Books by Kenneth S. Stern

The Conflict Over the Conflict: How the Israel/Palestine Campus Debate is Eviscerating Academic Freedom

Loud Hawk: The United Stats vs The American Indian Movement
Winner of Gustave Myers Center Award as outstanding book on human rights

A Force Upon the Plain: The American Militia Movement and the Politics of Hate
Nominated for National Book Award

Holocaust Denial

Antisemitism Today

Congressional Testimony:

Written Testimony before United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary — Examining Anti-Semitism on College Campuses (November 17, 2017)

Oral Testimony before United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary — Examining Anti-Semitism on College Campuses (November 17, 2017).

United States Supreme Court 

Oral Argument in United States v. Loud Hawk (1985)

Select publications and media by or mentioning Kenneth S. Stern


November 23, 2020, Zionism is not Racism; BDS isn’t always antisemitism, Times of Israel, Kenneth S. Stern

November 23, 2020 US listing of BDS as anti-Semitic sparks freedom-of-speech debate, Ephrem Kossaify, Arab News

October 16, 2020 Examined Zionism: Mira Sucharov and Belonging, Kenneth Stern, Times of Israel

September 7, 2020 If Trump Wins — Or Loses — Expect More Right-Wing Violence,  Stewart Ain, Forward

June 23, 2020, Efforts to Curb Online Hate Meet Concerns Over Free Speech, Stewart Ain, Jewish Week

April 21, 2020, Is the crisis on college campuses over Israel overblown? Amy Spiro, Jewish Insider

June 11, 2020, The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate, webinar with J Street.

June 3, 2020, Is there any good time to publish during a pandemic?, Forward, Kenneth S. Stern

April 11, 2020, “What Is The Relationship Between Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism?” Pairagraph conversation between Shany Mor and Kenneth Stern

March 1, 2020, Stifling free speech isn’t necessary to combat anti-Semitism, Elizabeth Heineman, Des Moines Register

January 14, 2020, A Conversation with Kenneth S. Stern, ShelfAwareness

January 14, 2020, Columbia Complaint Tests Limits of Anti-Zionist Speech, Stewart Ain, New York Jewish Week

January 9, 2020, The Scholar Who Wrote the Definition of Anti-Semitism Says It’s Been Subverted, Eric Cortellessa, Times of Israel


December 19, 2019, White House Explains to Haaretz How Its anti-Semitism Executive Order Will Work in Practice, Amir Tibon, Haaretz

December 19, 2019, Ken Stern and Rabbi Andrew Baker on the origins of the IHRA definition on antisemitism and its application today,JI Staff, Jewish Insider

December 17, 2019Trump Targets Anti-Semitism: ‘Game Changer’ Or ‘Disaster’?, Stewart Ain, NY Jewish Week

December 16, 2019, Trump’s Anti-Semitism Executive Order Undermines Campus Free Speech, Tyler Coward, National Review.

December 16, 2019 What Trump’s Executive Order Means for Anti-Semitism in the U.S., The Takeaway, WNYC, with Kenneth Stern and Yair Rosenberg

December 13, 2019 I Drafted the Definition, Rightwing Jews are Weaponizing It by Kenneth S. Stern, Guardian

December 11, 2019 Interview with Kenneth Stern on CBS radio in Los Angeles (at 8:59)

December 11, 2019 Trump is Not Defining Antisemitism Correctly, Says Author of Antisemitism Definition, Noah Kulwin, The

November 8, 2019 Strong democracy is essential to combating forms of hate, antisemitism expert says, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Arts and Science

October 25, 2019, Anti-Semitic Crimes on the Rise in the U.S. (interview of Kenneth Stern), tv

October 21, 2019, Hate expert Kenneth Stern talks about anti-Semitism in Jewish Lecture Series, by Rachel Sawicki,  The Review

October 17, 2019, Revealed: rightwing push to ban criticism of Israel on US campuses, by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

October 15, 2019, Anti-Semitism, Bard and Me, byTamar Wyschogrod, Times of Israel

October 14, 2019, Anti-Semitism At the Bard Conference? When Early Reports Don’t Tell the Whole Story about a Protest, by Jeffrey C. Isaac, Public Seminar

October 14, 2019, Batya Ungar-Sargon links anti-Zionists to David Duke and synagogue murders, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss

October 14, 2019, What Really Happened at Bard College? by Mairav Zonszein, Jewish Currents

October 13, 2019, I Was at the Bard Anti-Semitism Panel, and Saw Deep Disagreement, not Singling Out of Jews, by Kenneth S. Stern, Forward

September 20, 2019,  Bard College Receives $165,000 Grant for Center Focused on Combating Hate, by Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

September 12, 2019, Bard Has New Award for Beth Rickey, Heroine Against Hate by Quin Hillyer, Washington Examiner.

