Maxwell School

Michael Barkun

Professor Emeritus, Political Science


Contact Information

508 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-9339


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1965


Millenarian and utopian movements, radical right, terrorism


Religion and Politics
Counter-Terrorism & the Law 


Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America, University of California Press, 2003
Religion and the Racist Right, University of North Carolina Press, 1997
Crucible of the Millennium, Syracuse University Press, 1986
Disaster and the Millennium, Yale University Press, 1974
Law Without Sanctions, Yale University Press, 1968  

Research Interests

Millenarian and apocalyptic groups; political extremism; religiously-based violence; conspiracy theories.

Research Projects

"Religion, Secrecy, and National Security" -- the position of religious freedom in an era of religiously-driven terrorism, involving issues of privacy, religious community seclusion, and law enforcement practice.

"Terrorism and Doomsday" -- the relationship between terrorist aims and millennial beliefs, as well as the potential association of terrorism with "doomsday weapons" (WMD).

"The Contemporary Significance of The Protocols" -- the continued influence of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion a century after publication and more than eighty years after their exposure.  

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