terrorism feat Joan Braune – RANGE (rangemedia.co) The conversation focused somewhat on the limitations of a state counter-terrorism or “Countering Violent Extremism” model of fighting fascism, but because of my concerns about the wordsContinue reading “Responding to the 1/6 Coup Attempt”

Panel: White Supremacy and the Pacific Northwest

On November 5, I presented on a panel, “White Supremacy, the 2020 Election, and the Pacific Northwest: White Power and Hate Studies Analysis,” hosted by the Eastern Washington University Women’s and Gender Education Center. I was joined on the panel by two scholars whom I respect immensely, political scientist Joe Lowndes and investigative journalist JasonContinue reading “Panel: White Supremacy and the Pacific Northwest”

The Far-Right, Election, and Strategic Response …Spooktacular Edition

Here is my third guest appearance on my Milwaukee friends’ radio program, The Grass is Greener, this Halloween weekend. We talked about far-right violence in connection with the election, stochastic terrorism, maintaining hope (“pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will”!), and how the left can build culture, community, and even study groups to helpContinue reading “The Far-Right, Election, and Strategic Response …Spooktacular Edition”

Overcoming Islamophobia and Seeking Understanding

This Tuesday, October 27, 7pm-8:30pm, Bridges Not Walls is hosting a zoom forum on “Overcoming Islamophobia and Seeking Understanding.”  Speakers are: *Duaa-Rahemaah Williams — a Black Afro American revert to Islam who is active in work in Spokane on housing and homelessness, mass incarceration and other systems *Ava Sharifi — a recent graduate in Political ScienceContinue reading “Overcoming Islamophobia and Seeking Understanding”

Speaking on Far-Right Violence Surrounding Presidential Election; Other Updates

I am honored to have accepted an invitation to speak at a post-election panel on November 5 (wonder if we’ll know who the next president is by then!) at Eastern Washington University alongside Joseph Lowndes (co-author of Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity) and Jason Wilson (the Guardian reporter whoseContinue reading “Speaking on Far-Right Violence Surrounding Presidential Election; Other Updates”

Yeah Nah Pasaran! Podcast Episode

This week I went on Australian-based antifascist podcast Yeah Nah Pasaran! It was a lively and wide-ranging discussion, touching on my research on Cultural Marxism as an antisemitic conspiracy theory; the influence of the apocalyptic thinking of Julius Evola on both Steve Bannon and neo-Nazi accelerationist groups; the role of Erich Fromm’s Critical Theory inContinue reading “Yeah Nah Pasaran! Podcast Episode”

Countering Conspiracy Theories and Youth Recruitment; Self-Care

My article on “cultural Marxism” as an antisemitic conspiracy theory about the Frankfurt School was recently published in a special issue of the Journal of Social Justice on antisemitism. The article as well as others are available here through the online, open-access journal. The webinar on countering youth recruitment into hate groups, which was co-sponsoredContinue reading “Countering Conspiracy Theories and Youth Recruitment; Self-Care”