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Heidi Beirich

Former Intelligence Project Director

Heidi Beirich formerly led the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the award-winning Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog.

She is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist and neo-Confederate movements as well as racism in academia.

She oversaw the SPLC’s yearly count of the nation’s hate and hardline, anti-government groups and was a frequent contributor to the SPLC’s investigative reports and an oft-sought speaker at conferences on extremism. Before joining the SPLC staff in 1999, Beirich earned a doctorate in political science from Purdue University. She is the co-editor and author of several chapters of Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction, published by the University of Texas Press in 2008.