Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Cynthia Miller-Idriss
American University Washington D.C. | AU · School of Education and Department of Sociology

PhD

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Additional affiliations
December 2009 - present
Social Science Research Council
Position
  • Research Associate
August 2003 - July 2013
New York University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

Publications

Publications (46)
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. This article examines complex everyday expressions and understandings of nationhood in Germany, focusing on citizens' articulations of national pride and their relationship with the nation. Through an analysis of ninety semi-structured interviews with ‘ordinary’ Germans conducted between 2000 and 2002, we argue that the prevailing, elite-centred...
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The German vocational system has faced significant challenges since 1990, including the impact of German unification; challenges posed by globalisation and the shift from a production-based to a post-Fordist economy; changes related to the European Union, migration, and immigration; and demographic changes within Germany that have affected both stu...
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Despite wide consensus among higher education leaders that U.S. universities are undergoing a process of "globalization," there is little agreement about just what globalization means, what propels it, or what intellectual, political, and ethical consequences it will bring for American higher education. There is little systematic empirical research...
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This paper maps the landscape of transnational higher education in the Middle East, focusing in particular on the recent expansion of satellite, branch, and offshore educational institutions and programs that foreign institutions have set up in the region. Of the estimated 100 branch campuses currently operating worldwide, over one-third are in the...
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This afterward synthesizes the primary arguments of each of the contributors to this volume, and suggests several next steps for analyses of gender and the far right. The chapter suggests that there is a need for more serious inquiry in four domains: on the intersections of extremism and gender-based violence, on how gender relates to subcultural a...
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Images of students in overseas settings have become a common feature of university websites in the USA, as universities employ bold visual imagery to encourage student participation in study abroad programs and to market the university more broadly. In this paper, we analyze the content of this visual material, reporting on an extensive analysis of...
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This chapter examines historical and contemporary far right wing symbols that directly depict, reference, or evoke death or dying through reference to historical myths and legends as well as contemporary acts of violence. It traces three ways in which the far right deploys symbols of death: abstract death, specific deaths and death threats, and ref...
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This chapter focuses on how youth fashion and style serve as markers and expressions of belonging and resistance in ways that mutually reinforce masculinity and nationalism. The chapter shows that style is deeply personal and intentional for young people. While research on young women has long discussed issues of body image, the interview data disc...
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This introductory chapter discusses the emergence of the extremist commercial market and how it has coincided with one of the most significant waves of far right popularity in Europe in recent memory. The past several years have witnessed a steady increase in far right wing politics and social movements across Europe. Such protests and violent epis...
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Populist nationalist movements have primarily been understood through their nationalist frames, even as the media and scholars alike frequently refer to ‘global’ trends related to populism. But there are in fact global dimensions to populist nationalism that deserve more conceptual and analytical attention. Three ways in which populist nationalism...
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How have digital tools and networks transformed the far right's strategies and transnational prospects? This volume presents a unique critical survey of the online and offline tactics, symbols and platforms that are strategically remixed by contemporary far-right groups in Europe and the US. It features thirteen accessible essays by an internationa...
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The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in far right politics, social movements, and extremist violence in Europe. Scholars and policymakers have struggled to understand the causes and dynamics that have made the far right so appealing to so many people—in other words, that have made the extreme more mainstream. In this book, Cynthia Miller...
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U.S. research universities have long endeavored to be cosmopolitan places, yet the disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology have remained stubbornly parochial. Despite decades of government and philanthropic investment in international scholarship, the most prestigious academic departments still favor research and expertise on the...
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Drawing on a unique digital archive of thousands of images of far right symbols and commercial products in Germany, combined with 62 interviews conducted with German youth and their teachers in 2013–2014, this article examines young Germans’ sense of style and their interpretation of far right-wing symbols and codes in commercial products, clothing...
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Taking Moland's article as a starting point, the chapter suggests that debates about "exporting" and "importing" concepts like multiculturalism need to be realigned with new theoretical and practical understandings of how identities work. We offer two primary categories of concerns. First, focusing on "exporting" multiculturalism inadvertently obsc...
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This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to draw a portrait of the issues animating and challenging the field of Middle East studies (MES) in their academic and national contexts. The book presents some of the findings of a decade-long (2000–2010) research project organized by the Social Science Research Council in New York,...
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This chapter analyzes the position of the “area studies center” as a major institutional form in the context of a US university that seeks to transform itself into a global institution. It looks at the case of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University (NYU). NYU is a compelling case for several reasons. First, it ex...
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Existing studies of the internationalization of higher education have detailed the broad contours of change in the new global era, but they have told us much less about the individuals and processes underpinning these transformations. Moreover, they tend to treat internationalization as a recent or new phenomenon. There have been prior waves of int...
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In the US academy, there is significant disciplinary variation in the extent to which graduate students are encouraged to or discouraged from studying abroad and doing fieldwork overseas. This article examines this issue, focusing on US graduate training in the social sciences and the extent to which students are discouraged from developing interna...
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This paper examines the organisation of the production of knowledge about international issues in US higher education, drawing on six case studies of Middle East studies. We review three key findings. First, we suggest that the American model for studying ‘the international’ is rooted in a default, and outmoded, way of thinking about international...
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Most scholarship on citizenship focuses on institutional and structural analyses and extrapolates these to individual citizens' experiences. This renders citizenship a static and uniform concept that is divorced from individuals' understandings. Data gathered during qualitative and ethnographic fieldwork in Berlin, Germany, in 2000–01 show how ordi...
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The German vocational system has faced significant challenges since 1990, including the impact of German unification; challenges posed by globalisation and the shift from a production-based to a post-Fordist economy; changes related to the European Union, migration, and immigration; and demographic changes within Germany that have affected both stu...

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In Stylized Extremism, I aim to develop a more generalizable theory of the relationship between the aesthetics and performance of violence and youth radicalization to extremist groups and actions. Moving beyond the German far right subcultural case I previously studied, I now will examine how embodied and stylized violence works to recruit, socialize, and mobilize youth to extremist action in school shootings, child soldier engagements, Islamist terrorism, Central/Latin American youth and urban gangs, hate crimes, and more. In so doing, Stylized Extremism uses the study of visual and material culture, iconography and style to explain the aesthetic dimensions of extremist engagement.