Jeffrey Kaplan (academic)

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Jeffrey Kaplan
Born 1954
Nationality American
Education Ph.D. in the History of Culture
Alma mater University of Chicago
Occupation Professor, author
Employer University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Known for Specializes in the study of racism, religious violence, terrorism, and the far right.

Jeffrey Kaplan (born 1954) is an American academic who has written and edited a number of books on racism, religious violence, terrorism and the far right. He is an Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and a member of the Board of Academic Advisors of the university's Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence and Memory.[1]

Kaplan sits on the editorial boards of the journals Terrorism and Political Violence, Nova Religio and The Pomegranate.[1]


Kaplan earned an M.A. in Linguistics from Colorado State University in 1981; a M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1989; and earned a Ph.D. in the History of Culture from the University of Chicago in 1993,[2] with a thesis titled Revolutionary Millenarianism in the Modern World: From Christian Identity to Gush Emunim.[3]


Kaplan was an Associate Professor of History at Iḷisaġvik College in Barrow, Alaska.[4]

Kaplan was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Research Grant for a project on "The Emergence of a Violent Euro-American Radical Right" with Leonard Weinberg.[5] Kaplan occupied the Bicentennial Fulbright Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland from 1998–1999.[6]