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Catherine Baker is a doctoral candidate with the Online Civic Culture Centre at Loughborough University. Her current research focuses on the misogynist incel community, using digital ethnography, network analysis and discursive psychology to examine how digital affordances are used to curate and distribute ideology to a mass audience. Her other research interests involve counter epistemic communities and the re-emergence of ‘race science’ as an ideology tool online. Recent publications include a chapter on post-truth identities in the Routledge Companion to Media Misinformation and Populism. Follow her on Twitter @Cathy__Baker
Nicole Bedera is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on how organizations impact the experience of sexual violence with a focus on college sexual assault. Her dissertation is an organizational ethnography of one university’s management of sexual misconduct complaints and the way Title IX can be used to protect perpetrators and reinforce gender inequality. She has also conducted research on queer women’s experiences of sexual assault and men’s attitudes toward sexual violence prevention. Recent publications include: Finding the Strength to Speak Out, Waiting to be Heard: #MeToo on College Campuses and “Call for Help Immediately”: A Discourse Analysis of Resident Assistants’ Responses to Sexual Assault Disclosures”.
Sophie Bjork-James Is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. She has over ten years of experience researching both the US-based Religious Right and the white nationalist movements. She is the author of The Divine Institution: White Evangelicalism’s Politics of the Family (2021) and the co-editor of Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism (2020). Her work has appeared in American Anthropologist, Oxford Bibliographies, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Feminist Anthropology, and Transforming Anthropology. Her work has been featured on the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC Radio 4’s Today, and in the New York Times. She has published op-eds in the LA Times, Religious Dispatches, and the Conversation.
Blu Buchanan is a University Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UNC Asheville. Their academic writing has appeared or is forthcoming in journals like GLQ: The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America, as well as edited volume chapters in Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis and Unsafe Words: Queer Perspectives on Consent in the #MeToo Era. They have also written extensively in the public sphere, particularly about movements to disarm campus police and confronting trans antagonism in the university.
Jessica Cabrera is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and a graduate of the UC Irvine Law, Society, and Culture Emphasis. Her work explains how feminist Title IX anti-harassment laws in the U.S. came to be influenced by men’s rights groups, and offers strategies for how feminists and progressives can prevent civil rights laws from becoming co-opted by right wing groups. Jessica’s dissertation research is supported by the UC Irvine Center for Organizational Research, the UC Irvine Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, and the UC Irvine Initiative to End Family Violence. She is a Fellow with the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, and earned a Visiting Student Researcher position at the UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society starting in August 2021. This year, she was accepted to speak on her work at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women with Sociologists for Women in Society. Some of her work has been published in The Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality, and the Law, as well as The Annual Review of Law and Social Science. Follow her on twitter @winbackTitleIX
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 research has used online forum data to examine collective identity and consensus 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 developing her dissertation into a book. Further recent publications include The Inversive Sexism Scale: Endorsements of the Belief that Woman are Privileged and Other Contemporary Sexist Attitudes which was awarded the 2018 Graduate Student Paper Award by the American Sociological Association and “Playing the Trump Card: Masculinity Threat and the United States 2016 Presidential Election.”
Emily is mentoring Maria Scaptura, a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech.
Simon Copland is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU), studying online men’s rights groups and communities ‘manosphere’. He has a Masters in Science Communication.
Simon is a freelance writer, and the co-editor of Green Agenda, an online publishing space for green ideas. He has been published in The Guardian, BBC Online and Overland Journal, amongst others. He had a chapter in the books Queer Stories and Going Postal in 2018. Simon powerlifts and is a David Bowie and rugby union fanatic.
Ryan Coulling (he/him) is a recent PhD graduate from Carleton University. Broadly, his research is grounded in aspects of social justice. He is especially interested in the violence and harassment by people of privilege directed towards marginalized people. This research interest culminates in the investigation of white, heterosexual, male, right-wing extremists, their emotional and affective reactions, the hate and fear they circulate, and the violent crimes they commit. His doctoral research examined antifeminist masculinities on the manosphere.
Ryan is mentoring Luc Cousineau, a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo.
Melody Devries is a PhD candidate in the Communication and Culture Department at Ryerson University in Toronto. Building from a master’s degree in anthropology and drawing from studies of ritual, religion and ontology, Devries uses digital ethnographic methods to uncover how far-right and conspiratorial worldviews become real to people through everyday practices with and beyond media content. Attending in particular to how the Christian Right has helped normalize far-right politics, her work shows how far-right worldviews are brought to life by an assemblage of material interactions that are informed by supremacist and conspiratorial principles embedded within mainstream society. She has recently published with the Canadian Journal of Communication (2022), acted as lead editor for Rise of the Far-Right: Technologies of Recruitment and Mobilization (2021), and contributed to the SSRC Items series Beyond Disinformation.
