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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), and the editor of Conspiracy […]

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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 MA 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 MSc 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, in the last years he worked at the intersection between economics, political science, and sociology. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Mannheim and, before joining […]

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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, and was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, and was […]

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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 PhD from the University of Basel. […]

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Anastasia Kafe 

Anastasia Kafe 
Anastasia Kafe has obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science from Panteion University, Greece, and she 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), […]

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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, Russia and include different forms […]

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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 (2009). Currently he his 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) and at […]

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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, 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 Masaryk […]

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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. At the same university she is the Scientific Coordinator of the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies (CEM), and board member of the Centre for Human Rights Studies (CESTUDIR). Her main field of research is […]

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Ben Carver

Ben Carver
Ben Carver teaches literature and cultural theory at Falmouth University. Broadly defined, his research area is the cultural history of speculative fiction in the nineteenth and twentieth 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, MD, 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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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, AUT. He is the author of Die Verschwörungstheoretische Trias: Barruel – Robison – Starck (2013), and the editor of Hinter den Kulissen. Beiträge zur historischen Mythenforschung (2012) and Juden und Geheimnis (2015). Both include chapters on […]

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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 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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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 of Centre for European Studies at Bifrost University in Iceland. He writes mainly 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 Constitutional […]

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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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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, and his participation, with distinguished […]

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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 MSc in Environmental Physics in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Solar Radiation Modeling in 2007 from the same university. He also holds an MSc 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 (dean) of the Institute of Communication at Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania). His research interests include media and democracy, as well as the relationship between 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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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 Communication Sciences Department as well as an integrated Member of 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, and Contemporary […]

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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 MA with Distinction in Nationalism Studies from Central European University (Budapest) and Ph.D. in Russian Studies from the University of Manchester (UK). His research interests include conspiracy theories, nation-building, and politics in post-Soviet […]

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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 PhD 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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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 MA and Ph.D. thesis was related to voting behavior and national identity. She […]

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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 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 (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 – […]

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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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Katharina Thalmann

Katharina Thalmann
Katharina Thalmann is an assistant professor in American Studies and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Her dissertation project “‘A Plot to Make Us Look Foolish’: The Marginalization of Conspiracy Theory” traces the shift in the status of conspiracy theory from legitimate to illegitimate knowledge in the Cold War era. Parts of her […]

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Kosta Bovan

Kosta Bovan
Kosta Bovan is affiliated with the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. His research interests are political behavior, including political cognition, conspiracy theories, populism, and evolutionary political psychology; as well as cultural approaches to politics, such as cultural trauma.

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Levente Littvay

Levente Littvay
Levente (Levi) Littvay is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, where he teaches MA and Ph.D. courses in applied statistics with a topical emphasis on electoral politics, voting behavior, political psychology, American politics, and is the recipient of CEU’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He received his MA and Ph.D. […]

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Loïc Nicolas

Loïc Nicolas
Loïc Nicolas (Ph.D., 2011) is a researcher in Rhetoric and Argumentation at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He is also associated with the research team PROTAGORAS (IHECS). His work focuses on the practice of political discourse, the history of the art of speech, as well as conspiracy theories from a discursive and persuasive perspective. […]

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Maarten Boudry

Maarten Boudry
Maarten Boudry (1984) is a postdoctoral fellow of the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) at Ghent University. He studied in Vienna (Konrad Lorenz Institute), Boston (Tufts University) and New York (City University of New York). In 2011, he defended his dissertation on pseudoscience, Here Be Dragons. Exploring the Hinterland of Science. He is co-editor […]

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Mar Gallego Durán

Mar Gallego Durán
Mar Gallego Durán has taught American and African American Literatures at the University of Huelva (Spain) since 1996. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in 1997 and was awarded fellowships at the Universities of Cornell, Northwestern, and Harvard. She is currently director of the Research Centre on Migrations at the University of Huelva. Her major research […]

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Mari-Liis Madisson

Mari-Liis Madisson
Mari-Liis Madisson received her Ph.D. in Semiotics and Culture Studies from the University of Tartu in 2016. She is a Research Fellow at the Department of Semiotics as well as a Junior Research Fellow the Institute of Social Studies, Chair of Media and Communication at the University of Tartu. Her research interests lie in cultural […]

