Stern Discusses Capitol Rioters on All Things Considered

On February 9, 2021, Jessica Stern, Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, appeared on an episode of NPR’s All Things Considered, which covered an NPR investigation into arrests made following the January 6 siege of the United States Capitol. 

The episode, titled “The Capitol Siege: The Arrested And Their Stories,” explored the stories and trends behind the criminal cases related to the Capitol siege. Stern noted that, in her studies of other extremist groups, she recognizes the kind of person who stormed the Capitol and described what might have drawn some of those arrested to violent extreme.

As Stern says, “we often see this notion of a band of brothers. We often see people getting drawn into joining extremist groups at moments when they’re feeling confused about their identity or they’ve experienced a status loss.”

The full episode of All Things Considered can be listened to on NPR’s website. A transcript of the episode can also be found online.

Professor Jessica Stern is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She is the coauthor with J.M. Berger of ISIS: The State of Terror; and the author of Denial: A Memoir of TerrorTerror in the Name of GodWhy Religious Militants Kill; and The Ultimate Terrorists.  Learn more about Stern on her faculty profile.