Just a few years ago, extremists targeted the fringe, loners and the far-flung. But since Corona, the storming of the Capitol, and the Ukraine war, radicalization has become a mass phenomenon. As an extremism researcher, Julia Ebner wants to understand why so many are susceptible to radical ideas, what structures and mechanisms are behind them, and what must finally be done now in the fight for justice and democracy.
Julia Ebner, born in Vienna in 1991, conducts research on extremism at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London and at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion at the University of Oxford. As an expert, she works with government organizations and police bodies, and advises the UN, NATO and the World Bank on extremism. She is known to the public through appearances on Markus Lanz, Tagesthemen and heute-journal. Her book Radicalization Machines was named "Science Book of the Year" in 2020, was a SPIEGEL bestseller and was on the nonfiction bestseller list.