Randy Blazak earned his PhD. from Emory University in 1995 after an extensive field study of racist skinheads. He was an award-winning professor of sociology at Portland State University from 1995 to 2015. He has served as the chair of the Coalition Against Hate Crimes since 2002, which links community groups, local and federal law enforcement, government agencies to respond to and educate about the issue of hate crimes. Blazak is currently researching a book on racist prison gangs.