Senior Lecturer in Sociology , Vanderbilt University
Amy Cooter received her BA from Vanderbilt University and her PhD from the University of Michigan. She has researched different groups that are usually described as part of the “patriot movement” in the United States, and is an expert in US domestic militia groups. She is one of the few researchers from any discipline who has conducted interview and ethnographic research on militia groups, thus yielding insights into their motivations and ideological systems that are different than what can be gleaned from social media or news reports alone.
Dr. Cooter has been cited globally for her work and has served as an expert consultant on federal case involving militia members accused of plotting violence against a refugee community.
- “Lessons from embedding with the Michigan militia – 5 questions answered about the group allegedly plotting to kidnap a governor” by Amy Cooter in The Conversation
- “Fear Of Voter Intimidation Is Its Own Voter Intimidation” in FiveThirtyEight
- “Militia Leader Known As The ‘Bundy Ranch Sniper’ Seeks A New Title: State Senator” on WAMU
- “Why Michigan Is Considered ‘Fertile’ Ground for Anti-Government Extremists” in The New York Times
- “Sociology professor explains Boogaloo movement” on WNEM
- “Professor says Michigan has long militia history, but Wolverine Watchmen are an outlier” on WSTB 22
- “Expert: State has a long history with militia groups” on WOOD TV
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