Professor Emeritus, Political Science
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
Millenarian and apocalyptic groups; political extremism; religiously-based violence; conspiracy theories.
“Conspiracy Networks” – Beliefs about conspiracies that cross national
“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.