“With insight and humor, Randy Blazak takes us where very few dare to go alone: inside the minds of racist skinheads in America's prisons. He's a reliable guide: you may be shaken, but you'll get home safely.”
- Michael Kimmel, PhD
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Executive Director, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities
About Randy Blazak
Randy Blazak’s scholarship on hate crimes and hate groups has made him a regular commentator in media outlets from NPR and CNN to BBC and Al Jazeera. Blazak earned his PhD at Emory University in 1995 after completing an extensive field study of racist skinheads that included undercover observations and interviews across the world. He became a tenured sociology professor at Portland State University and taught criminology classes at the University of Oregon. His work has taken him from classrooms to criminal trials. His research has been published in academic journals, books and in the mainstream press. His co-authored book, Teenage Renegades, Suburban Outlaws Wadsworth, 2001) and his edited volume, Hate Offenders (Praeger, 2009) have been widely adopted. Since 2002, he has been the chair of the Coalition Against Hate Crimes. He has worked with the National Institute of Justice and the Southern Poverty Law Center on hate crime research issues. Blazak regularly speaks at conferences, consults on criminal cases, and leads workshops on the topics of hate and bias.
New bias crime law signed by Governor
On September 16, 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed Oregon’s new bias crime bill, SB 577, into law. Dr. Blazak will serve as the vice-chair of the steering committee that will oversee its implementation.
Discussing the New Zealand attack
After a series of interviews about the Christchurch terrorist attack, Dr. Blazak reflects on the link between sociopathy and white supremacy.
CNN interview on synagogue attack
Dr. Blazak did several interviews with the mainstream media regarding the Pittsburgh synagogue attack and the rise in domestic terrorism events.
UK Exchange to study community responses to extremism.
Dr. Blazak took part in a 10 day trip to study community responses to violent extremism in Britain as part of an exchange sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.
Discussing gender and extremism in Abu Dhabi
Randy Blazak spoke at a United Nations workshop on the role of gender in countering violent extremism, April 16-18 in the United Arab Emirates.