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Peter Knight

Peter Knight
(Action Chair)Peter Knight is a professor of American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK, where he is currently chair of the department of English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing. He is the author of Conspiracy Culture: From the Kennedy Assassination to The X-Files (2000) and The Kennedy Assassination (2007), as well as the editor […]

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Michael Butter

Michael Butter
(Action Vice Chair)Michael Butter has been a Professor of American Literary and Cultural History at the University of Tübingen since 2014. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn in 2007 and his Habilitation from the University of Freiburg in 2012. He is the author of three monographs: The Epitome of Evil: Hitler in American Fiction, 1939–2002 […]

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Aida Džanović

Aida Džanović
Aida Džanović is a researcher from Sarajevo and a collaborator on many international projects. She received an M.A. in political science from the University of Sarajevo. She is an author of many research articles published in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The focus of her research is the European migration policy.

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Alejandro Romero-Reche

Alejandro Romero-Reche
Alejandro Romero-Reche is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Granada, Spain. He teaches Contemporary Social Theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, and Electoral Analysis. He has published several articles and book chapters on the sociologies of knowledge, humor, and leisure. As a comic writer, he won the Injuve Award for a short story […]

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Aleksandra Cichocka

Aleksandra Cichocka
Aleksandra Cichocka is a lecturer in Political Psychology at the University of Kent, where she leads the Political Psychology Lab and the M.Sc. in Political Psychology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Warsaw and was a Fulbright Fellow at New York University. She is a member of the Governing Council of the International […]

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Alexander Libman

Alexander Libman
Alexander Libman is a professor of social sciences and eastern-European studies at the Institute of Sociology of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. An economist by training, he worked at the intersection between economics, political science, and sociology in the last years. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Mannheim and, before joining the […]

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Alfred Moore

Alfred Moore
Alfred Moore is a research fellow at CRASSH at Cambridge University, where he works on the Leverhulme funded project Conspiracy and Democracy (RP2012-CO17). He writes on political theory, democracy, and the politics of expertise. He has taught philosophy at University College Cork, was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, and was a […]

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Aline Schlaepfer

Aline Schlaepfer
Aline Schlaepfer holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Geneva, where she has been teaching as maître-assistante since 2012. Between 2008 and 2009, she was a visiting research student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. A postdoctoral fellowship with the […]

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Alp Yenen

Alp Yenen
Alp Yenen is a senior assistant lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Basel. He studied History and Culture of the Middle East (Turkish, Ottoman, and Iranian Studies), Political Science, and Economic Geography at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Basel. […]

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Anastasia Iliadeli

Anastasia Iliadeli
Anastasia Iliadeli is a political scientist. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). She has also completed two master’s degrees; one at AUTh in Political Analysis and one at LSE in Comparative Politics. The domains of interest that she focuses on include the research of  extreme right, populism, antisemitism, […]

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Anastasia Kafe 

Anastasia Kafe 
Anastasia Kafe has obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science from Panteion University, Greece, and is a researcher at the university’s Centre for Political Studies. She has participated in several research programs including the “Designing & Operating an Infrastructure for the Empirical Inquiry of Political & Social Radicalism in Greece” – THALIS project (EU Framework Program), the […]

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Anastasiya Astapova

Anastasiya Astapova
Anastasiya Astapova is a research fellow for Estonian and Comparative Folklore at the University of Tartu. She holds a Ph.D. in Philology from the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Ph.D. in Folklore from the University of Tartu. Her research interests are based on fieldwork she conducts in Belarus, Estonia, and Russia and include different […]

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André Krouwel

André Krouwel
André Krouwel teaches comparative political science and communication science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and is the founder of Kieskompas (Election Compass) – a developer of online Vote Advice Applications, with which data on party positions and voter opinions is collected. Krouwel’s research focuses on public opinion and politically relevant sentiments, voting behavior, political parties, and […]

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Andreas Önnerfors

Andreas Önnerfors
Dr. Andreas Önnerfors is an associate professor in the history of sciences and ideas at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His main research areas are the cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe with a focus on Swedish-German relations, press history, and organized sociability, in particular, secret societies and freemasonry. He also works on the rhetoric of […]

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Andreas Ventsel

Andreas Ventsel
Andreas Ventsel defended his Ph.D. thesis on semiotic theory of hegemony at Tartu University, Department of Semiotics in 2009. Currently, he is working in the same institution as a senior researcher. He has been a visiting researcher at Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University, Georgia, and has given lectures at the University of Turin, Italy, as […]

