Míriam Juan-Torres

Míriam Juan-Torres is a multidisciplinary social scientist with expertise on polarization, authoritarian populism, conflicts, and human rights. She currently works as the Head of Research of the Democracy & Belonging Forum, Senior Advisor at More in Common, where she was the co-author of “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape” and the lead author of “Britain’s Choice: Common Ground and Division in 2020s Britain” and as associate professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona where she teaches a course on human rights. She has also contributed as a consultant to a variety of projects across the globe. Míriam has fieldwork experience in Ghana and Colombia, where she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and interned at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She holds a master in Global Affairs from Yale University and a law degree from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.  She has received several awards, including the Fox Fellowship from Yale University and the la Caixa Fellowship in Spain. Míriam is also yoga student and teacher, is fascinated by yoga philosophy and Buddhist teachings, and loves food and cooking.
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Same Playbook, Different Players: Charting shared tactics of anti-democratic movements from Türkiye to Texas
Over the last decade, far-right populists in Europe, North America, and around the world have transformed from fringe groups into influential power players, often by deftly exploiting fear and uncertainty within the democratic majority generated by fast-changing shifts in technology, migration, culture, and climate.
The Nature of Polarization and its Implications for Advancing Belonging within Contexts of Democratic Decline
Polarization has been used to describe the political and social realities of societies across the world. To a certain degree, it has been overused so much that it has become a blanket term to describe an array of diverse realities.