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Marios Hatzopoulos

Marios Hatzopoulos
Marios Hatzopoulos is a researcher at the Research Centre for Modern History (KENI) at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences Athens, Greece. As a former student of Anthony D. Smith and historian, he specializes on nationalism and national identities in SE Europe. He is interested in Modern Greek and Ottoman history, nationalism and […]

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Mark Anthony Camilleri

Mark Anthony Camilleri
Dr. Mark Anthony Camilleri is a resident academic lecturer in the Department of Corporate Communication. He lectures in an international Masters program run by the University of Malta in collaboration with King’s College, University of London. Mark specializes in marketing communications, research, and evaluation. He finalized his Ph.D. (Management) in three years’ time at the […]

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Massimo Leone

Massimo Leone
Massimo Leone is a Professor of Semiotics, Cultural Semiotics, and Visual Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Siena, and holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity […]

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Mathias Persson

Mathias Persson
Mathias Persson holds a doctoral degree in history of science and ideas from Uppsala University. His dissertation, published in 2009, explores how Sweden was imagined in a major German review journal, Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen, during the latter half of the eighteenth century. Persson has since returned to the topic of how German eighteenth-century […]

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Matthew Dentith

Matthew Dentith
Matthew R. X. Dentith (or M) received their Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Auckland, where they wrote their dissertation on the epistemology of conspiracy theories. The author of the first single-author book on conspiracy theories by a philosopher (The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), their current research interest is in developing a framework […]

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Maurus Reinkowski

Maurus Reinkowski
Maurus Reinkowski is a Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland. His field of specialization is the history of the late Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. Amongst other subjects, he has published on the early beginnings of the Israel-Palestine conflict, nationalism, and minorities […]

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Michael Wood

Michael Wood
Mike Wood is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Winchester. He studies the psychological factors underlying both general and specific conspiracy beliefs, with a particular focus on how conspiracy theories spread via online communication.

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Michał Bilewicz

Michał Bilewicz
Michał Bilewicz (Ph.D., University of Warsaw) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Warsaw, Poland, where he chairs the Center for Research on Prejudice. Previously, he was a Fulbright scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York and DAAD post-doctoral fellow at the University of Jena in Germany. His […]

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Mitja Velikonja

Mitja Velikonja
Dr. Mitja Velikonja is a Professor for Cultural Studies and head of the Center for Cultural and Religious Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Main areas of his research include Central-European and Balkan political ideologies, subcultures and graffiti culture, collective memory, and post-socialist nostalgia. His last monograph in English language is Rock’n’Retro – New […]

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Nahuel Ribke

Nahuel Ribke
Nahuel Ribke is a communication and cultural studies scholar at the Tel Aviv University and Seminar Hakibutzim College. He is committed to studying the relationships among media industries, political institutions, and cultural practices. His doctoral thesis examines the emergence and expansion of Globo Television Network during the military regime in Brazil (1964-1985) through the complex […]

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Nataša Mišković

Nataša Mišković
Nataša Mišković is SNSF Professor at the Middle Eastern Studies, University of Basel. Her research focuses on the shared history of the Balkans and the Middle East. In the last decade, she has researched extensively on the visual history of Yugoslavia and Turkey, and on Yugoslav foreign policy and the Non-aligned movement. She is currently […]

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Nebojša Blanuša

Nebojša Blanuša
Nebojša Blanuša teaches Social and Political Psychology and Theories of Nationalism at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he is currently chair of the Department of Croatian politics. He is a member of the FP7 project Social Performance, Cultural Trauma and Reestablishing Solid Sovereignties (SPECTRESS), dealing with the formation of conspiracy […]

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Nikola Karasová

Nikola Karasová
Nikola Karasová is a Ph.D. candidate in Contemporary History at the Institute of Social Sciences, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). She specializes in modern Greek politics with an emphasis on post-conflict transition, extremism, and populism and published several articles related to these issues. She is interested in studying conspiracy theories that emerged in the public […]

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Nils Bubandt

Nils Bubandt
Nils Bubandt is a  Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Ethnos.  He is author of Democracy, Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia (Routledge, 2014) which analyses politics and corruption discourses in Indonesia in light of widespread beliefs in (as well as disbelief about) the reality of spirits, […]

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Olivier Klein

Olivier Klein
Olivier Klein is a Professor of Social Psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. His research interests include collective memory, gender, social stereotypes, and intergroup relations. His work on conspiracy theories relates mainly to the cognitive factors involved in belief and disbelief in information conveyed by the media.