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Andrew McKenzie-McHarg

Andrew McKenzie-McHarg
Andrew McKenzie-McHarg is a historian who studied in Berlin and Erfurt and who is currently part of the Conspiracy and Democracy Project based at the University of Cambridge. His interests extend from anti-Jesuit rhetoric in the Early Modern Period to radical streams of thought in late Enlightenment Germany. They also encompass the emergence of the […]

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Annika Brunck

Annika Brunck
Annika Brunck currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of American Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is a member of COST Action 15101 COMPACT (“Comparative Approaches to Conspiracy Theories”) and also served as the Action’s Grant Manager in its first year. Her dissertation project is entitled “Fighting ‘the Evil Scourge […]

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Annika Rabo

Annika Rabo
Annika Rabo is a professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. 
She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology in 1986 after completing a thesis on the political and social effects of a gigantic irrigation scheme along the Euphrates in northeast Syria. Since the late 1970s, she has conducted fieldwork in various parts of the Middle East, […]

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Anthony Lantian

Anthony Lantian
Anthony Lantian is an Associate Professor at the UFR Sciences Psychologiques et Sciences de l’Éducation (SPSE) at the Université Paris Nanterre. His research interests lie in the origins, functional roles, and social consequences of beliefs that people hold about the world. More specifically, his research focuses on belief in conspiracy theories as well as beliefs […]

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Asbjørn Dyrendal

Asbjørn Dyrendal
Asbjørn Dyrendal is a professor in the history of religion at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His research is about contemporary religion, its different expressions and conditions, with a sideways glance at questions of relevant theory or method. The religious expressions cover the spectrum from “fundamentalism” and “New Age,” to Satanism and […]

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Bakar Berekashvili

Bakar Berekashvili
Bakar Berekashvili (1983) is a Lecturer in Political Science at the Georgian American University in Tbilisi. He studied politics, sociology, philosophy, and history in Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and in Poland. He has also completed several research stays at various academic institutions in Europe, including the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid and the […]

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Barbara De Poli

Barbara De Poli
Barbara De Poli teaches contemporary history of Islamic countries and political thought of Islamic countries at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. She is the scientific coordinator of the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies (CEM) at the same university, and board member of the Centre for Human Rights Studies (CESTUDIR). Her main field of research are […]

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Ben Carver

Ben Carver
Ben Carver teaches literature and cultural theory at Aarhus University. Broadly defined, his research area is the cultural history of speculative fiction in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has written a monograph for Palgrave Macmillan, Alternate Histories and Nineteenth-Century Literature: Untimely Meditations in Britain, France, and America, of which Fredric Jameson writes: “The counterfactual […]

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Bernardo (Dov) Winer

Bernardo (Dov) Winer
Dov Winer is a psychologist (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) who specialized in Online Education and Training (University of London). His professional activities focus on the application of ICT in education and cultural heritage. He founded the Israel Internet Society and participates in the Steering Committee of the EUN Association of European Ministries of Education for […]

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Biljana Gjoneska

Biljana Gjoneska
Biljana Gjoneska, M.D., Ph.D., holds a medical degree from the University of Skopje and a doctoral degree in psychology and social neuroscience from the Sapienza University of Rome. While her work as a scientific researcher at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts revolves around the area of Cognitive Neuroscience (with special emphasis on Neuroinformatics […]

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Björn Vollan

Björn Vollan
Björn Vollan is Robert Bosch junior professor at the Philipps-Universität Marburg. His research agenda combines methods and topics from behavioral economics, environmental economics, and development economics. He has extensive experience in designing and conducting laboratory and field experiments, particularly with the rural population in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, testing various questions related to pro-social and […]

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Chad E. Brack

Chad E. Brack
Chad E. Brack received his master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from National Defense University in 2015. His thesis, “The Conspiracist Style in American Extremism: An Education-Based Approach for Combating Conspiracism,” discussed the role of conspiracy theories in some extremist ideologies and possible ways to mitigate conspiracist ideation in the United States military through professional […]

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Clare Birchall

Clare Birchall
Clare Birchall is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Culture at King’s College London. She is the author of Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip (Berg, 2006) and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). She has also edited special issues of the journals Theory, Culture and Society and […]