August 7, 2019 There’s an old word for Trump’s brand of nationalism: “Hatriotism” by Samuel G. Freedman, Guardian

July 27, 2019  Is B.D.S. Anti-Semitic? A Closer Look at the Boycott Israel Campaign by David M. Halbfiner, Michael Wines, and Steve Erlanger (NY Times)

Summer, 2019 Antisemitism Through a Hate Studies Lens by Kenneth S. Stern (Peace Chronicle — page 30)

July 18, 2019 Fighting Antisemitism on Campus by Larry Yudelson (Jewish Standard)

June 20, 2019 Jewish Trademark on Concentration Campus?  (TTN blog)

June 11, 2019 Anti-Semitism Expert Offers Best Practices for Combating Hate, by Martin Raffel (New Jersey Jewish News)

May 29, 2019, Defining anti-Semitism:A conversation with Kenneth Stern on the Greatest Threats to the Jews, by Martin Raffel (New Jersey Jewish News)

May 5, 2019, Holocaust Remembrance Day Honors the Millions Lost (Spectrum News)

April 4, 2019 Inland Journal, Gonzaga Hate Studies Conference (Spokane Public Radio)

April 3, 2019 Gonzaga Hosts International Conference on Hate Studies (Spokane Public Radio)

February 20, 2019 How an Oscar Nominee Went From Chronicling Cory Booker to Nazis, And Back Again (Los Angeles Times, by John Anderson)

January 30, 2019 When Nazis Came To Madison Square Garden (Jewish Journal, by Kenneth Stern)

January 25, 2019 Twitter Joins World Jewish Congress to Raise Holocaust Awareness.


December 23, 2108 New Bard College Center Seeks to Study Hate, Bigotry (Daily Freeman)

December 9, 2018 The Relevance of the 1948 Genocide Convention Today (by Elizabeth Rosner and Kenneth Stern)

December 8, 2018 The End of Tolerance (In Psychology Today, by Pamela Paresky)

November 21, 2018 Kenneth Stern Talks about Bard Center for the Study of Hate (YouTube via Daily Freeman)

November 15, 2018 FBI Data Shows Plenty of Vandalism, Little Violence Against U.S. Jews (The Forward)

November 5, 2018 The Political Power of Hate (by Kenneth S. Stern in the Hannah Arendt Center blog)

November 5, 2018 After Pittsburgh, Jewish Groups’ First Fight Is Against BDS, Not White Nationalism (The Forward)

October 30, 2018 Kenneth Stern Named Director of Bard Center for the Study of Hate (Daily Freeman)

October 16, 2018 Bard College Creates Center for the Study of Hate (Daily Freeman)

The Relevance of the 1948 Genocide Convention Today (with Elizabeth Rosner)
BCHS blog — December 9, 2018

The End of Tolerance (by Pamela Paresky)
Psychology Today — December 8, 2018

FBI Data Shows Plenty of Vandalism, Little Violence Against US Jews (by Josh Nathan-Kavis)
The Forward — November 15, 2018

The Political Power of Hate 
Hannah Arendt Center Blog — November 5, 2018

After Pittsburgh, Jewish Groups’ First Fight is Against BDS, Not White Nationalism (by Josh Natan-Kavis)
The Forward — November 5, 2018

Is Anti-Zionist Speech Anti-Semitic? (@ 32:45)
WNYC’S On The Media — June 15, 2018

What’s Wrong With the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act? (With Cary Nelson and other Alliance for Academic Freedom Executive Committee members)
Inside Higher Education  — June 12, 2018


Support New Head of Center for Jewish History
Alliance for Academic Freedom (on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom: David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Kenneth Stern, Deborah Dash Moore, Sharon Musher, Jeffry Mallow and Irene Tucker) — September 6, 2017

How to Counter White Supremacists Energized By Trump
LA Jewish Journal — August 17, 2017

