Центр изучения экстремизма и радикализма
BÀRBARA MOLAS, Ph.D.
AREA OF EXPERTISE
2014 – Present: Far-Right Ideology and Radicalization (1930s-today), with a focus on Canada and Western Europe.
2021 Postdoc. Researcher. Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society – University of New Brunswick.
- Project title: “Investigating the Relationship between COVID-19 and the Escalation Towards Politically-Motivated Extremist Violence in Canada” (Sociology Dpt.)
2020 – Present Freelance Researcher and Analyst. Academic Consulting Services, Ltd., which provides world-leading expertise on the radical right in Britain and abroad.
2020 – Present Head of Publishing (HofP). Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. University of Leeds (England). CARR belongs to the advisory board of Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT).
2020 – Present Lecturer. York University, History Department.
2021 Certificate in Terrorism Studies. Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. University of St. Andrews (Scotland).
- Area of Focus: Psychology and Ideologies of Terrorism; Radicalisation, Counter-radicalisation & De-radicalization.
2017 – June 2021 Ph.D. in History. York University, Toronto (Canada).
- Dissertation title and focus: “Defining Supremacy: Walter J. Bossy and the Conceptual Origins of the Canadian ‘Third Force’ (1931-1972)”. A historical account of far-right radicalization and ideas on Canadian cultural integration.
2016 M.A. in World History. Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona (Spain) and Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).
2015 Certificate in Comparative and Transnational History Theories, Methodology and Case Studies. European University Institute in Florence (Italy).
2013 B.A. in Journalism. Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain).
PART-TIME & HELD POSITIONS
2021 Facebook Inc., Dangerous Organizations Unit, Freelance Analyst.
- Focus: Extremist discourse online and ‘outlinking’.
2021 European Commission, Freelance Researcher. In coordination with CARR, the Weizenbaum Institute, and the European University Institute.
- Project: Proscribed Right-wing Extremist Organisations (PREOs) in Europe.
2021 CARR peer-reviewed Research Insight Series Managing Editor.
- Task: select research papers and oversee its editing and publication process with editors Hans-George Betz and Bharath Ganesh (Advisory Board: Maureen Eger, Aristotle Kallis, Megan Squire, and Ruth Wodak).
2021 Academic Consulting Services for the United Kingdom Home Office Counterterrorism Unit Freelance Researcher.
- Focus: youth and right-wing extremism and terrorism in Britain.
- Task: transcribing interviews with experts on youth and right-wing extremism and terrorism in Britain.
2020 – 2021 CARR Head of Doctoral Fellows.
- Task: review, select and edit insight pieces (700-1,500 words) on the global radical right to be published by Open Democracy, Fair Observer, Rantt, and
Fall 2020 European Centre for the Development of Democracy, Freelance Researcher.
- Project: Internet platform for studying Xenophobia, Radicalism and Problems of Intercultural Communication.
- Task: elaborate a report on discriminatory legislation and hate crimes in Canada; offer recommendations for public safety and human rights observance.
Fall 2020 Academic Consulting Services for the United Kingdom Home Office Counterterrorism Unit, Freelance Analyst.
- Focus: extremism and COVID-19 in England and Wales.
- Task: gathering data and building datasets on extremism and extremist influencers in Britain since 1 January 2020.
2020 Trent University Research Assistant, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC).
- Project: Museums and Sites of Memory of European Political and Social Violence.
- Task: building a database through digital mapping.
2020 York University-Trent University Research Assistant.
- Spanish Civil War Virtual Museum.
- Task: head of communications, media managing and promotion, open-source research, public engagement.
2019 – 2020 CARR Doctoral Fellow.
- Task: disseminating research on the radical right, past and present.
2018 – 2019 York University, Research Assistant.
- Project: The Many Worlds of Edwin Fox.
- Task: open-source research, transcription, and translation (Spanish and French to English).
2015 – 2016 European Observatory of Memories for the European Commission, Journalist.
- Task: research on twentieth-century extremism and memory.
Fall 2021 Course Director. York University.
- 03, The Spanish Civil War (online). See my video-lectures here.
Winter 2020/2021 Teacher Assistant. York University.
- HUMA1770, Historical and Cultural Perspectives of Globalization (online).
Fall 2020 Course Director. York University.
- 03, The Spanish Civil War (online). See my video-lectures here.
2019 – 2020 Teacher Assistant. York University.
- HIST1083 6.0A, Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Americas, 1820-1980.
2017 – 2018 Teacher Assistant. York University.
- HUMA1720, The Roots of Western Culture.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
In Preparation: Molas, B. Johnson, B. (2022), “Outlinking: The Successes of the New Far-Right Recruitment Strategy on Social Media (2019-2021)”.
Under Review: Molas, B. (2021), “The Classocracy League of Canada: A Fascist Form of Multiculturalism?”, Fascism. Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies.
Molas, B. (2020), “Transnational Francoism: The British and the Canadian Friends of National Spain (1930s-1950s)”, Contemporary British History. DOI: 10.1080/13619462.2020.1802248.
