Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

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Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism[1] is housed at California State University, San Bernardino. "The Center’s day-to-day operations are managed by its Director, Prof. Brian Levin, and Associate Director, Dr. Kevin Grisham, who takes responsibility for the actions and positions of the Center."

Claims of Anti-Asian Hate

Alleged Hate Crimes against Asian Americans from 2019 to 2020

A fact sheet[2] published by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism in March 2021 claimed that Anti‐Asian Hate Crimes Surge 149% with 122 alleged hate crimes against Asian Americans in the country in 2020 versus 49 alleged hate crimes against Asian Americans in the country in 2019. The source data for these claims is not included with the report, which was heavily cited in the media. The report itself directed readers to Stop AAPI Hate and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Cities Impacted

According the unsourced report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, the cities in America most impacted by an escalation in alleged hate crimes against Asian Americans were as follows:


"We take pride in having accomplished people on our Boards who sometimes have divergent viewpoints that they freely share. All, however, rigorously embrace our mission to protect our democratic ideals and to combat bigotry."


As of March 18, 2021, the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism team was listed as the following:[3]

University-Based Board

  • Rafik Mohamed, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, expertise: race and class
  • Larry Gaines, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, expertise: policing and homeland security
  • Alemayehu Mariam, JD/Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, expertise: law and race
  • Donna Garcia, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, expertise: social psychology, experimental psychology, and radicalization/recruitment by hate groups
  • Timothy Pytell, Ph.D., Professor of History, expertise: genocide

International Advisory Board

  • Erroll Southers, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security at the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy, former FBI Special Agent and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security, terrorism, security.
  • Laura Khor, Ph.D., Associate Director, The Osgood Center for International Studies (Washington DC), terrorist deradicalization, countering violent extremism (CVE), and terrorist radicalization
  • Dennis Downey, Ph.D., California State University, Channel Islands, Sociology, human relations organizations
  • Amir Hussein, Ph.D., Loyola University (Los Angeles) Theological Studies, Chair Center for Global Understanding, Organizer Bellarmine Forum on Interfaith Dialogue
  • Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine; Executive Director, Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab American Leadership, Washington, DC
  • Carl Jensen, Ph.D., University of Mississippi, Criminal Justice/Director, Center for Intelligence and Security Studies- Univ. of Miss., national security, Superv. Special Agent, FBI Academy (Ret.)
  • Jack Levin, Ph.D., Northeastern University (Boston), hate crime and prejudice, Co-Director, Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict
  • James Nolan, Ph.D., West Virginia University, Sociology & Anthropology, hate crime, data analysis, Unit Chief: Crime, Analysis, Research & Development Unit, FBI (Ret.)
  • Bennet Obong, Project Manager, Hate Crime Forum, Metropolitan Police Authority, London, UK
  • Barbara Perry, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, ON); Criminology, Justice, and Policy Studies, hate crime
  • Lowell Smith, California Probation Department (Orange County, California), gangs, white supremacists, sovereign citizens
  • Peter Simi, Ph.D., Chapman University (Orange, CA), Sociology, white supremacists/radicalism
  • Alvin Sykes, President, Emmett Till Justice Campaign, National Association of Human Rights Workers, Kansas City, MO
  • Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino, Ph.D., Bridgewater State University (MA), Criminal Justice, hate crime, racism
  • Ron Wakabayashi, Western Regional Director, U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (Los Angeles, CA), human relations, prejudice; Los Angeles County: Commission on Human Relations (ret,)