Biographical Information

Chip Berlet

Work and Research Experience:

Freelance Journalist and Author, 2016-Current
Political Research Associates, 1987-2016. (Senior Research Analyst)
Better Government Association/ACLU of Illinois, (Paralegal Investigator),
Freelance Journalist and Author, 1977-2018
National Student Education Fund, 1975-1977
National Student Association, 1973-1975
College Press Service, 1971-1973


Attended University of Denver 1968-1972.

Selected Popular Written Material

Dennis King and Chip Berlet. 1993. “The A.D.L. Under Fire: It’s Shift to Right Has Led to Scandal.” The New York Times, May 28, p. A29 (Op-Ed).

Chip Berlet. 1981. “Ever Hear of Lyndon LaRouche? He May be Keeping Tabs on You.” Des Moines Register, September 23, (Op-Ed).


Major Public Auditorium Lectures:

Trinity University, San Antonio Texas. October 4, 2016. “Trumping Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Right-Wing Propaganda, and Scripted Violence.” Lennox Foundation Seminar on Propaganda and Political Persuasion.

Old South Meeting House, 1991, Speaker Series, “David Duke and Right-Wing Populism.”


Classroom Presentations:

Harvard University
Tufts University
University of Chicago
University of Manchester, UK.

Honors and Awards:
  • Citizens Alert, Chicago, “Rev. Willie Baker Award,” 1987, for the “outstanding efforts of Jean Hardisty, Chip Berlet, and Peggy Shinner in their work for racial justice.”
  • Outstanding Book Awards, The Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America:
    • 1995: Chip Berlet, Eyes Right.
    • 2001 Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons, Right-Wing Populism in America.
  • Drylongso Award, Community Change, Boston, 2009, for “consistent and courageous contributions in the struggle against racism.”
  • National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter, 2011, for “your long and proud record of outstanding legal and activist work in the fight for political, social, and economic justice.”

Writer, public speaking, editor, photographer, paralegal investigator, website designer and editor.


Professional Memberships:

  • American Sociological Association

National Boards of Directors

  • National Committee Against Repressive Legislation: 1989-2012
  • Defending Dissent Foundation: 2012-2016

Other Activities:


  • Advisory Board: With God on Their Side, PBS documentary series.
  • Appearances and interviews: Nightline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and many local radio and television stations.


See for more detailed list with some in full text:


Chip Berlet. Eyes Right: Challenging the Right-Wing Backlash. South End Press, Boston.

Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons, Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York, Guilford Press.

Chip Berlet. 2018. (Forthcoming). Trumping Democracy in the United States. Routledge, Abingdon, England

Chapters in Edited Books

Chip Berlet. 2013. “From Tea Parties to Militias: Between the Republican Party and the Insurgent Ultra-Right in the US.” In Sabine Von Mering and Timothy Wyman McCarty, eds., Right-wing Radicalism Today: Perspectives from Europe and the US. Routledge, Abingdon, England.

_______. 2012. “Reframing Populist Resentments in the Tea Party Movement.” In Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party. Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost, eds. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press.

_______. 2011. “Protocols to the Left, Protocols to the Right: Conspiracism in American Political Discourse at the Turn of the Second Millennium.” In Richard Allen Landes, and Steven T. Katz, The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-year Retrospective on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. New York: New York Univ. Press.

_______. 2008. “The United States: Messianism, Apocalypticism, and Political Religion.” In Roger Griffin, Matthew Feldman, and John Tortice, eds., The Sacred in Twentieth Century Politics: Essays in Honour of Professor Stanley G. Payne, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 221-257.

Hearst, Ernest, Chip Berlet, and Jack Porter. 2007. “Neo-Nazism.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. Eds. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. Vol. 15. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. 74-82. 22 vols. Thomson Gale.

Chip Berlet. 2007. “The New Political Right in the United States: Reaction, Rollback, and Resentment.” In Michael Thompson, ed, Confronting the New Conservatism. The Rise of the Right in America. New York, NYU Press.

_______. 2005. “Christian Identity: The Apocalyptic Style, Political Religion, Palingenesis and Neo-Fascism.” In Roger Griffin, ed., Fascism, Totalitarianism, and Political Religion, London: Routledge, pp. 175-212.

_______. 2005. “When Alienation Turns Right: Populist Conspiracism, the Apocalyptic Style, and Neofascist Movements.” In Lauren Langman and Devorah Kalekin Fishman, eds., Trauma, Promise, and the Millennium: The Evolution of Alienation, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 115-144.

_______. 2004. “Mapping the Political Right: Gender and Race Oppression in Right-Wing Movements.” In Abby Ferber, ed., Home-Grown Hate: Gender and Organized Racism. New York: Routledge.

_______. 2003. “Terminology: Use with Caution.” In Roger Griffin and Matthew Feldman, eds., Fascism, Vol. 5, Critical Concepts in Political Science. New York, NY: Routledge.


Chip Berlet. 2010. Roots of Anti-Obama Rhetoric.” In Donald Cunnigen, Marino A. Bruce, eds. Race in the Age of Obama, Vol.16, Research in Race and Ethnic Relations, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 301-319.

_______. 2009. “Violence and Public Policy,” In Criminology and Public Policy, special issue on terrorism, Vol. 8, Issue 3, (October), pp. 623-631.

_______. 2011. “Taking Tea Parties Seriously: Corporate Globalization, Populism, and Resentment.” In Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Global Studies Association of North America, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 11-29.

_______. 2010. Review of Rory McVeigh: The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Right-wing Movements and National Politics, Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2009. In E-Extreme, the online journal of ECPR, the Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy, Vol.11, No. 1, Feb/March 2010.

_______. 2009. “Violence and Public Policy,” Criminology and Public Policy, special issue on terrorism, Vol. 8, Issue 3, (October), pp. 623-631.

_______. 2008 “The Write Stuff: U. S. Serial Print Culture from Conservatives out to Neonazis,” Library Trends, Vol. 56, No. 3, (Winter). Special Issue: Alternative Print Culture: Social History and Libraries.

_______. 2007. Review of George Michael: The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right, Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2006. In e-Extreme, the online journal of ECPR, the Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy.

_______. 2007. Review of Fawaz A. Gerges: The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global, New York, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005. In Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Vol. 8, No. 1 (March), pp. 189-191.

Chip Berlet and Stanislav Vysotsky. 2006. “Overview of U.S. white supremacist groups.” In Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 1, (Summer). Special Issue on the White Power Movement in the United States, Betty. A. Dobratz and Lisa. K. Walsner, eds., pp. 11-48.

Chip Berlet. 2004. “Christian Identity: The Apocalyptic Style, Political Religion, Palingenesis and Neo-Fascism.” In Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Vol. 5, No. 3, (Winter). Special issue on Fascism as a Totalitarian Movement.

_______. 2004. “Hate, Oppression, Repression, and the Apocalyptic Style: Facing Complex Questions and Challenges.” Journal of Hate Studies, (Institute for Action against Hate, Gonzaga University Law School), Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 145-166.

_______. 2004. “Militias in the Frame.” Review essay mentioning four books on the Militia movement by Chermak, Crothers, Freilich, and Gallaher. In Contemporary Sociology, (American Sociological Association) Vol. 33, No. 5, (September), pp. 514-521.

_______. 2004. Review of Kathleen M. Blee: Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement, (Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press, 2002). In American Anthropologist, (American Anthropological Association), Vol. 106, No. 1, (March), pp. 180-181.

_______. 1995. “The Violence of Right-Wing Populism”, Peace Review, Journals Oxford Ltd., Vol. 7, Nos. 3 & 4, pp. 283–288.