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Hate Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum being developed by a consortium of academics, scholars, human rights groups, and others.

The process grew out of conversations sparked by the Gonzaga University Institute for Action against Hate which held a Conference to Establish the Field of Hate Studies in Spokane, Washington, March 20, 2004.

According to Kenneth S. Stern of the American Jewish Committee, "An academic program is desperately needed to study why hatred has been a common human experience....What you create at Gonzaga can be a model for the nation."

A number of papers presented at the conference were published in a special 'Journal of Hate Studies issue on establishing the field of Hate Studies. [1]


Hate Studies is defined as “Inquiries into the human capacity to define, and then dehumanize or demonize, an ‘other,’ and the processes which inform and give expression to, or can curtail or combat, that capacity.”

A second conference is being sponsored April 6 through April 9, 2011. The theme for the International Conference on Hate Studies is Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding the Nature of Hate, Crafting Models for Combating Hate, and Implications for Practice.More information is available at

Further reading

  • The Need for an Interdisciplinary Field of Hate Studies by Kenneth S. Stern
  • Religion as Hatred: Antisemitism as a Case Study by John T. Pawlikowski
  • The Social Psychology of Hatred by Evan R. Harrington
  • Identity-Driven Violence: Reclaiming Civil Society by Kenneth R. Hoover and Vernon D. Johnson
  • Positioning Hate by Kathleen Blee
  • Teaching a General Education Course on Hate Crimes: Challenges and Solutions by Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld
  • The Genetic/Evolutionary Basis of Prejudice and Hatred by Harold D. Fishbein
  • Our Ancestral Shadow: Hate and Human Nature in Evolutionary Psychology by James E. Waller
  • The Last Uncomfortable “Religious” Question? Monotheistic Exclusivism and Textual Superiority in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as Sources of Hate and Genocide by Steven Leonard Jacobs
  • Hate, Oppression, Repression, and the Apocalyptic Style: Facing Complex Questions and Challenges by Chip Berlet
  • Finding Light in Darkness? The Historical Treatment of Genocide as a Template for the Field of Hate Studies by Raymond C. Sun

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