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 International Centre for Counter-Terrorism Journal and The Public Eye quarterly, a publication of the think tank Political Research Associates. She has provided trainings and advice on male supremacist ideology for social justice organizations such as Western States Center, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and SURJ. DiBranco has been interviewed about her work by outlets including NPR, The New Republic, the Chicago Tribune, Think Progress, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. She has a chapter in the book News of the Right published by Oxford University Press, 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 Ph.D. candidate who studies the intersection of social movements, gender, collective identity, and politics in the digital age. His work has focused on the social movement dynamics of male-supremacist spaces on Reddit, the Trump campaign’s working-class appeals, and Trump supporters’ cultural understandings of masculinity and anti-establishment politics. His research has been published in Race Gender and Class, Signs, Social Currents and Men and Masculinities. His teaching experience includes designing and teaching Political Sociology, Sex and Gender, and Introduction to Sociology.
Molly Dragiewicz is Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Australia. Dragiewicz is an internationally award-winning criminologist who studies violence and gender. Her book Equality with a vengeance: Men’s rights groups, battered women, and antifeminist backlash (2011) examined antifeminists’ failed effort to use an equal protection lawsuit to de-fund domestic violence shelters in Minnesota. She is currently working on research about technology-facilitated coercive control, domestic violence, and antifeminism. Dragiewicz is highly involved in interdisciplinary, collaborative research with community organisations working to end violence against women. She is a frequently invited speaker and trainer for judicial officers, lawyers, first-responders, domestic violence advocates, and universities. She serves on the Board of Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Death Review. Dragiewicz won the 2019 Saltzman Award for Contributions to Practice from the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime; 2018 Domestic Violence Prevention Leadership Award from the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast.
Chelsea Ebin is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Centre College. Her research focuses on how conservative Catholics and Protestants formed an enduring coalition and mobilized throughout the latter half of the twenty-first century. She is at work on a monograph, under contract with the University Press of Kansas, that builds on this research to further explore how race and gender played into the construction of a conservative Christian identity that was premised on victimhood and to look at how the Religious Right utilized prefigurative politics. Ebin is also interested in the threats anti-statist right-wing movements pose to women and investigating how conservative white women’s political ideologies are informed by discourses of white and male supremacy. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from the New School for Social Research in 2018. Recent publications by Ebin include “The Great American Rights Bake Off: Freedom of Religion v. Freedom from Discrimination,” co-authored with J. Ricky Price and “Paul Weyrich: 1968 and the Roots of a (Catholic) Radical.”
Judith Goetz holds degrees in comparative literature and political science, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Centre for Teacher Education at the University of Vienna. She is also a member of FIPU (Research Group Ideologies and Policies of Inequality) and the German Research Network ‘’Women and Right-wing Extremism’. Her interests and research focuses on right-wing extremism and women, as well as gender and anti-feminism. Recently she co-edited the anthologies Untergangster des Abendlandes: Ideology and reception of the right-wing extreme ‘Identitarians’ (2017), Right-wing extremism Volume 3: Gender-Reflected Perspectives (2019) and Right-wing extremism Volume 4: Challenges for Journalism (2021).
Melissa Gira Grant is a journalist and author. She is is a staff writer at The New Republic and the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso). She has reported on violence against massage workers in Flushing; attacks on trans rights across Texas; resistance to police killings in Columbus; the rise of QAnon and anti-sex trafficking panic; and the global movement for sex workers’ rights. Her forthcoming book, A Woman Is Against the Law: Sex, Race, and the Limits of Justice of America (Little, Brown and Company), uses narrative journalism and original archival research to offer a feminist indictment of the criminal legal system, drawing on 150 years of women’s attempts to appeal to the law in search of safety, accountability, power, and freedom.
Myra Haverda is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon. Before coming to Eugene, she earned a B.A. in sociology with a minor in computer science and an M.S. in sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Her research interests include masculinities, social movements, and social theory.
Nicole Iturriaga is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Sociology. She is a sociologist with a focus on science and technology, social movements, collective memory, gender, and human rights. Outside of work, she loves nature, climbing, and making pottery.
Greta Jasser is a research associate at the University of Hildesheim and a PhD student at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Jasser is a founding member of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism (IRMS). She holds an Msc. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as an MA in Social Science Data Analysis from the University of Essex. In her PhD research she is analysing far-right and misogynist movements online with a focus on technology, platforms, affordances and ideologies.
