Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab


Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab



PERIL brings the resources and expertise of the university sector to bear on the pressing problem of growing youth polarization and extremist radicalization. Through partnerships, funded research and evaluations, and out-of-the-box design thinking, PERIL empirically tests scalable research, intervention, and public education ideas to reduce rising polarization and hate. What works best to increase youth empathy and cross-cultural understanding? How can media literacy training be made more effective? What intervention approaches work best with youth or with parents, teachers, college advisors and other adults to reduce radicalization and build resilience to extremist narratives? These and other questions are at the heart of PERIL’s work across the ideological spectrum. We connect innovative academic expertise with the public.

Extremely, The Podcast

Extremely is a podcast for anyone that wants to understand and interrupt modern hate and extremism.

'The Boogaloo Ballad Of Henry Graves'

Animated Video on Disinformation and Anti-Government Extremism (in partnership with the Bertelsmann Foundation).

The Racial Equity & Interfaith Cooperation Awards

Thanks to the generosity of IFYC and the hard work of Melil Criezis, additional funding was awarded through their We Are All Eachother’s Fund.

Risk, Resilience, and Online Radicalization: Parent and Caregivers’ Toolkit for the COVID-19 Era

This guide offers parents and caregivers strategies and tips to recognize the warning signs of youth radicalization as well as new risks in the COVID-19 era, understand the drivers and grievances that create susceptibility to extremist rhetoric, and intervene more effectively.

Research Project

Current externally-funded research projects include several tests of video-based inoculation interventions. PERIL is testing interventions against scientific racism, male supremacy, and vaccine hesitancy.

Other Projects in Development

PERIL collaborates with a wide range of partners to test existing interventions, design new interventions, and communicate what we know based on empirical research to a wide range of audiences, including developing tools for parents, caregivers, teachers and university communities, mental health practitioners, and coaches and other adults who work with youth.

Preventing Radicalization

More on PERIL’s partnership with SPLC. Photo by Dan Chung.

Uniting for Total Collapse: The January 6 Boost to Accelerationism

A startling look at violent hate groups

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A contagion and ideology report

Presented by Rutgers Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience and in partnership with NCRI.

The Christchurch Attack Report

Contributions from Graduate Student Fellow, Chelsea Daymon.

Parent and Caregivers Guide

This guide was created in collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).


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Our Partners

PERIL engages in a variety of partnerships and engagements with external funders and organizations. Current and previous partners include the Anti-Defamation League, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. PERIL is also a strategic partner with the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in Norway. We welcome inquiries about potential partnerships, collaborative work, or evaluations of existing work by other organizations. Our team includes a range of methodologists who are skilled in process and impact evaluations as well as a range of quantitative, experimental and qualitative methodologies.

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