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Claus Oberhauser

Claus Oberhauser
Claus Oberhauser teaches History and Didactics of History at the University of Innsbruck and the Pedagogical University of Tyrol, Austria. He is the author of Die Verschwörungstheoretische Trias: Barruel – Robison – Starck (2013) as well as the editor of Hinter den Kulissen: Beiträge zur historischen Mythenforschung (2012) and Juden und Geheimnis (2015). Both include […]

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Corneliu Pintilescu

Corneliu Pintilescu
Corneliu Pintilescu is a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Sibiu of the Romanian Academy. He has a Ph.D. in history from the “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca with a dissertation entitled: Judicial Mechanisms of Political Repression in Romania (1948–1956). Case Study: The Military Tribunal in Cluj. He authored two books and published over […]

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Dana Crăciun

Dana Crăciun
Dana Crăciun teaches 20th-century literature and American Studies at the West University of Timișoara. Her other research interests include post-9/11 crises of representation, critical theory, and, more recently, conspiracy theories.

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Daniel Cohnitz

Daniel Cohnitz
Daniel Cohnitz (born in 1974) holds the chair for theoretical philosophy at Utrecht University. In his research on conspiracy theories, he focusses on the social epistemology of conspiracy theories, e.g. the effect that belief in conspiracy theories has on epistemic trust relations. Cohnitz defended his dissertation on Thought Experiments in Philosophy (Gedankenexperimente in der Philosophie) […]

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Daniel Jolley

Daniel Jolley
Daniel Jolley is an early-career social psychologist at Staffordshire University, UK, where he is currently a Lecturer in Psychology. His research has been examining the social consequences of conspiracy theories, specifically using experimental methods – such as uncovering the impact of exposure to conspiracy theories on political, environmental, and health-related behavioral intentions. In a similar […]

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David Harper

David Harper
David Harper is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London where he is also Programme Director (Academic) of the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has a longstanding interest in unusual experiences and beliefs in both clinical and non-clinical populations with a focus on the social context of paranoia and conspiratorial belief. […]

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Doğan Gürpınar

Doğan Gürpınar
Doğan Gürpınar is an associate professor at the Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ). He is a historian specialized in the late Ottoman and contemporary Turkish historiography, thought, and ideas. He is interested in ideologies and mental structures prevailing in Turkey probing them in a continuum in the course of the making of modern Turkey. His interest […]

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Eduardo Camilo

Eduardo Camilo
Eduardo Camilo is a professor of semiotics, advertising, and strategic communication at the Department of Communication and Arts, University of Beira Interior, Portugal. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University Nova de Lisboa and holds a Ph.D. and Habilitation in Communication Studies from University da Beira Interior. He was a visiting Professor at the University […]

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Eirikur Bergmann

Eirikur Bergmann
Eirikur Bergmann is a professor of politics and director at the Centre for European Studies at Bifrost University in Iceland. He mainly writes on nationalism, populism, European integration, Icelandic politics, and participatory democracy. Further afield are couples of novels published in Icelandic. Based on a nationwide election in 2010, Bergmann served as a member of Iceland’s […]

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Estrella Gualda

Estrella Gualda
Estrella Gualda is a professor of Sociology at the Universidad de Huelva, Spain, where she is the director of the Social Studies and Social Intervention Research Centre. Throughout her career, Professor Gualda has published several books, book chapters, and scientific articles in the fields of sociology, social exclusion, migrations and minorities, cross-border issues, social networks, social capital, and social media. She is currently working on the study […]

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Eva Horn

Eva Horn
Eva Horn is a Professor of Modern German Literature and Cultural Studies at the Department of German, University of Vienna, Austria. One of her major fields of research is the notion of political secrecy and the modes of its representation in fiction. She has published about the theory and practice of state secrecy in the […]

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Eva Kimminich

Eva Kimminich
Eva Kimminich is professor of Cultural Studies and Cultural Semiotics at the University of Potsdam, where she holds the Chair of Romance Cultures. She is responsible for the master programs Applied Cultural Studies and Cultural Semiotics and International Applied Cultural Studies and Semiotics. Her main research interests encompass cultural and pop-cultural aspects, particularly youth and […]

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Evripides Zantides

Evripides Zantides
Evripides Zantides is an Associate Professor of Graphic Communication and Head of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology. His professional activities include the presentation of research papers at a number of journals and international conferences on semiotics, graphic design education, typography, and visual communication, as well as his participation, […]

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Filippos Tymvios

Filippos Tymvios
Filippos Tymvios graduated from the Physics Department of the National And Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1994. He received his M.Sc. in Environmental Physics in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Solar Radiation Modeling in 2007 from the same university. He also holds an M.Sc. in Public Sector Management from CIIM (2012). He is a certified […]

