George Joseph Michael
January 30, 1961
|Education||BS, MA, PhD (2002) in public policy|
|Alma mater||Widener University, Temple University, George Mason University|
|Employer||Westfield State University|
|Known for||Research regarding the American far-right|
|The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right|
|Awards||University of Virginia's Outstanding Research Award|
George Joseph Michael (born January 30, 1961) is an American professor at the criminal justice faculty of Westfield State University in Massachusetts, and previously served as associate professor of nuclear counterproliferation and deterrence theory at the Air War College  and as associate professor of political science and administration of justice at The University of Virginia's College at Wise. He studies right-wing extremism, including the relationship between militant Islam and the far right, and is the author of Confronting Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA (2003), The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (2006), Willis Carto and the American Far Right (2008), Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator (2009), Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance (2012), and Extremism in America (editor) (2014). Professor Michael has also published research on SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and is the author of Preparing for Contact: When Humans and Extraterrestrials Finally Meet (2014).
Early life and education
Michael was born in 1961 and has a B.S. from Widener University and an M.A. from Temple University. He obtained his Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University in 2002, where he studied under Francis Fukuyama, with a thesis entitled "The U.S. Response to Domestic Right Wing Terrorism and Extremism: A Government and NGO Partnership."
Described by The Christian Science Monitor as a political extremism expert, he was awarded the University of Virginia's "Outstanding Research Award", awarded to a faculty member who "has contributed significantly to published research in his or her discipline".
In 2003, he authored Confronting Right-wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA, which discussed domestic terrorists and the threats they pose to U.S. "homeland security."
Political Science Quarterly reviewed his 2006 The Enemy of My Enemy, writing:
George Michael's The Enemy of My Enemy explores the connections and possibilities for cooperation between a threat of substantial contemporary interest to policymakers, intelligence analysts, and political scientists—militant Islamic movements like the al Qaeda organization (AQO)--and one that is, in many respects, an incipient one, Western right-wing extremism. The book provides a good overview of the historical and intellectual wellsprings of these two movements, but ultimately does not provide a case that would justify alarm.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of The Weekly Standard also reviewed it. He found it too long, yet lacking in analysis. But he noted its "in-depth study of the on-again, off-again love affair between radical Islam and the extreme right."
Michael says that post-9/11, underground radio stations that traffic in conspiracy theories and incite violence in the U.S. are under greater scrutiny as law enforcement has been given more power to prosecute such speech. He also says that the American Free Press newspaper is "the most important newspaper of the radical right." He notes that: "Traditionally, critique of the IRS has come from the right, such as the Christian Patriot movement, but sovereign citizen movements also invoke a lot of left-wing ideas like anti-capitalism that are consistent with the times and the downturn in the economy, where people may have property liens against them."
- Confronting Right Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA (Routledge, 2003, ISBN 0-415-31500-X).
- Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator (University Press of Florida, 2009, ISBN 0-8130-3350-0).
- The Enemy of my Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (University Press of Kansas, 2006).
