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2012.01.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Professor Receives Guggenheim Grant

Omaha - A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor has received a prestigious grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for his work on hate groups in America.

Pete Simi, an associate professor in UNO’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has spent the last decade researching right-wing extremist groups through extensive fieldwork and qualitative analysis.

Simi was awarded $37,000 for one year with further funding available if necessary. According to the Guggenheim website, research grants can range from $15,000 to $40,000.

Simi’s research is the subject of the book “American Swastika,” which he co-wrote with Robert Futrell from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The book received the CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title of the year for 2010.

The grant will help Simi study the trends of right-wing extremists who move away from hate group social structures and belief systems. As part of the study, Simi will focus on the transformative power of violence to spur this change.

The Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to supporting research that examines the causes and consequences of violence, aggression and dominance. The foundation has awarded grants to hundreds of researchers since it was founded in 1996.

For more information on Pete Simi’s research, please email psimi@unomaha.edu or call (402) 554.3093. For more information on the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, please visit its website at http://www.hfg.org.

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