Brian Levin

Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, California State University, San Bernardino

Areas of Expertise

  • Hate crime
  • Criminal law
  • National security
  • Terrorism
  • Extremism
  • Constitutional law

Key Findings

  • The number of total terror attacks has increased since 2011 in the United States. MORE
  • From 2009 to 2014, there was a one-third decline in federally prosecuted jihadist cases and a 75% decline from the previous ten years. MORE
  • Since 9/11, 66 terror attacks were carried out by right wing extremists and 25 by Islamic extremists. MORE


Brian Levin, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino, is an expert in criminal law and procedure, national security, terrorism, extremism and hate crime.

Levin serves as the Commissioner on the California Commission on the State of Hate. He has partnered with government and legislative public policy entities, non-governmental research and policy organizations, attorneys, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on a variety of criminal justice initiatives. Levin served as a corporate litigator for the law firm of Irell & Manella, and was the Associate Director of Legal Affairs of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Klanwatch/Militia Task Force. He was awarded the Outstanding Originators Award from Academic Technologies and Innovation and the Green Eye Shade Award for Investigative Journalism in Print Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists.

He has been published in numerous journals, including the American Behavioral Scientist, Stanford Law & Policy Review and Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Levin received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.