I am a writer, parent, and archivist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A lot of my writings focus on right-wing political movements and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals, and the state. I address politics primarily in the United States but also in other parts of the world, especially Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. I write regularly for Three Way Fight, a radical anti-fascist blog, and my work has also appeared in New Politics, Upping the Anti, Z Magazine, The Progressive, and other publications. With Chip Berlet, I co-authored the book Right-Wing Populism in America (Guilford, 2000).
In March 2015 the German publisher Unrast Verlag published my book Arier, Patriarchen, Übermenschen (Aryans, Patriarchs, Supermen), which is a short overview of the U.S. far right. Information about this book is available here.
As a parent, I am very interested in how young people learn about history. You can find my writings on this topic on the blog History Matters for Kids, which Claire McGuire and I cofounded in 2013.
I am also a co-trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, which stewards the legacy of the writer and activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965).
Most of my writings listed on this website are available online; some through booksellers or libraries. If you are unable to locate a copy of something that interests you, feel free to contact me.
matthewnlyons [at] gmail [dot] com