Under Review: Molas, B. (2022) “The Far-Right Origins of Multiculturalism: Nation-Building and White Supremacism in Modern Canada (1931-1972)”, Routledge Fascism and the Far Right series.
Forthcoming: Bar-On, T.; Molas, B. (eds.), The Right and the Radical Right in the Americas: Ideological Currents from Interwar Canada to Contemporary Chile (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).
Bar-On, T.; Molas, B. (eds.), Responses to COVID-19 by the Radical Right: Scapegoating, Conspiracy Theories and New Narratives (Columbia University Press, 2020). Preface by Cas Mudde.
Forthcoming: Molas, B. “The Canadian Immigrant Experience and the History of Concepts”, in Roberto Perin and Abril Liberatori, Edited Collection in honour of Gabriele Scardellato (2022).
Forthcoming: Molas, B. “White Multiculturalism: An Interwar Far-Right Approach to Canadian Ethnic Integration”, in Bàrbara Molas and Tamir Bar-On, eds., The Right and the Radical Right in the Americas (US: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).
Molas, B. “When Ethnic Minorities Vote for Right-Wing Populism”, in Eviane Leidig, ed., The Radical Right During Crisis (ibidem-Verlag Press, 2021).
Aguilera-Carnerero, C.; Molas, B. “The Spanish Far Right, COVID-19 and the ‘Socio-Communism’”, in Bar-On, T.; Molas, B. (eds.), Responses to COVID-19 by the Radical Right (ibidem / Columbia University Press, 2020).
Molas, B. “Canada and the ‘Yellow Conspiracy’ Amidst COVID-19”, in Bar-On, T.; Molas, B. (eds.), Responses to COVID-19 by the Radical Right (ibidem / Columbia University Press, 2020).
Molas. B. “Christian Europe and the Normalization of the Radical Right”, in Eviane Leidig (ed.), Mainstreaming the Global Radical Right (ibidem-Verlag Press, 2020), pp. 91-93.
Molas, B. “Rodolfo Llopis en la Unión Soviética. Aprendiendo la revolución (1928)” [Rodolfo Llopis in the Soviet Union. Learning the revolution (1928)], in Josep Pich (ed.), Viajeros españoles en el país de los soviets (Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra, 2019), pp. 315-325.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS, WORKS & REPORTS
In Preparation: Aguilera-Carnerero, C.; Molas, B. “Proscription of Far-Right Groups in Spain”.
In Preparation: Molas, B. “Reddit’s Image Hosting Service and the Dangers of Outlinking”, Global Network on Extremism and Technology.
Forthcoming (September 2021): Molas, B.; “Great Britain vs. Sir Oswald Mosley: The Enemy Within?”, Gale. A Cengage Company: Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century.
Molas, B. “Are Autistic People Now at Greater Risk of Radicalization than Ever?”, Rantt Media, 8 July 2021.
Molas, B.; Volk. Sabine. “Transatlantic Islamophobia: PEGIDA before and during the pandemic”, Open Democracy, June 2021.
Molas, B.; Johnson, Bethan. (Proposed Report). Outlinking and the use of Facebook as a gateway for extremism. Facebook’s Counterterrorism and Dangerous Organizations Policy unit, April 2021.
Molas, B. "Pandemic Poses Radicalization Risks for Children", Rantt Media, 8 April 2021.
Molas, B.; Dizboni, A. (Report). “Canada 2018-2020: A Report on Discrimination Against Minorities and Hate Crimes”, in Xenophobia, Radicalism and Hate Crime in the OSCE Area 2018-2020. European Centre for Democracy, December 2020.
Molas, B. “March to Unmask: Canada’s Anti-mask Movement Demands Liberty”, Fair Observer, 12 November 2020.
Molas, B.; Allchorn, W. CARR Online Security Guide: Researching and Counteracting the Radical Right, Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, September 2020.
Molas, B. “Canada and the ‘Yellow Peril’ Amidst COVID-19”, Rantt Media, 24 June 2020.
Molas, B. “The Spanish Far Right, COVID-19 and the ‘socio-communism’”, Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, 17 April 2020.
Molas, B. “When Ethnic Minorities Vote for Right-Wing Populism”, Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, 14 January 2020.
Molas, B. “Right Roads to ‘Pluralism’”, Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, 16 October 2019.
Molas, B. “‘Christian Europe’ and the Normalization of the Radical Right”, Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, 8 August 2019.
Molas, B.; Shubert, A. “The Politicization of History in Spain”, Active History, 12 April 2019.
Molas, B.; Shubert, A. “Catalan election: We’re back where we started”, The Globe and Mail, 22 December 2017.
Molas, B. “Cel Roig a l’Espanya Republicana”, Ab Origine Magazine, October 2016.
PEER-REVIEWED BOOK REVIEWS
Molas, B. “Collectives in the Spanish Revolution”, Gaston Leval (2018, PM Press), Left History Journal (Winter 2019/2020), pp. 116-118.
2020 Reviewer (peer-reviewed process). Journal of Church and State (Oxford Academic). Key words: Church-State relations, Opus Dei, Francoism.
2020 Reviewer (peer-reviewed process). Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (John Hopkins University Press). Key words: international Francoism, Catholicism, United States.