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Franciszek Czech

Franciszek Czech
Franciszek Czech, Ph.D., is a sociologist and political scientist at the Department of Intercultural Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. In his research on conspiracy theory, he focuses on its political dimensions as part of political culture, populism, critical citizens’ attitude, and citizen journalism phenomenon as well as media discourses. He authored two books: Nightmare Scenarios: […]

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Gintaras Aleknonis

Gintaras Aleknonis
Gintaras Aleknonis is a professor at and the director of the Institute of Communication at Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania. His research interests include media and democrac, as well as the relationship between the media and the state. These topics are discussed in his book The New Censorship (2011, in Lithuanian). He is the author […]

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Giulia Napolitano

Giulia Napolitano
Giulia Napolitano is a Ph.D. candidate at the Cologne Centre for Contemporary Epistemology and the Kantian Tradition (CONCEPT) at the University of Cologne. Her main research interest is in social epistemology, particularly philosophical problems to do with testimony, disagreement, expertise, and epistemic authority. She is currently working on the topic of conspiracy theories, trying to […]

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Grigorij Mesežnikov

Grigorij Mesežnikov
Grigorij Mesežnikov, president of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Bratislava, Slovakia, is a graduate of the Faculty of Arts at Moscow State University (MGU). Between 1983 and 1993, he worked at Comenius University in Bratislava, from 1993 to 1997, he served at the Political Science Institute at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He is a […]

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Helena Pires

Helena Pires
Helena Pires is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences Department as well as an integrated Member of the Communication and Society Research Centre at the University of Minho. She completed her Ph.D. in Semiotics of Communication at the University of Minho in 2007. Her research interests lie in urban communication, visual semiotics, advertising, landscape, […]

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Henry M. Taylor

Henry M. Taylor
Henry M. Taylor is Privatdozent (P.D., Private Lecturer) in Film and Media Studies at the University of Konstanz and has recently published his second book, Conspiracy! Theorie und Geschichte des Paranoiafilms (Schüren, 2018) on conspiracy and paranoia in film and television. He previously obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Film and History at the University of […]

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Holger Mölder

Holger Mölder
Holger Mölder is an associate professor in International Relations at the Department of Law, Tallinn University of Technology and Head of the Master’s Program in International Relations and European-Asian Studies. He defended his Ph.D. on Political Sciences in 2010 at the University of Tartu and his dissertation examined cooperative security issues in the modern security […]

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Hulda Thórisdóttir

Hulda Thórisdóttir
Hulda Thórisdóttir is an Associate Professor in the Psychology and Political Science Departments at the University of Iceland. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from New York University (2007). Her research centers on political ideology, its structure, causes, and consequences. In her doctoral research, initiated in the months after the 9/11 attacks, she used […]

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Ilya Yablokov

Ilya Yablokov
Dr. Ilya Yablokov is a Teaching Fellow in Russian politics, history, and culture at the University of Leeds, UK. He received his M.A. with Distinction in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, Budapest, and his Ph.D. in Russian Studies from the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests include conspiracy theories, nation-building, and politics in […]

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Iris Žeželj

Iris Žeželj
Iris Žeželj is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at Belgrade University. She gained her Ph.D. in 2011. Her main area of interest is social cognition, specifically biases in memory, self-knowledge, and group perception, as well as intergroup relations. She has led and co-led international research projects on attitude change, intergroup relations, and social identity. Iris […]

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Isabel Marcos

Isabel Marcos
Isabel Marcos is a Senior Research fellow of CICS.NOVA – Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, FCSH at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She received a Ph.D. in Semiotics (1996) from the University of Aarhus (Denmark) and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences (2000) from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal). Her major publications are: Espace, sémiotique et […]

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Iselin Frydenlund

Iselin Frydenlund
Iselin Frydenlund is a postdoctoral fellow in religious studies at MF, Norwegian School of Theology and affiliate to the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). She holds a Ph.D. in the history of religion from the University of Oslo (2011). She specializes in Buddhism, politics, and violence, working specifically with radical Buddhist groups in Sri Lanka […]

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Ivan Brlić

Ivan Brlić
Ivan Brlić is a senior research assistant at the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences Regional Centre in Gospić, Croatia. He studied history and informatics at the University of Rijeka in 2007 and earned his doctoral degree in history (his doctoral thesis was titled “Civil Organizations in Lika Region from 1860 until 1940”). During the […]

