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Michael Barkun

Michael Barkun

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508 Eggers Hall

Michael Barkun

Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department


Religion and Politics
Counter-Terrorism & the Law 

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1965

Areas of Expertise

Millenarian and utopian movements, radical right, terrorism

Research Interests

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

Research Grant Awards and 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.

Selected Publications

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