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Emily K. Carian is an Assistant Professor at California State University, San Bernardino. She earned her PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. Her research asks what motivates individuals to engage in backlash, or those attitudes and behaviors that work against gender inequality. Her previous research has used online forum data to examine frame alignment and consensus mobilization in the men’s rights movement. Her dissertation used in-depth interviews to compare men’s pathways into feminism and men’s rights activism and paid special attention to the interconnections between interviewees’ gender, racial, and sexual identities. She is currently is developing a scale to measure agreement with the ideology of the men’s rights movement.
Julia R. DeCook is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her PhD in Media and Information Studies from Michigan State University, where she explored how three online male supremacist groups persevered despite attempts to stop their spread, examining their responses and subsequent collective action (particularly archivization) after being banned, censored, or quarantined. Her research asks what the role of platforms and infrastructure are in sustaining these movements, and how the ability to maneuver around platform constraints plays a role in mobilization and recruitment. She is currently examining how the Incel community continues to evolve their epistemology as well as the role of “celebrities” within these male supremacist online spaces. Additionally, she examines the rise of a group of Asian and Asian American male supremacists, and how their harassment campaigns and coopting of leftist/progressive rhetoric shields them from notice in the larger digital sphere.
Jessica Cabrera is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Jessica’s current research focuses on how feminist social movements, university administrators, and men’s rights groups have interacted to shape the meaning of Title IX as well as the content of schools’ investigation and adjudication procedures. Her work explains how university administrators rendered Title IX susceptible to the influence of men’s rights groups. Cabrera’s dissertation research is supported by the UCI Center for Organizational Research, the UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, and the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence. In 2018, her research on mandatory reporting and Title IX won an honorable mention from the Ford Foundation and was accepted as a book chapter in The Research Handbook for Gender, Sexuality, and Law.
Alexis de Coning is a South African immigrant to the United States, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her dissertation considers the history and development of the men’s rights movement, and focuses on the movement’s transition from print to digital media from 1990 – 2010. She uses print and digital archives, interviews, and ethnography to explore the ways in which earlier manifestations of the movement impact its use of networked technologies today. Her broader research interests include public sphere and democratic theory, online communities, and food politics.
Alex DiBranco is executive director of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism. Her writings on male supremacism and incel terrorism have appeared in The Public Eye quarterly, a publication of the think tank Political Research Associates, and she provides trainings and advice on misogynist ideology for social justice organizations. DiBranco has been interviewed about her work by outlets including NPR, The New Republic, the Chicago Tribune, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. She has a chapter in the forthcoming book News of the Right drawn from her in-progress dissertation analyzing how the U.S. Right built sustainable infrastructure and political power from the 1970s through 1990s. DiBranco is a Sociology Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, affiliated with the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, and a 2019-2020 Dangerous Speech Project Global Research Initiative Fellow. Follow her on twitter @alexdibranco.
Pierce Dignam is a fifth-year PhD candidate at Florida State University’s Department of Sociology. He studies the intersection of social movements, gender, collective identity, and politics in the digital age. His recent work focuses on the social movement dynamics of semi-anonymous Alt-Right spaces on Reddit, an analysis of the working-class appeals made by Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign, and an investigation into Trump’s supporters political allegiance based on cultural understandings of masculinity and anti-establishment politics. His work has appeared in publications such as Race, Gender and Class, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Men and Masculinities.
Chelsea Ebin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Her dissertation examined how conservative Catholics and Protestants formed an enduring coalition and mobilized throughout the latter half of the twenty-first century. She is now working to expand this work to incorporate a fuller analysis of how race and gender played into the construction of a conservative Christian identity that was premised on victimhood and to look more closely at how the Religious Right utilized prefigurative politics. Ebin has also written about religious freedom and competing rights claims, and the danger these claims pose to the rights of historically marginalized groups. Most recently, she has begun investigating how conservative white women’s political ideologies are informed by discourses of white and male supremacy. Ebin received her Ph.D. in Politics from the New School for Social Research in 2018.
Greta Jasser is a PhD student at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Her thesis analyses US far-right online networks across webpages, social media and alt-tech platforms. She is particularly interested in far-right and misogynist ideologies, networks and movement innovations.