Why Israel’s Rules to Muzzle Professors Will Only Make Things Worse 
The Forward  (Cary Nelson on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom: David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Kenneth Stern, Deborah Dash Moore, Sharon Musher, Jeffry Mallow and Irene Tucker) — July 7, 2017

The Israeli Right Moves Against Academic Freedom 
by Cary Nelson on behalf of Executive Committee of the Alliance For Academic Freedom (David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Kenneth Stern, Deborah Dash Moore, Sharon Musher, Jeffry Mallow and Irene Tucker)  — June 26, 2017

Everyone Lost at Dartmouth, Inside Higher Education, by Kenneth S. Stern, Cary Nelson, David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Deborah Dash Moore, Sharon Musher, Jeffry Mallow and Irene Tucker (June 19, 2017)

How Legislative Efforts to Define Antisemitism Threaten Academic Freedom, Academe Blog (AAUP), by Kenneth S. Stern and Ernst Benjamin (May 5, 2017)

S.C. Anti-Semitism Bill Isn’t Needed, The Post & Courier, by Kenneth S. Stern, April 26, 2017

Statement to South Carolina Senate Higher Education Subcommittee (on antisemitism legislation), by Kenneth S. Stern, April 25, 2017

What Will It Take For Donald Trump to Condemn Anti-Semitism?, Forward, by Kenneth S. Stern, February 16, 2017

How Trump Empowers White Supremacists and Jihadis Alike, Forward, by Kenneth S. Stern, February 5, 2017

Correspondent of the Day: Anti-Semitism Legislation Bad Idea,  Richmond Times Dispatch, by Kenneth S. Stern, February 3, 2017

How to Honor MLK Legacy in Whitefish, Montana, CNN, by Kenneth S. Stern, January 13, 2017

What to Do When Antisemitic Bullies Come To Town, by Kenneth S. Stern (January 2, 2017) (Reprinted in LA Jewish Journal)


Will Campus Criticism of Israel Violate Federal Law?, (The New York Times), by Kenneth. S. Stern. (December 12, 2016)

Letter to Members of Congress opposing legislation that violates academic freedom and would harm Jewish students, by Kenneth S. Stern (December 6, 2016)

The Blacklist in the Coal Mine, by Kenneth Stern (with David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Jeffry Mallow, Deborah Dash Moore, Sharon Ann Musher, Cary Nelson and Irene Tucker) (October 26, 2016)

Decal Debacle, by Kenneth Stern (with David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Jeffry Mallow, Deborah Dash Moore, Sharon Ann Musher, Cary Nelson and Irene Tucker) (October 7, 2016)

My Behind The Scenes DENIAL Story, by Kenneth Stern (September 15, 2016)

Campus BDS and the law: First, do no harm, by Kenneth Stern (June 21, 2016)

March 21, 2016 Letter to University of California President Janet Napolitano regarding UC Principles of Intolerance.


Worldwide Terror: Connecting the ISIS Dots, by Kenneth Stern (November 30, 2015)

OPINION-SF Chronicle, How UC Can Respond To Bigoted Speech Without Censorship, by Justus Rosenberg and Kenneth Stern (also at SF Chronicle Website) (August 20, 2015)

Should a Major University System Have A Particular Definition of Antisemitism? by Kenneth Stern (June 22, 2015)

British University Shouldn’t Cancel Anti-Israel Conference by Kenneth Stern and Cary Nelson (April 1, 2015)

What’s in a name? That which we call Islamic by Kenneth Stern (February 26, 2015)

Book Review: The Case Against Academic Boycotts by Kenneth Stern (February 16, 2015)

War on Campus by Kenneth Stern and Cary Nelson (January 23, 2015)


We Need To Understand Hatred Better If We Are Serious About Fighting Antisemitism By Kenneth Stern (September 12, 2014)

Should We Fear BDS? By Kenneth Stern and Michael Berenbaum (April 30, 2014)

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Other articles and blogs which cite or quote Kenneth Stern

On Antisemitism,” (RAVBLOG by Rabbi Rachel Timoner, July 18, 2017)

Anti-Semitism: Is Hostility Toward Jews On The Rise Worldwide? (CQ Researcher, May 12, 2017)

Anti-Semitism Bill Would Suppress Open Discussion on Israel  (Charleston Post and Courier, May 2, 2017)

Opinion: Jewish Students Deserve a Better Definition of Anti-Semitism (Times of Israel, April 24, 2017)

