Senior Researcher for Antisemitism and Extremism
Dr. Elizabeth Yates is the Senior Researcher for Antisemitism and Extremism at Human Rights First.
As the senior research on antisemitism on the Extremism and Human Rights team at Human Rights First, Dr. Yates leads our research on the far-right antidemocratic extremist movement, extremism in the military, antisemitism, and anti-immigrant extremism. In 2022, she provided expert testimony to the Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee during a hearing on the Great Replacement conspiracy theory.
Prior to joining Human Rights First, Dr. Yates spent four years as a Senior Researcher/Researcher on the domestic radicalization team at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). While at START, Dr. Yates tracked trends in domestic extremism and hate crimes in the United States, and co-authored reports, briefs, and articles on topics including extremism in the U.S. military, the growth of anti-Muslim terrorism, mass casualty hate crime attacks, and disengagement from right-wing extremism, among others.
In addition, Dr. Yates has taught undergraduate classes at the University of Maryland and the University of Pittsburgh, and worked at several other non-profit organizations.
She earned a doctorate in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in International Relations at Tufts University.