Academic Malfeasance: The Case of Christopher Bail

christopher-bail-wrote-terrified-bunkChristopher Bail, a rising academic star, boasts a Ph.D. from Harvard and holds the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professorship of Sociology at Duke University. In 2015, Princeton University Press published his Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream, which won the American Sociological Association’s 2016 Distinguished Book Award for the sociology of religion.

The blurb for Terrified summarizes what Princeton UP calls Bail’s “pioneering theoretical argument” in which he “traces how the anti-Muslim narrative of the political fringe has captivated large segments of the American media, government, and general public, validating the views of extremists who argue that the United States is at war with Islam and marginalizing mainstream Muslim-Americans who are uniquely positioned to discredit such claims.”

 

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