Annie Kelly is a Ph.D. student researching the impact of digital cultures on anti-feminism and the far right. Her work examines digital influence and gendered performance as political processes in new media. Her writing has appeared in Soundings journal and The New York Times.
Megan Kelly completed her MA in Social Sciences as part of the Global Studies Program at the University of Freiburg in 2019. Her master’s thesis focused on violence and identity in online incel forums. She is particularly interested in growing male supremacist movements and identities in the Global South. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri where she explored the impact that the introduction of the Special Legal Victims Counsel had on the number of sexual assaults reported in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Matthew N. Lyons analyzes male supremacism as a major thread connecting different branches of the right, while exploring diverse right-wing male supremacist responses to issues such as family, sexuality, reproduction, women’s political participation, and the role of the state. He writes regularly for Three Way Fight, a radical antifascist blog, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, New Politics, Socialism and Democracy, and other publications. Lyons is the author of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire and contributed the title essay to the book Ctrl-Alt-Delete: An Antifascist Report on the Alternative Right. He is co-author with Chip Berlet of Right-Wing Populism in America. Lyons is co-trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust.
Ashley A. Mattheis is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Communication and a Doctoral Fellow with the Center for Analysis of the Radical Right. Mattheis’ work explores the use of online platforms to promote and mainstream extremist ideologies and divisive practices. Her research includes the use of anti-feminism as a tool for radicalization, linkages between what has been termed the “Manosphere” and the Far/Alt-Right, and analyses of the visual rhetoric of meme series connecting Incel imagery to racialized radical right violence. Mattheis’ dissertation explores the ways that women use motherhood as a mechanism of recruiting other women into extremist ideologies. Her publications include “Gendered Hate Online,” in the forthcoming International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication. Follow her on twitter at @aamattheis
Shannan Palma (she/ her/ hers) is the Founding Faculty Director of the graduate program in Writing and Digital Communication and an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Agnes Scott College. Her research focuses on how and why people get invested in stories, symbols, and ideas that are not in their own best interests. She is currently midway through a trilogy of articles tracing the social construction of incel identity back through “Beauty and the Beast” tales and contemporary media portrayals of nerd and geek masculinities. The first article, “Entitled to a Happy Ending: Fairy-Tale Logic from “Beauty and the Beast” to the Incel Movement,” is forthcoming in Marvels & Tales 33.2. The second article is currently in draft. This trilogy feeds into chapter three of her book project. Fairy-Tale Logic applies insights from folklore and myth scholarship and participatory culture to expose how the logics of misogyny and white supremacy are replicated across generations. An alum of The OpEd Project, Palma also cohosts Once Upon a Patriarchy, an anti-oppression podcast exploring the long-term impact of Disney’s animated films on adults’ conceptions of gender, race, sexuality, and belonging. She earned her PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a PhD Certificate in Film and Media Studies from Emory University. Her dissertation won the 2012 Kore Award for Best Dissertation on Women and Mythology. Follow her on Twitter at @shannanpalma.
Ann-Kathrin Rothermel is a research associate and PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam in Germany. She is also a research affiliate at the Berlin School of Transnational and Regional Studies. Her research investigates gendered processes of radicalization and de-radicalization. She has researched antifeminism and male supremacism online since 2014, when she wrote her Master’s thesis on the global and local dimensions of antifeminist communities online. She is currently finalizing work on several articles exploring the movement dynamics, radicalization trajectories and narratives of the manosphere from a transnational and critical feminist perspective. She combines her work on male supremacism and antifeminism with work in her core discipline of International Relations, where she focuses on how the United Nations’ efforts to counter terrorism are inherently gendered.
Erin A. Spampinato is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY, who has recently completed a dissertation on representations of rape in the early English novel. Her public-facing writing deals with the topic of rape in contemporary culture, considering how representations of sexual violence shape both cultural history and the lived experiences of contemporary people. Her research is animated by the question of how representations of sexual and gender violence shape the actual historical realities of such violence, in terms of how that violence is perpetrated, identified, and understood. Follow her on twitter at @spampinato_erin.