Butter is Professor of American Literary and Cultural History at the University of Tübingen since 2014. He is the author of four monographs: “The Epitome of Evil: Hitler in American Fiction, 1939–2002” (2009), “Plots, Designs, and Schemes: American Conspiracy Theories from the Puritans to the Present“ (2014), “Der »Washington-Code«: Zur Heroisierung amerikanischer Präsidenten, 1775-1865“ (2016), and “The Nature of Conspiracy Theories“ (2020). He is the Principal Investigator of the ERC project “Populism and Conspiracy Theory” and one of the PI’s of the CHANSE project “Researching Europe, Digitilisation and Conspiracy Theory”.
Caiani is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Scuola Normale Superiore, and associated faculty at theInstitute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. Her research focuses on Social Movements and Europeanization; Far Right Politics; Extremism online; Right Wing and Left Wing Populism; Movement-parties; Qualitative methods of social research. She is Co-director of the International Observatory on Social Cohesion and Inclusion-OCIS, https://osservatoriocoesionesociale.eu/. She has directed and collaborated in various international projects. She published for the following publishers: Oxford University press, Ashgate, Palgrave, Routledge.
Jensen is a historian at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität in Berlin and its deputy director. His research interests are the history of antisemitism, of German Jewry, of psychoanalysis, of the history of emotions as well as visual history. He has previously worked at the University of Sussex, the Universität Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. His most recent publications include “Zornpolitik“ (2017), “Wie die Couch nach Kalkutta kam: Eine Globalgeschichte der frühen Psychoanalyse“ (2019) and “Ein antisemitischer Doppelmord“ (2022).
Knight is a professor of American Studies at the University of Manchester. His research is on conspiracy theories, and the economic humanities. He is the author of “Conspiracy Culture” (2000), “The Kennedy Assassination” (2007), “Reading the Market “(2016), and is co-author of “Invested (2022) and Conspiracy Theories in the Time of Covid-19”(2023). He is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories (2020).
Levantesi is a climate journalist and author. Her main areas of expertise are climate denial, delay, obstruction and disinformation, greenwashing, corporate responsibility on the climate crisis and climate change communication. Her book “I bugiardi del clima” (Climate Liars), published by Laterza 2021, investigates the history of climate change denial and obstruction strategies to climate action. She is the author of Gaslit, and she is a TEDx Talk speaker. Her works have been published on DeSmog, Nature Italy, The New Republic, Internazionale, BBC World Service, DW and others.
Solinas is Assistant Professor in Political philosophy and Project Manager of Jean Monnet Module GOLDSTEIN: “Debunking Political Uses of Denialisms and Conspiracy Theories in EU”. He’s currently working on critical theory of society and populism. He published in important international reviews including Philosophy and Social Criticism, CriticalHorizons, Zeitscrift für kritische Theorie, Philosophisches Jahrbuch, and he is the author of Via Platonica zum Unbewussten (2012), From Aristotle’s Teleology to Darwin’s Genealogy (2015).
Urbinati is the Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory at Columbia University. She is a political theorist specializing in modern and contemporary political thought and the democratic and anti-democratic traditions. She has been a member of the School of Social Sciences of the Institute for Advanced Study, Visiting Fellowship at Princeton University, permanent visiting professor at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento Sant’Anna of Pisa. She has published numerous works including Me The People: “How Populism Transforms Democracy” (2019) and “Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and the People” (2014).