Brian Levin, J.D.

Director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University

Criminologist and attorney Brian Levin is a professor of criminal justice and Director of the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino where he specializes in the analysis of hate crime, domestic and international terrorism and related legal issues.

Previously, Professor Levin served as Associate Director-Legal Affairs of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Klanwatch/Militia Task Force in Montgomery, Alabama; an adjunct professor of constitutional law and as a corporate litigator for the law firm of Irell & Manella. He was also a New York City Police Officer in the Harlem and Washington Heights sections of Manhattan when crack related violence was prevalent during the 1980s.

Prof. Levin received his law degree from Stanford, where he received the Block Civil Liberties Award. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with honors and a BA in history. He is the author, editor or co-author of books, scholarly articles, training manuals, technical reports, U.S. Supreme Court briefs and studies on extremism and hate crime.

Prof. Levin has testified before Congress and state legislatures and makes frequent presentations at universities, international conferences, legal fora, civic group functions, and law enforcement training events. He is widely cited in top legal and social science journals and has appeared in major newspapers on six continents and on every network and most cable television evening news broadcasts as well as various network magazine programs including 60 Minutes and Dateline NBC.