Cas Mudde was born in the Netherlands, where he gained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Leiden University, under the supervision of the late Peter Mair. Before moving to the US in 2008, to join his wife, he held tenure-track positions at Central European University (Hungary), the University of Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Before coming to UGA in 2012, he held temporary positions at the University of Oregon, University of Notre Dame, and DePauw University. Previously he has also held visiting positions at Charles University (Czech Republic), Academia Istropolitana (Slovakia), James I University (Spain), Malmo University (Sweden), Cornell University, and Rutgers University (US). He is currently co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research.
Ph.D., University of Leiden 1998, Political Science
M.A., University of Leiden 1993, Political Science
Extremism & Democracy
Contentious Politics / Political Protest
Mudde was the first chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and the co-founder of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy and the Routledge Studies in Extremism & Democracy. His research agenda aims to address the question: how can liberal democracies defend themselves against political challenges without undermining their core values? He is currently working on various topics, most notably so-called 'ecoterrorism' and state responses, the far right in western democracies, Islamophobia, the Israeli settler movement, and populism around the world.
Professor Mudde is an expert on European politics and the foremost scholar on the far right in western democracies. His book Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2007) won the Stein Rokkan Prize in 2008 and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice. He has published widely on topics such as (un)civil society, democratization, Euroskepticism, extremism and democracy, political parties, and populism. His prime geographical regions of expertise are Europe, both East and West, and North America. His most recent book publications include the readers Youth and the Extreme RIght (IDEBATE, 2014) and Political Extremism (SAGE, 2014, 4 Volumes), and the co-edited volume Populism in Europe and the Americas: Threat or Corrective for Democracy? (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Since 2013 he has been editor of the IPSA Committee on Concepts & Methods (C&M) Working Paper series on Political Concepts and on Political Methodology. In July 2015 he will become co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research (EJPR), the flagship journal of the European Consortium for Political Research, ranked 8/156 in political science journals (IF = 2.152). Professor Mudde also serves on the editorial board of several journals, including Acta Politica, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, Politics in Central Europe, and Politics, Religion & Ideology.
He is current working on two new books. Together with Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser he is writing Populism: A Very Short Introduction for Oxford University Press (planned publication in 2016). This book will bring together the most important insights of their writings on populism and democracy and present an original theoretical framework for the study of populism and the various phases of (de-)democratization. Together with Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler he is writing The Israeli Settler Movement: Assessing and Explaining Social Movement Success for Cambridge University Press. This will be the first systematic empirical study of the contemporary Israeli settlers as a social movement and of their impact on Israeli politics and society. It will also develop a more general theoretical framework for the study of the political success of social movements. Finally, Professor Mudde is working on several projects related to the far right in Europe, including a review article for Comparative Political Studies (2016), The Contemporary Far Right: A Reader for Routledge (2016), and a revised and updated version of Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe for Cambridge University Press (2017).
Professor Mudde has been invited to speak at many academic and non-academic meetings worldwide, including at the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and the World Foresight Forum. He is regularly consulted on issues of extremism and democracy by state and non-state organizations, such as the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, Council of Europe, Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy, Migration Policy Institute, Open Society Institute, Public Safety Canada, Southern Poverty Law Center, Swedish Prime Minister’s Office, and the US Helsinki Commission. He has appeared on radio and tv (e.g. ARD, BBC, NPR) and is regularly interviewed and quoted by the national and international media (e.g. BBC, CNN, The Economist, Haaretz, Reuters, Der Spiegel, Washington Times) and regularly contributes op-eds to international media (e.g. Guardian, Open Democracy and Washington Post).
• Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (2015) by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
• Stein Rokkan Lecture (2012), ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Antwerp.
• Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research (2008) by the ECPR, ISSC & University of Bergen.
• Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2008).
• Luigi Einaudi Chair in European and International Studies, Cornell Institute for European Studies, Cornell University (October 2010).
• Willy Brandt Guest Professor, School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), Malmö University, April-May 2007.
• Fulbright EU Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Comparative European Studies, Rutgers University, January-June 2006.
Center for Right-Wing Studies, University of California, Berkeley - Affiliated Scholar
INTL 4305 Comparative Public Opinion and Political Participation
INTL 4330 Post-Industrial Democracies
INTL 4335 Far Right Politics in Western Democracies
INTL 4660 Film, Politics and Literature
INTL 8500 Qualitative Methods in International Affairs
INTL 4640 European Union
INTL 4390 East and South European Politics
At UGA I am currently the chair of the PhD committee of Jennifer Inglett and a member of the PhD committees of Jennifer White.
- Comparative European Politics
- Extremism & Democracy
- Political Parties & Social Movements
- Football & Politics ('Soccer')
Mudde's full list of publications includes 2 single-authored books, 6 edited volumes, 2 readers, 2 special issues/mini-symposiums, ca. 40 refereed journal articles, ca. 60 non-refereed journal articles and book chapters, and some 80 articles in non-academic magazines and newspapers. My work has been published in 19 languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish. Most publications can be downloaded here.
My most recent publications include.
- Youth and the Extreme RIght. New York: IDEBATE, 2014, 224 pp.
- "How Populist Are the People? Measuring Populist Attitudes in Voters", Comparative Political Studies, Vol.47, No.9, 2014, pp.1324-1353.
- "'Ecoterrorism': Terrorirst Threat or Political Plot?” (with Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler), Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol.37, No.7, 2014, pp.586-603.
- "Fighting the System? Populist Radical Right Parties and Party System Change", Party Politics, Vol.20, No.2, 2014, pp.217-226.
- Political Extremism, 4 Volumes, London, etc.: SAGE, 2014, 1576 pp.
- "Rechtsaußen, die Große Rezession und die Europawahlen 2014", Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, No.12, 2014, pp.9-17.
- "The Far Right and the European Elections", Current History, Vol., No., 2014, pp.98-103.