The Dangers of Sean Spicer’s Soft Holocaust Denialism (Think Progress, April 12, 2017)

Threats Against Jewish Groups Stoke Fears of Rising Anti-Semitism (AFP, March 3, 2017)

Trump Decries Anti-Semitic Acts As “Horrible” Amid Calls For Stronger White House Denunciations(Washington Post, February 21, 2017)

Amid Rising Anti-Semitism, Trump’s Lackluster Response has Jewish Groups Concerned (, February 21, 2017)

National Anti-Hate Organization Hopes to Have Antisemitic Marchers Working Against Themselves (KURL News, January 4, 2017)

Montana Town Celebrates Diversity Amid Threats of an Armed Neo-Nazi March (Huffington Post, January 4, 2017)

White Supremacist March To Be Matched With Human Rights Donations (Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, January 3, 2017)

Colleagues Critique Proposed US Law on Antisemitism (The Third Narrative, December 14, 2016)

Why the Proposed “Antisemitism Awareness Act” is a Bad Idea (The Faculty Lounge, December 13, 2016)

House Puts Off Action on controversial Anti-Semitism Bill (Jewish Telegraphic Agency, December 10, 2016)

Analysis: Why Congress’ New anti-Semitism Bill Won’t Protect Jews (Haaretz, December 10, 2016)

Controversial Anti-Semitism Bill Won’t Pass Congress in 2016 (Haaretz, December 9, 2016)

Expert On Hate Opposes Anti-Semitism Bill — Based on Definition He Created (Forward, December 6, 2016)

ACLU Opposition to Antisemitism Bill (December 5, 2016)

CUNY Under the Anti-Semitism Microscope (Forward, March 30, 2016)

What The Oregon Standoff Reveals about the Militias, Counter-Terror Laws, and the Rural West(, January 6, 2016)

Submission: UC Should Not Adopt Anti-Semitism Definition Which Endangers Debate (UC Daily Bruin, September 17, 2015)

Pro-Israel Students Dislike UC Regents “Intolerance” Statement (San Francisco Chronicle, September 16, 2015)

Biblio File: Bullies, Dissemblers and Slanderers  (Australia/Israel Review, July 30, 2015)

Why U. of California Should Dump 3-D Definition of Antisemitism (Forward, July 22, 2015)

How A Secret Charity Helps Jewish Groups Feel Safe (Forward, April 7, 2015)

Engage: JKR Foundation: British University Shouldn’t Cancel Anti-Israel Conference (UK) (April 2, 2015)

The Third Narrative: An Open Letter To Southampton University (UK) (April 1, 2015)

12K Gift Goes Toward Bard College Internship Program (Daily Freeman March 6, 2015)

Ameinu: Progressive Values In Action: Oppose Both Boycotts of Israel and Occupation of Palestinian Lands (January 30, 2015)

Inside Higher Ed: Decal Debacle (October 7, 2016)

To watch Justus Rosenberg speak about his experiences during World War II, including his work with Varian Fry rescuing artists and intellectuals, and his work in the underground, click here.

To watch Justus Rosenberg being interviewed by Sarah Wildman at the Center for Jewish History (about his WWII experiences) click here.

To read a major 2016 profile of Justus Rosenberg in the New York Times, click here.

To read a 2016 story about Justus Rosenberg’s work with Varian Fry, click here

To see a profile of Justus Rosenberg on the Varian Fry Memorial website click here.

To see a 2016 Regional News Network interview with Justus, click here and here.

On March 30, 2017 Justus Rosenberg received the Legion of Honor medal, from the French government.

Print stories appeared in the Times of IsraelAgence France Presse and elsewhere.

AFP’s television story is here. The entire ceremony is here.

We Need to Understand Hatred Better if We’re Serious About Fighting Antisemitism

Jewish Journal – September 12, 2014

Should Jews Fear BDS?
Jewish Journal – May 3, 2014

Letters to the Sports Editor
The New York Times – May 3, 2014

What If Matthew Shepard’s Murder Wasn’t an Anti-Gay Hate Crime?
When an Object Lesson in Hatred Gets Muddy
The Forward – September 09, 2013

Katie Couric speaks with Kenneth S. Stern
Diminishing Rage Within Militias – April 6, 2010

Other publications of note
Bigotry On Campus (PDF)
Hate on Talk Radio (PDF)
Hate and the Internet (PDF)
Hate Matters (PDF)