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Richard Ashby Wilson

Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of Connecticut

Wilson will develop a framework for identifying the types of political speech that contribute to violence. Drawing from social psychology, anthropology, and three original surveys on hate speech in the U.S. and the Balkans, he will explore the extent to which some forms of speech create greater tolerance of violent behavior. He will then construct a practical matrix which can be used in law and policymaking to evaluate the likelihood that inciting speech will result in violence.


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