Erik Love

Erik Love

Erik Love


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Erik Love, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of sociology at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. His research centers on race and civil rights advocacy in the United States. His first book, Islamophobia and Racism in America (New York University Press, 2017), looks at Islamophobia as a form of racism and the shortcomings of relying on civil rights protections to correct this problem. After receiving his doctorate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011, Erik was appointed to his position at Dickinson College in Sociology and served as Chair of Middle East Studies. His work has received support from a number of institutions including the National Science Foundation and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference.


MA, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Areas of Expertise

  1. Race and Racism
  2. Civil Rights Advocacy
  3. Islamophobia
  4. Muslims in the West
  5. U.S. Politics
  6. American Muslims
  7. Arab Americans


  • Throughout his campaign and since becoming president, Donald Trump has embarrassed himself and the United States with his outrageous reactions to terrorist attacks. He has frequently used attacks to justify his “travel ban,” even though no terrorist attacks have been carried out by Muslim-American immigrants...

  • No matter who is eventually found and brought to justice for the odious attack in Boston, the rush to blame “the Muslims” fits a longstanding and disturbing pattern after attacks like this one. Although there have been very few terrorist attacks in the US carried...

  • There has been a sudden uptick in the number of violent hate crimes where the victims are thought to be Muslim or “Middle Eastern”. Sunando Sen, a Hindu man originally from India, was shoved in front of an oncoming subway train in New York City, where he...

  • President Obama is a Christian. The persistent belief that he is a Muslim highlights the significance of Islamophobia in the United States today. The implication, of course, is that a Muslim should not be President. Remarkably, this false belief remained widespread even after former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin...

  • The problem with the NYPD’s wanton disregard for the principle of equal protection is that all US citizens are affected by the harmful discrimination. People of colour – including Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans – have borne the brunt of the NYPD’s Islamophobic policies,...

  • A new report out today from New York University School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) describes how American counterterrorism efforts have singled out Muslim Americans by “sending paid, trained informants into mosques and Muslim communities.” The report finds that some...

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