Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Patriotism, Dissent, and the Edge of Violence with Sam Jackson

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In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private-sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.

In today’s episode, we sit down with Sam Jackson, a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, to explore his investigations into the political philosophy and identity of the Patriot/militia movements in the United States. Tune in as he discusses how these groups use American political ideas and history to build political stories, aimed at the American public, that support their political identity and justify their political behavior.




Ph.D. Candidate | Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public


Sam Jackson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Science Doctoral Program at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He studies the contemporary Patriot/militia movement in the United States. He is working on a book-length study of the Oath Keepers that investigates the group’s use of American history and political ideas. More generally, he studies the ideas that domestic extremists use to justify law breaking and the public communication strategies that they use to portray themselves as mainstream.