» The Division on the Study of Violence and Radicalization

violent extremismThe Earl Babbie Research Center’s Division for the Study of Violence and Radicalization at Chapman University promotes the scientific study of the causes and consequences of different types of violence with a special focus on street gangs, hate crimes, and terrorism. Our mission is to promote nonviolent, evidence-based solutions designed to mitigate the detrimental effects of these social problems. The research we conduct is aimed at improving public awareness and understanding as well as informing public policy. As part of this effort, the Division produces book-length manuscripts, scholarly journal articles, policy briefs, presentations, and provides consultation to government officials, non-governmental organizations, and journalists covering stories related to different types of violence.

The Division draws from the Director’s long-term data collection related to violence and radicalization including the utilization of intensive ethnographic fieldwork, life history interviews, psychometric instruments, and neuroimaging experimentation. The Division also draws from a wide range of collaborative relationships including partnerships with some of the following institutions: the Anti-Defamation League, Life After Hate/EXIT USA, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Consequences of Terrorism (START), RTI International, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Oslo.

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Recent publications, articles and resources

Swastica Book


New edition of American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate published in 2015 by Pete Simi and Robert Futrell. 

Peer Review Scholarly Articles & Book Chapters 

Past and Current Funding Sources

  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
  • National Institute of Justice
  • National Science Foundation 
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Defense 

Links to Additional Resources


February, 2017: Simi, Pete. “Lessons from the Field: Studying Far Right Extremism.” Presented at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. More information.

March, 2017: Simi, Pete. “Hidden Spaces of Hate: Studying Far Right Extremism.” Presented at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. More information.

March 20-21, 2017: MaUS Strategic Command (STRATCOM), “Psychology of Terrorism” hosted by the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

April 2, 2018: UC Law Lecture Focuses on Terrorisum, Lone Extremists and Self-Radicalization. More information.

July 18, 2018: SOF Two-Day Symposium: The Rise of Hate, The Aspen Institute. More information.

July/August, 2018: Mother Jones. Inside the Radical, Uncomfortable Movement to Reform White Supremacists. More information.

August 7, 2018: PBS Frontline Episode. Documenting Hate: Charlottesville. More information.

Recent Media Coverage

Babbie Center in the News

All-American Nazis

Rolling Stone Magazine

How a senseless double murder in Florida exposed the rise of an organized fascist youth movement in the United States.

Dr. Pete Simi was interviewed on his views as an expert on this topic for Rolling Stone Magazine in May 2018. Take a look.