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Onoriu Colăcel

Onoriu Colăcel
Onoriu Colăcel is a Lecturer in English at Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania. His main research interests are concerned with cultural memory and patterns of self-identification in literature, media, and popular culture.

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Pascal Girard

Pascal Girard
Pascal Girard is an associate research fellow at the Lorraine University (Nancy-Metz). His research on post-war political history focuses on the spread and the impact of Manichean representations (conspiracy theory, treason). He also works on domestic political violence (communist party, far-right, trade unions) and, particularly, investigates the link between radical politics, Manichean discourse, and the […]

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Philip Habel

Philip Habel
Dr. Habel’s work is in the area of political communication and public opinion. In 2013, he published “The Implications of Fictional Media for Political Beliefs” in American Politics Research, which investigates the consequences of fictional, entertainment media for belief in conspiracy theories. He remains interested in the media’s influence on conspiracy beliefs, including recent work […]

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Pia Lamberty

Pia Lamberty
Pia Lamberty, MSc, is currently working as a Ph.D. student at the department of social and legal Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Her main interests – and major research lines – are located in two subject areas: conspiracy mentality and psychological reactions to terrorist attacks. She aims to get a better understanding of how […]

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Pranvera Tika

Pranvera Tika
Pranvera Tika is a Political Scientist. Her main academic and research interests include the broad spectrum of the processes of democratization in the Balkans, right-wing extremism in Europe and in the Balkans, populism, comparative politics, Euroscepticism, Antisemitism, conspiracy theories, social movements, political parties, and globalization. She is completing her Ph.D. thesis at Panteion University in […]

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Raluca Radu

Raluca Radu
Raluca Radu is an associate professor at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania. She is the Director of the Journalism Department and teaches public communication ethics and media economy at bachelor, masters, and doctoral level. Dr. Radu is the coordinator of the Romanian branch of the European Journalism Observatory and […]

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Roland Imhoff

Roland Imhoff
Prof. Dr. Roland Imhoff is interested in the role of what is labeled ‘conspiracy mentality’ in intergroup and interindividual attitudes and behavior. Based on the by now well established finding that people systematically differ in their general degree to either accept or reject diverse conspiracy theories and Moscovici’s terminology of a ‘conspiracy mentality’, he has […]

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Rumena Bužarovska

Rumena Bužarovska
Rumena Bužarovska is an associate professor of American literature at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. She is the author of a study on humor in contemporary American and Macedonian short fiction (What’s Funny: Theories Of Humor Applied To The Short Story) and three short story collections (Scribbles, Wisdom Tooth and My Husband). […]

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Silvia Mari

Silvia Mari
Silvia Mari is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, where she currently teaches Attitudes and Opinions and Community Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Padova (2006). She is interested in the effect of the internet and social media use on political […]

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Simona Stano

Simona Stano
Simona Stano is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Turin and Senior Researcher at the International Semiotics Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Sciences of Language and Communication from the University of Turin (UNITO, Italy) and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the University of Lugano (USI, Switzerland). Dr. Stano deals mainly with semiotics of […]

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Stef Aupers

Stef Aupers
Stef Aupers is a cultural sociologist and works as professor of media culture at the Institute for Media Studies, Communication Sciences at Leuven University in Belgium. His work deals mostly with religion, spirituality, and re-enchantment in (post)secular Western societies. He supervised the NWO research project Conspiracy Culture in the Netherlands: Modernity and Its Cultural Discontents […]

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Sylvain Delouvée

Sylvain Delouvée
Sylvain Delouvée holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (Paris 5 University), and is currently an Associate professor (HDR) in Rennes 2 University (France). Formerly vice-president of his University, his research topics are focused on collective beliefs and social thought. He is particularly interested in behaviors and conduct known as irrational through conspiracy theories and rumours, […]

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Sylvie Graf

Sylvie Graf
Dr. Sylvie Graf is Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland, and a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Sciences. Her area of expertise is the psychology of intergroup relations – she has pursued research on language, media influence, social cognition, and intergroup contact.

