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Amy Cooter

Director of Research & Academic Development, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Dr. Amy Cooter is a Senior Research Fellow at CTEC who focuses on antigovernment extremism. She has studied a range of groups who use a nostalgic understanding of the past to justify their actions. Her primary expertise is on U.S. domestic militias, and groups of armed individuals who see it as their civic duty to uphold the Constitution the way they believe it should be interpreted.

She has published articles in outlets like Scientific AmericanThe Conversation and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and has a book forthcoming with Taylor & Francis about nationalism and nostalgia in militias.

Amy has testified before U.S. Congress about her research, and regularly consults with academics, journalists, and law enforcement around the globe. You may find her quoted in such outlets as NPRRolling StoneFiveThirtyEight, and The Washington Post.

Amy has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan and B.A. in sociology and psychology from Vanderbilt University.

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State Expertise: National, Mich.
Speaks: English

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