Maxwell School

Michael Barkun

Professor Emeritus, Political Science


Contact Information

508 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-9339


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1965


Millenarian and utopian movements, radical right, terrorism


Religion and Politics
Counter-Terrorism & the Law 


Chasing Phantoms: Reality, Imagination, and Homeland Security Since 9/11.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America, University of California Press, expanded edition 2013
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

“Conspiracy Networks” – Beliefs about conspiracies that cross national boundaries.

“The FBI and Religion after September 11th” – the interactions of the Bureau with the Muslim community after 9/11 and their implications for relations between state and religion.

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