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Dr. Peter Simi

Associate Professor, Director, Earl Babbie Research Center
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology
Office Location: 417 Walnut Street
Office Hours: M 2:00pm – 5:00pm and by appointment
Phone: 714-744-7611
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Education:
Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Master of Arts
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ph.D.

Biography

Pete Simi is Director of the Earl Babbie Research Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Chapman University. He has studied extremist groups and violence for the past 20 years, conducting interviews and observation with a range of violent gangs and political extremists. Dr. Simi is a member of the National Consortium in Studies of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) which is a university-based research center committed to the scientific study of the causes and consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense.

Simi is also co-author of an award-winning book manuscript, American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate and frequently serves as an expert legal consultant on criminal cases related to political extremism. He is currently working on a book manuscript under contract with the University of California Press that examines the domestic front in the “war on terror” tentatively titled: Sting: Inside the FBI’s Provocation of Terror.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

  • Simi, Pete, Karyn Sporer and Bryan Bubolz. 2016. “Narratives of Childhood Adversities and Adolescent Misconduct as Precursors to Violent Extremism: A Life-Course Criminological Approach.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 53, 4: 536-63.
  • Simi, Pete, Robert Futrell, and Bryan Bubolz. 2016. “Parenting as Protest: Identity Alignment among White Power Activists.” The Sociological Quarterly, 57: 491-516.
  • Harris, Daniel, Pete Simi, and Gina Ligon. 2016. “Reporting Practices for Studies Involving Interviews with Extremists.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 39: 602-16.
  • Evans, Mary, Amy Anderson, and Pete Simi. 2016. “An Examination of the Relationship Between
  • Height and Delinquency.” Journal of Developmental & Life Course Criminology.
  • Windisch, Steven, Pete Simi, Gina Scott Ligon, and Hillary McNeel. 2016. “Disengagement from Ideologically-Based and Violent Organizations: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” Journal for Deradicalization, 9:1-38.

 

 

 

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Windisch, Steven, Pete Simi, Kathleen Blee, and Matthew DeMichele. Forthcoming. “Understanding the Micro-Situational Dynamics of White Supremacist Violence in the United States.” Perspectives in Terrorism.
Fahey, Susan and Pete Simi. Forthcoming. “Pathways to Violent Extremism: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of the US Far-Right.” Journal of Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.
Latif, Mehr, Kathy Blee, Matthew DeMichele, and Pete Simi. Forthcoming. “How Emotional Dynamics Maintain and Destroy White Supremacist Groups.” Humanity & Society.
Simi, Pete, Steven Windisch*, Daniel Harris*, and Gina Ligon. Forthcoming. “Anger from Within: The Role of Emotions in Disengagement from Violent Extremism.” Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology.
Windisch, S., & Simi, P. Forthcoming. “Trends in Neo-Nazi Music.” In S. Brown and O. Sefiha (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Deviance. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
Futrell, Robert, Pete Simi, and Anna Tan. Forthcoming. “Political Extremism and Social Movements.” The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements edited by David Snow, Sarah Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Holly McCammon. Wiley.
Simi, Pete, Kathy Blee, Matthew DeMichele, and Steven Windisch. 2017. “Addicted to Hate?: Identity Residual among Former White Supremacists.” American Sociological Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122417728719 DOI: 10.1177/000312241772871
Evans, Mary, Amy Anderson, and Pete Simi. 2017. “An Examination of the Relationship Between Height and Delinquency.” Journal of Developmental & Life Course Criminology, 1-18.
Bubolz, Bryan and Pete Simi. 2017. “The Problem of Overgeneralization: The Case of Mental Health Problems and US Violent White Supremacists.” American Behavioral Scientist.
Blee, Kathy, Matthew DeMichele, Pete Simi, and Mehr Latif. Forthcoming. “How Racial Violence is Provoked and Channeled” Socio.
Simi, Pete and Bryan Bubolz. 2016. “Far Right Terrorism in the United States.” In Handbook of the Criminology of Terrorism edited by Gary LaFree and Joshua Freilich. Wiley Press.
Windisch, Steven*, Pete Simi, Gina Scott Ligon, and Hillary McNeel*. 2016. “Disengagement from Ideologically-Based and Violent Organizations: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” Journal for Deradicalization, 9:1-38.