Director, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
Heidi Beirich leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the award-winning Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. She is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist, and neo-Confederate movements as well as racism in academia. She oversees the SPLC’s yearly count of the nation’s hate and hard-line anti-government groups, is a frequent contributor to the SPLC’s investigative reports, and is an oft-sought speaker at conferences on extremism. Beirich joined the SPLC staff in 1999 and was previously director of research. She is the co-editor and author of several chapters of Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction.