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, Socialism and Democracy, and other publications.
I have written or co-authored the following books:
- With Chip Berlet, I co-authored Right-Wing Populism in America, published by Guilford Press in 2000. Additional resources related to this book are available here.
- I contributed the title essay to the book Ctrl-Alt-Delete: An Antifascist Report on the Alternative Right (Kersplebedeb Publishing, forthcoming February 2017). This essay is also available online from Political Research Associates, and is part of a broader study, titled Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire, which is due out from Kersplebedeb and PM Press in 2018.
- For those who read German, my book Arier, Patriarchen, Übermenschen: die extreme Rechte in den USA [Aryans, Patriarchs, Supermen: the Far Right in the USA] was published by Unrast Verlag in 2015. More information about this book is available here.
- The Grassroots Network: Radical Nonviolence in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1972-1985 was published by the Cornell University Center for International Studies in 1988, but is out of print.
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 and which was active 2013-14.
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