Maxwell School

Michael Barkun

Professor Emeritus, Political Science

Michael_Barkun

Contact Information

mbarkun@maxwell.syr.edu

508 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-9339

Degree

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1965

Specialties

Millenarian and utopian movements, radical right, terrorism

Courses

Religion and Politics
Counter-Terrorism & the Law 

Publications

Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America, University of California Press, 2003
Religion and the Racist Right, University of North Carolina Press, 1997
Crucible of the Millennium, Syracuse University Press, 1986
Disaster and the Millennium, Yale University Press, 1974
Law Without Sanctions, Yale University Press, 1968  

Research Interests

Millenarian and apocalyptic groups; political extremism; religiously-based violence; conspiracy theories.

Research Projects

"Religion, Secrecy, and National Security" -- the position of religious freedom in an era of religiously-driven terrorism, involving issues of privacy, religious community seclusion, and law enforcement practice.

"Terrorism and Doomsday" -- the relationship between terrorist aims and millennial beliefs, as well as the potential association of terrorism with "doomsday weapons" (WMD).

"The Contemporary Significance of The Protocols" -- the continued influence of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion a century after publication and more than eighty years after their exposure.  

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