Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Associate Professor of Education and Sociology, American University

Cynthia Miller-Idriss joins the ITEP faculty in August 2013 after having served on the faculty in the International Education Program at New York University since 2003, most recently as the Program Director. Professor Miller-Idriss earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and an MA in Sociology, an MPP in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. She has taught a wide range of courses on thematic and methodological issues in international and comparative education, including courses on culture, extremism and education, qualitative research methods, globalization and education, and empirical research methods. Professor Miller-Idriss' current research follows two main trajectories, focused on the internationalization of higher education in the U.S., and education and right-wing extremism in Germany. She is currently the principal investigator for a Spencer Foundation-funded research project in two schools in Berlin, Germany, as well as the lead evaluator on an assessment of Middle and Near Eastern Studies at New York University. She is the author of Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism, and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany (Duke University Press, 2009).


  • 2013–2015
    Associate Professor, American University
  • 2003–2013
    Assistant to Associate Professor, New York University