George Michael (professor)

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George Michael
George Joseph Michael

(1961-01-30) January 30, 1961 (age 58)
EducationBS, MA, PhD (2002) in public policy
Alma materWidener University, Temple University, George Mason University
OccupationPolitical scientist
EmployerWestfield State University
Known forResearch regarding the American far-right
Notable work
The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right
AwardsUniversity of Virginia's Outstanding Research Award

George Joseph Michael (born January 30, 1961)[1][2] is an American professor at the criminal justice faculty of Westfield State University in Massachusetts, and previously served as associate professor of nuclear counterproliferation and deterrence theory at the Air War College [3] and as associate professor of political science and administration of justice at The University of Virginia's College at Wise. He studies right-wing extremism, including the relationship between militant Islam and the far right,[4][5] and is the author of Confronting Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA (2003), The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (2006), Willis Carto and the American Far Right (2008), Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator (2009), Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance (2012), and Extremism in America (editor) (2014). Professor Michael has also published research on SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and is the author of Preparing for Contact: When Humans and Extraterrestrials Finally Meet (2014).

Early life and education[edit]

Michael was born in 1961 and has a B.S. from Widener University and an M.A. from Temple University.[6] He obtained his Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University in 2002,[7] where he studied under Francis Fukuyama, with a thesis entitled "The U.S. Response to Domestic Right Wing Terrorism and Extremism: A Government and NGO Partnership."


Described by The Christian Science Monitor as a political extremism expert,[8][9] he was awarded the University of Virginia's "Outstanding Research Award", awarded to a faculty member who "has contributed significantly to published research in his or her discipline".[10]

Michael is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Pennsylvania Air National Guard. As a civilian, he did operations research for the U.S. Army.[7]

In 2003, he authored Confronting Right-wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA, which discussed domestic terrorists and the threats they pose to U.S. "homeland security."[11]

Political Science Quarterly reviewed his 2006 The Enemy of My Enemy, writing:

George Michael's The Enemy of My Enemy explores the connections and possibilities for cooperation between a threat of substantial contemporary interest to policymakers, intelligence analysts, and political scientists—militant Islamic movements like the al Qaeda organization (AQO)--and one that is, in many respects, an incipient one, Western right-wing extremism. The book provides a good overview of the historical and intellectual wellsprings of these two movements, but ultimately does not provide a case that would justify alarm.[12]

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of The Weekly Standard also reviewed it. He found it too long, yet lacking in analysis. But he noted its "in-depth study of the on-again, off-again love affair between radical Islam and the extreme right."[13]

His 2008 book Willis Carto and the American Far Right is about Willis Carto, founder of Liberty Lobby.[14]

Michael says that post-9/11, underground radio stations that traffic in conspiracy theories and incite violence in the U.S. are under greater scrutiny as law enforcement has been given more power to prosecute such speech. He also says that the American Free Press newspaper is "the most important newspaper of the radical right."[8] He notes that: "Traditionally, critique of the IRS has come from the right, such as the Christian Patriot movement, but sovereign citizen movements also invoke a lot of left-wing ideas like anti-capitalism that are consistent with the times and the downturn in the economy, where people may have property liens against them."[9]




  1. ^ "George Joseph Michael", Who's Who in America (70th ed.), 2016
  2. ^ "Michael, George 1961- (George J. Michael)". Contemporary Authors. Gale. 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Michael, George. The New Media and the Rise of Exhortatory Terrorism. Strategic Studies Quarterly (USAF), Volume 7 Issue 1, Spring 2013
  4. ^ MacDonald, Nancy (July 18, 2006). "To Heil with Muslims]". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  5. ^ Amid harsh criticisms, 'tea party' slips into the mainstream, The Christian Science Monitor, April 3, 2010.
  6. ^ Professor Kevin MacDonald's Critique of Judaism: Legitimate Scholarship or the Intellectualization of Anti-Semitism?, Britannica Online Encyclopedia, April 10, 2010.
  7. ^ a b Confronting right-wing extremism and ... – Google Books. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Guardians of the free Republics tied to Texas radio station / The Christian Science Monitor". April 2, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Guardians of the free Republics looked to Gandhi, King, and Mandela / The Christian Science Monitor". April 3, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  10. ^ "UVA-Wise Faculty Received Harrison Awards", UVA-Wise Magazine, Faculty and Staff News, accessed April 19, 2010 Archived September 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Confronting Right-wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA. | Goliath Business News". February 1, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  12. ^ "The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (Book review)", Political Science Quarterly, March 22, 2007, accessed April 19, 2010
  13. ^ "Strange Allies". The Weekly Standard. August 9, 2006. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  14. ^ "Biography by UVa-Wise professor George Michael profiles controversial Carto", UVA Wise College Relations, October 10, 2008, accessed April 19, 2010[dead link]
  15. ^ "A Review of: George Michael. Theology of Hate. A History of the World Church of the Creator. – Terrorism and Political Violence". January 1, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  16. ^ HighBeam[dead link]

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