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Tamás Scheibner

Tamás Scheibner
Tamás Scheibner is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies and Hungarian Literature at Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest (ELTE). He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute of History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature (ELTE, 2012), and MA degrees in History from the Central […]

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Tanjev Schultz

Tanjev Schultz
Tanjev Schultz is a Full Professor of Journalism at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. For more than ten years he worked as an editor and reporter for “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”, Germany’s largest quality daily newspaper located in Munich. His journalistic work has won several prizes and focused on politics, education, extremism, terrorism, and security […]

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Todor Hristov

Todor Hristov
Todor Hristov teaches critical theory and cultural studies at the University of Sofia, and sociology at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He has published six books on governmentality, social movements, and cultural studies as well as a number of papers on biopolitics, governmentality, critical political economy, new social movements, sociology of knowledge, and critical theory. […]

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Tomas Balkelis

Tomas Balkelis
Dr. Tomas Balkelis is a senior research fellow at the Lithuanian Institute of History in Vilnius. He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Toronto in 2004. He worked at the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham. During 2016 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Throughout 2014-2016, he led a Lithuanian Research […]

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Türkay Salim Nefes

Türkay Salim Nefes
Dr. Türkay Salim Nefes is a Research Fellow at the Sociology Department of the University of Oxford. He is also a William Golding Junior Research Fellow at the Brasenose College of the University of Oxford. His main research interest is the diffusion and impacts of conspiracy theories. Türkay has published his work on conspiracy rhetoric […]

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Ute Caumanns

Ute Caumanns
Ute Caumanns is a lecturer at the Dept. of History and Cultures in Eastern Europe at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Germany). She teaches modern and contemporary Central-East European history, and Visual History in a comparative European perspective. She coedited two volumes on conspiracy theories: Verschwörungstheorien. Anthropologische Konstanten – historische Varianten (2001) and ‚Wer zog die Drähte?’ […]

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Veronique Campîon-Vincent

Veronique Campîon-Vincent
For thirty years Veronique Campion-Vincent has studied rumors and urban legends, adopting an anthropological approach. Co-author with Jean-Bruno Renard of three commented collections of urban legends in 1992, 2002, 2014, she has published in English on rumors of wild animal releases (“Viper-Release Stories: A Contemporary French Legend.” A Nest of Vipers. Perspectives on Contemporary Legend V, edited […]

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Viren Swami

Viren Swami
Viren Swami is a Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK and Director of the Centre for Psychological Medicine at Perdana University in Malaysia. His research on conspiracy theories is based in the disciplines of social and differential psychology, and is focused on understanding the antecedents and consequences of conspiracist ideation. […]

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Vladimir Bahna

Vladimir Bahna
Vladimir Bahna is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Ethnology at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. His research is centered around the cultural transmission of narratives (including CT) and religious beliefs within the framework of cognitive anthropology. In his study of conspiracy theories, he focuses on cognitive processes which underpin the adoption, preference, and […]

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Vladimir Turjačanin

Vladimir Turjačanin
Vladimir Turjačanin works as a professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His professional interests lie in the area of intergroup relations, ethnicity, nationalism, social identity, gender stereotypes, religious and ethnic prejudice, and political attitudes among youth. Among other publications, he published several books: Complex Social Identities […]

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Vlado Šakić

Vlado Šakić
Vlado Šakić has been a scientific advisor and Director of the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences (Croatia) since 1998. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb in 1991 and he received the State Prize for Science – area of humanities (for the book Croatian Diaspora) in 2005. His research is based in the […]

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Zuzana Panczová

Zuzana Panczová
Zuzana Panczová is a research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, where she also received her Ph.D. from. Her research interests lie in the study of narratives (rumors and conspiracy theories, contemporary legends, folk legends), stereotypes, discourse, and ideology. Currently, she is a member of several research projects including […]

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