OTHER EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE
2019 Assistant Editor. Boyd Cothran, Joan Judge, and Adrian Shubert (eds.), Women Warriors and National Heroes (UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).
2018 Assistant Editor. Alison Ribeiro, Antonio Cazorla, and Adrian Shubert (eds.), Public Humanities and the Spanish Civil War : Connected and Contested Histories (UK: Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict, 2018).
SELECTED RESEARCH LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
2021 Centre for the Study of Nationalism (University of Copenhagen). “COVID-19 and Nationalism”. Guest lecturer.
2020 Oxford University. Invited lecturer. “Transnational Francoism: the British and the Canadian Friends of National Spain”. Seminar series organized by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Oxford University (TORCH) and Stanford University. Watch the lecture here.
2020 Central European University. Research lecturer. “The Classocracy League of Canada: A Fascist Theorisation of Canadian Multiculturalism”. COMFAS.
2020 University of California Berkeley. Research lecturer. “The Far-Right Conceptual Origins of Multiculturalism”, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies and the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism.
2019 York University. Guest lecturer. “The rise of the extreme right in Quebec”, AP/HIST 3520 3.0A The History of Quebec since 1867.
2019 European University Institute. Research lecturer. “Franco’s European Friends: a transnational history of postwar European right-wing cooperation”, Third Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration.
2019 Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Research lecturer. “God’s Red Baiters: Transnational Anti-communism in Quebec and Spain (1930s-1950s)”, ASPHS 50th Annual Conference (Barcelona).
2015 European University Institute. Research lecturer. “Kerensky’s Spain: the impact of the Russian revolution on conservatist Spain (1931-1932)”, Summer School in Comparative and Transnational History.
2021 Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE). Regarding the publication by CARR of fact sheets on key individuals of the American far right with: Mark Potok, Rick Swartz, and Heidi Beirich.
2021 Richmond, the American International University in London – CARR. Regarding the Master’s Degree in Security, Terrorism and Radical-Right Extremism.
2020 University of North Carolina. Regarding the University of North Carolina’s dataset on Racially and Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism (REMVE) and Targeted Violence Arrests (TVA) in the United States.
2021 GloboNews (Brazil). Documentary on the far right and conspiracy theories in the context of COVID-19.
2020 TRT World - Sky channel 516 (Great Britain). ‘COVID-19: Are the Far Right Exploiting the Pandemic?’. Watch the roundtable here.
2021 Right Rising. “What is ‘White Multiculturalism’?”. Listen to the podcast episode here.
2020 TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) podcast. ‘Transnational Francoism’. Listen to the podcast episode here.
- NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES
2021 New Statesman. Harry Clarke, “How the Far Right is Radicalising British Children”, June 9, 2021.
2019 Sàpiens. Arnau Cònsul, “La Universitat a Debat”, August 2019, pp. 10-15.
2018 Revue L’Esprit Libre. Jean Patrak, “Le petit triomphe de la mémoire catalane”, Angles Morts Internationaux, Revue L’Esprit Libre.
- ACADEMIA & RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
2021 CARR Recruitment. Interviewing Candidates for Internships.
2021 CARR Intern Trainer. Researching and publishing on the radical right.
2021 Faculty Selection Committee Member. History Department, York University (tenured position).
2021 Head of the Selection Committee for CARR Doctoral Fellows for 2021/2023.
2021 Ideology Research Unit (CARR). “Ideology and the Radical Right”. Read the interview here.
2020 Co-Founder. CARR Research Units: clusters of junior and senior researchers of the radical right organized by area of focus.
2020 Monthly Discussant. Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies. Right-Wing Studies Virtual Working Group Meeting Sessions.
2020 Moderator. “The Far Right in Twentieth-Century Alberta”. New Frontiers Conference, York University.
2019 – 2020 Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee. New Frontiers Conference. York University, Toronto.
SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS
2021/2023 Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (Post-Doctorate) (C$91,085)
2020/2021 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (PhD, Research Assistantship) (C$15,000)
2020 SPR 2020 Research/Fieldwork Cost Fund Competition (PhD) (C$1,900).
2019 John F. Bosher Fellowship in French History (PhD) (C$2,387).
2019 Albert Tucker Award in British History (PhD) (C$2,400).
2019 Ramsay Cook Bursary in Canadian History (PhD) (C$3,500).
2017 – 2021 Ontario Trillium Scholarship (PhD) (C$40,000/year).
2014 – 2015 ERASMUS+, and MOBINT2015 (MA) (€3,000).
- Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET)
- The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Oxford University (TORCH).
- Berkeley Centre For Right-Wing Studies (CRWS).
- Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR).
- World Association of International Studies (WAIS).
- Grup de Recerca en Estats, Nacions i Sobiranies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (GRENS).
- Groupe de Recherche sur le Canada francophone, Canada Francophile et les Études sur le Canada en français.
- Mother Tongue: Catalan.
- Proficiency: English (CPE, 2016), Spanish.
- Intermediate: French (B1).
- Beginner: Italian, German.
- Canada (Permanent Resident)
- Spain (EU - Citizen)