Type: Public event

Nationalist extremism in North America: The current threat landscape


Dr. Stephanie Carvin, Dr. Leonardo Curzio Gutiérrez, and Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Date & time

Dec 10, 2021, 11:45 am-1:00 pm EST


This is a Virtual Event.

Nationalism and extremism pose mounting challenges around the world, including in North America. This web-based panel discussion will be the second in a tri-national series organized as part of the 2021-22 North American Colloquium by the Autonomous National University of Mexico, University of Toronto, and University of Michigan.

Two faculty members at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host and moderate the event. John Ciorciari is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center and author of Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States (2021). Javed Ali is Associate Professor of Practice and has served in numerous senior U.S. government roles relating to national security, intelligence, and countering extremism.

The first session examined the historical drivers of nationalist extremism in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This second session will discuss the current landscape of threats posed by extreme forms of nationalism in each of the three countries. How and why are these ideas spreading? What are the key groups propagating extreme nationalist ideology, and what near-term security challenges do they present?

About the speakers

Dr. Stephanie Carvin is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University . Her research interests are in the area of international law, security, terrorism and technology. Currently, she is teaching in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, technology and warfare and foreign policy. Dr. Carvin holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and published her thesis as Prisoners of America’s Wars: From the Early Republic to Guantanamo (Columbia/Hurst, 2010). Her most recent book is Science, Law, Liberalism and the American Way of Warfare: The Quest for Humanity in Conflict” (Cambridge, 2015) co-authored with Michael J. Williams. In 2009 Carvin was a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University Law School and worked as a consultant to the US Department of Defense Law of War Working Group. From 2012-2015, she was an analyst with the Government of Canada focusing on national security issues.

Dr. Leonardo Curzio Guttierez is a part of the Center for Research on North America (CISAN) Strategic Studies Area at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). His current research deals with national security and governability. Professor Curzio Guttierez received his bachelor’s in sociology and master’s in political sociology from the University of Provence, France. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Valencia in Spain. He is the author of 8 books, and the co-author of 37 more. His work has been printed by the following publishing houses: UNAM, University of Valencia, University of Pittsburgh, University of California (UCSD), INAP, Siglo XXI, Plaza y Valdés, Grijalbo, IFE, Australian National University, La Jornada Ediciones, Ariel, Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos, Fondo de Cultura Económica, Michigan State University, Oxford University Press, and the Brookings Institution, among others. 

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a Professor at the School of Public Affairs and School of Education, and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE) at American University.  Dr. Miller-Idriss regularly briefs policy, security, education and intelligence agencies in the U.S., the United Nations, and other countries on trends in domestic violent extremism and strategies for prevention and disengagement. She is the author of Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right (Princeton University Press, 2020); The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018); Seeing the World: How U.S. Universities Produce Knowledge about the World  (with Mitchell Stevens and Seteney Shami, Princeton University Press, 2018); Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism, and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany (Duke University Press, 2009), co-editor of Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge (with Seteney Shami, New York University Press, 2016) and author of over two dozen peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and essays on nationalism, extremism, education, higher education and internationalization. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Sociology and German Area Studies from Cornell University.