- Willis Carto and the American far right, George Michael, University Press of Florida, 2008, ISBN 0-8130-3198-2, ISBN 978-0-8130-3198-9
- Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator, George Michael, ISBN 978-0-8130-3350-1 (2009)
- Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance, George Michael, Vanderbilt University Press, 2012, ISBN 9780826518552
- Extremism in America, George Michael (editor), University Press of Florida, 2014, ISBN 9780813061986
- Preparing for Contact: When Humans and Extraterrestrials Finally Meet, George Michael, RVP Press, 2014, ISBN 9781618613226
- "The Strategic Limits of Suicide Terrorism in Iraq", George Michael and Joseph Scolnick, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Volume 17, Issue 2, June 2006, pages 113–25
- "RAHOWA! A History of the World Church of the Creator", George Michael, Terrorism and Political Violence, Volume 18, Issue 4, December 2006, pages 561–83
- "Professor Kevin MacDonald's Critique of Judaism: Legitimate Scholarship or the Intellectualization of Anti-Semitism", Michael, George, Journal of Church & State, 2006
- "Deciphering Ahmadinejad's Holocaust Revisionism", George Michael, Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2007, pp. 11–18
- "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Sponsorship of Holocaust Denial", George Michael, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Volume 8, Issue 3 & 4, September 2007, pages 667–71
- "The Legend and Legacy of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi", George Michael, Defence Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2007, pages 338–57
- "A Continuum for Responding to the Extreme Right: A Comparison between the United States and Germany", George Michael and Michael Minkenberg, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Volume 30, Issue 12, December 2007, pages 1109-23
- "Michael Collins Piper: An American Far Right Emissary to the Islamic World", George Michael, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Volume 9, Issue 1, March 2008, pages 61–78
- "Riots, disasters and racism: impending racial cataclysm and the extreme right in the United States", George Michael; D. J. Mulloy, Patterns of Prejudice, Volume 42, Issue 4 & 5, September 2008, pages 465-87
- "David Lane and the Fourteen Words", George Michael, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2009, pages 43–61
- "A Review of: “Martin Durham, White Rage: The Extreme Right and American Politics", George Michael, Terrorism and Political Violence, Volume 21, Issue 2, April 2009, pages 341–43
- "The Ideological Evolution of Horst Mahler: The Far Left-Extreme Right Synthesis", George Michael, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Volume 32, Issue 4, April 2009, pages 346–66
- "Adam Gadahn and Al-Qaeda's Internet Strategy", George Michael, Middle East Policy, September 14, 2009, pages 135-52
- "Steven Emerson: Combating Radical Islam; Defeating Jihadist Terrorism", George Michael, Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2010, pp. 15–25
- "George Joseph Michael", Who's Who in America (70th ed.), 2016
- "Michael, George 1961- (George J. Michael)". Contemporary Authors. Gale. 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
- Michael, George. The New Media and the Rise of Exhortatory Terrorism. Strategic Studies Quarterly (USAF), Volume 7 Issue 1, Spring 2013
- MacDonald, Nancy (July 18, 2006). "To Heil with Muslims]". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- Amid harsh criticisms, 'tea party' slips into the mainstream, The Christian Science Monitor, April 3, 2010.
- Professor Kevin MacDonald's Critique of Judaism: Legitimate Scholarship or the Intellectualization of Anti-Semitism?, Britannica Online Encyclopedia, April 10, 2010.
- Confronting right-wing extremism and ... – Google Books. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
- "Guardians of the free Republics tied to Texas radio station / The Christian Science Monitor". April 2, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
- "Guardians of the free Republics looked to Gandhi, King, and Mandela / The Christian Science Monitor". April 3, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
- "UVA-Wise Faculty Received Harrison Awards", UVA-Wise Magazine, Faculty and Staff News, accessed April 19, 2010 Archived September 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- "Confronting Right-wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA. | Goliath Business News". February 1, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
- "The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (Book review)", Political Science Quarterly, March 22, 2007, accessed April 19, 2010
- "Strange Allies". The Weekly Standard. August 9, 2006. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
- "Biography by UVa-Wise professor George Michael profiles controversial Carto", UVA Wise College Relations, October 10, 2008, accessed April 19, 2010[dead link]
- "A Review of: George Michael. Theology of Hate. A History of the World Church of the Creator. – Terrorism and Political Violence". Informaworld.com. January 1, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
- HighBeam[dead link]
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- "The strategic perils of suicide terrorism" by George Michael, Star-Telegram, October 16, 2005.
- Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed (August 9, 2006), "Strange Allies – George Michael's "The Enemy of My Enemy" details the unlikely alliance between militant Islam and the extreme right", The Weekly Standard
- Durham, Martin (2007). "George Michael. The Enemy of My Enemy. The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right -- Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006. 397+viii pp; $34.95. ISBN 0-7006-1444-3". Terrorism and Political Violence. Routledge. 19 (3): 435–436. doi:10.1080/09546550701476000.
- Larson, Eric V. (2007). "George Michael, The Enemy of My Enemy – The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (Book Review)". Political Science Quarterly. Academy of Political Science. 122 (1): 159–160. doi:10.1002/j.1538-165x.2007.tb01595.x.
- Lerner, Saul (2008). "The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (review)". Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. Project MUSE Journals. 27 (1): 138–141. doi:10.1353/sho.0.0272.
- Weisenburger, Steven. "Confronting Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA (Book Review)[dead link], The Journal of Southern History, February 1, 2005, accessed April 19, 2010.