Chip Berlet is senior analyst at Political Research Associates near Boston. For over 25 years he has written about civil liberties, social justice, right-wing groups, prejudice, systems of oppression, and scapegoating. He is co-author (with Matthew N. Lyons) of Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort and is editor of Eyes Right! Challenging the Right Wing Backlash, both of which received a Gustavus Myers Center Award for outstanding scholarship on the subject of human rights and bigotry in North America.
As a teenager in the 1960s, Berlet joined the civil rights movement and helped run a church-based coffee house in suburban New Jersey. Later he was active in the movement against the Vietnam War. He dropped out of college to work in the underground and alternative press and served on the board of the Underground Press Syndicate. In recent years Berlet has written scholarly articles on right-wing social movements, apocalypticism, and neofascism. He is on the board of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation and on the advisory board of the Center for Millennial Studies.
A fierce critic of the conspiracist worldview, Berlet has been called a CIA agent and MK-ULTRA operative by conspiracy theorists. (Incidentally, he denies it).
Berlet's byline has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Boston Globe to The Progressive and Amnesty Now. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, the NBC Today Show, NPR's All Things Considered, Democracy Now, and many other radio and television programs.