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Ivelina Ivanova

Ivelina Ivanova
Ivelina Ivanova is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Studies in Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Science. She has published two books and a number of papers on theory of history, philosophy of history, conceptual history, the legitimiation of historical knowledge, and its social and political uses. Ivelina Ivanova has been a […]

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Jakov Bojovic

Jakov Bojovic
Jakov Bojovic is a researcher at the Center for European Union Research, a research institute of the Central European University. His fields of interest are public policy, EU governance, policy communications, and policy entrepreneurship. He is a CEO of the Madrid-based consultancy Centre for Policy Writing. Within conspiracy theories as a field of study, Mr […]

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Jan Rathje

Jan Rathje
Jan Rathje is a political scientist, focused on political theory, antisemitism and right-wing extremism. He worked in mobile counselling against right-wing extremism in northern Germany before becoming project lead of “No World Order – Acting against conspiracy ideologies” at Amadeu Antonio Foundation in 2015. The project aims at empowering civil-society actors to counter conspiracy ideologies […]

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Jan-Willem van Prooijen

Jan-Willem van Prooijen
Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen is an Associate Professor at VU Amsterdam and a Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). His core discipline is social psychology, and he studies people’s subjective beliefs in conspiracy theories through quantitative research methods. His research focuses on the cognitive, group dynamic, […]

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Jaron Harambam

Jaron Harambam
Jaron Harambam (Amsterdam, 1983) is currently finishing his Ph.D. at the Rotterdam Centre for Cultural Sociology (CROCUS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, titled: “The Truth Is Out There” – Conspiracy Culture in an Age of Epistemic Instability. He carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork (both on- and offline) to study the ideas, practices, and biographies of people active […]

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Jasna Milošević Đorđević

Jasna Milošević Đorđević
Jasna Milošević Đorđević teaches Social Psychology at the Faculty of Media and Communication (Singidunum University), Belgrade, Serbia and the University of Montenegro (Podgorica). She is also a Research Associate at the Institute for Political Studies and research consultant in Ipsos Strategic Marketing. Her M.A. and Ph.D. thesis were related to voting behavior and national identity. She […]

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José Rúas-Araújo

José Rúas-Araújo
José Rúas-Araújo is a specialist in mass media and associate professor at the Social Sciences and Communication School of the Universidad de Vigo, Spain. He has an experience of more than ten years as a journalist and fifteen as a professor. He holds a PhD in Communication from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. His […]

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Juha Räikkä

Juha Räikkä
Juha Räikkä is a professor of practical philosophy at the University of Turku, Finland. His research interests include topics such as justice, privacy, forgiveness, remorse, self-deception, just war-theory, equality, burden of proof, and conspiracy theories. Räikkä’s recent publications include two books: Social Justice in Practice (Heidelberg: Springer 2014) and Human Imperfection (in Finnish, 2017). He […]

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Juho Ritola

Juho Ritola
Juho Ritola is a docent in Argumentation Theory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Turku in 2004 and has worked at universities in Finland, Estonia, and the Netherlands. His main interest lies in the philosophical, especially epistemological, questions of argument and inference. He has published on fallacies, the notion of critical thinking, and […]

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Julien Giry

Julien Giry
Since 2009, Julien Giry has been working on conspiracy theories mainly in the United States. After a monograph of the LaRouche Movement (2009–2010), he defended a dissertation in political science entitled “Conspiracism in American Politics and Popular Culture. A Sociopolitical Approach of Conspiracy Theories” at the University of Rennes 1 in 2014. He has also […]

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Karen Douglas

Karen Douglas
Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. She studies the psychological factors associated with belief in conspiracy theories and some of the social, political, health, and environmental consequences of belief in conspiracy theories.

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Kasper Grotle Rasmussen

Kasper Grotle Rasmussen
Kasper Grotle Rasmussen is an assistant professor of American History at the Center for American Studies/Department of History at the University of Southern Denmark. His main field of expertise is the history of American foreign relations in the 20th and 21st centuries. He has focused on ideas, decision-making structures and – most recently – emotions, […]

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Kateřina Králová

Kateřina Králová
Kateřina Králová is an Assistant Professor in Contemporary History and former Vice-Dean for International Relations (2010–2015) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague. In her research, she focuses on reconciliation with the Nazi past, post-conflict societies, memory, and oral history regarding the Holocaust, Greek Civil War, and post-war reconstruction particularly in Greece. In 2016, […]

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