Chip Berlet is senior analyst at Political Research Associates near Boston. For over 25 years he has written about civil liberties, social justice, 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 books 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 was active in the civil rights and antiwar movements. Dropping out of college to work in the alternative press, he later served on the board of the Underground Press Syndicate. In recent years Berlet has written scholarly articles on right-wing social movements and neofascism. He not only can pronounce the phrase “apocalyptic pretribulationist premillennial dispensationalist evangelicalism,” but also can explain what it means. (It takes five minutes, though.) He nonetheless urges critics of the Christian right to show respect for their right to hold religious beliefs. He describes himself as a radical Christian who is “unchurched, but not uncouth.” A fierce critic of the conspiracist worldview, Berlet is regularly called a government agent 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.