Dr. Annie Kelly is a journalist and researcher focusing on antifeminism, the far right and conspiracy theories online. She received her PhD on digital antifeminism from the University of East Anglia in 2020. She works now as a postdoctoral research associate on the AHRC-funded “Everything Is Connected: Conspiracy Theories in the Age of the Internet” project at King’s College London and the University of Manchester and as the UK correspondent for the podcast QAnon Anonymous. Her writing has appeared in Soundings journal and The New York Times.
Megan Kelly (she/her/hers) is a PhD student researching radicalization narratives into male supremacist movements. She is particularly interested in identity formation, misogynist ideologies, and relations between different male supremacist identities.
Robert Lawson is an Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics at Birmingham City University. He has held posts at the University of Pittsburgh (Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar, 2012-13) and the University of Jyväskylä (Junior Visiting Professor, 2019-2020). He has publications in several major international journals, including Discourse, Context and Media, English World-Wide, Gender and Language, Social Media + Society, and Journal of Sociolinguistics. He is the editor of Sociolinguistics in Scotland (Palgrave, 2014), the co-editor of Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact (Routledge, 2016), and is working on a research monograph about the intersection of language and masculinities across different contemporary contexts (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). His current research interests include language and masculinities in online spaces, language in the public eye, and developing public engagement with sociolinguistic research.
Faith McGlothlin is a PhD candidate in American Studies at New York University. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2015. Her research is on the historical development of a far-right paramilitary movement in the United States alongside the expansion of the federal security state over the late 20th century.
Dr. Meredith L. Pruden is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Fellow with Institute for Research on Male Supremacism and an affiliate with Media Effects, Misinformation and Extremism Lab at University of Buffalo. Meredith earned her PhD in Communication and certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University, where she was also a Presidential Fellow with the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative. Meredith’s interdisciplinary, methodologically agnostic research is rooted in feminist media studies and uses a combination of quantitative computational and qualitative techniques (e.g., critical computational studies) to explore and critique male and white supremacy, far-right politics and extremisms, including the mis/disinformation and conspiracy thinking circulated by and through these groups across a variety of platforms and channels.
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. Her work on antifeminist movement dynamics, radicalization trajectories, and narratives of the manosphere from a transnational and critical feminist perspective have been published in International Affairs Journal, Social Politics Journal, and the German Research Journal for Social Movement Studies. In her PhD project, 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.
Anna Schwenck is a cultural sociologist who works on the intertwining of authoritarianism, neoliberal capitalism, and supremacist masculinity in and beyond the Euro-American world. She completed her PhD at Humboldt University Berlin on the questions of how young people loyal to the government in today’s Russia relate to the regime’s ‘flexible authoritarianism’ and why they ground their quests for change in neoliberal solutions to social problems. In her current role as scientific coordinator of the trans-European and interdisciplinary project Popular Music and the Rise of Populism in Europe, situated at Oldenburg University, Germany, Ms. Schwenck investigates popular music culture’s capacity to diffuse masculinist, neoliberal and authoritarian worldviews and endue such abstract concepts with emotional meaningfullness. Especially with regard to her research project on the ongoing protests of so-called Corona (or Pandemic) skeptics in German-speaking countries, Ms. Schwenck examines how positive experiences of commonality – through popular music, dancing, but also the collective, peaceful fight against a common enemy – may form new coalitions between diverse actors, possibly enhancing the normalization of neo-authoritarian beliefs among mainstream publics in liberal democracies.
Erin A. Spampinato holds a PhD in English literature from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and specializes in the aesthetic and cultural history of gender and sexual violence. Her current book, Awful Nearness: A Literary and Cultural History of Rape, 1740-1900, tracks the deployment of rape plots through the history of the novel. Her essays on the topic include “Rereading Rape in the Critical Canon: Adjudicative Criticism and the Capacious Conception,” in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies and “Hideous Men: David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews In Hindsight” in the Routledge Companion to Masculinity in American Literature and Culture. She wrote this essay on Wallace with the support of the IRMS community. Her scholarship also appears in PMLA and Studies in the Novel, and she is currently editing a collection, in collaboration with Doreen Thierauf and Michael Dango, forthcoming for SUNY University Press, on new humanistic approaches to the study of sexual violence. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2021-22 American Council of Learned Societies fellowship. Other research explores the culture of sexual negotiation, projection, and violence in encounters between British and American travelers and residents of Oceania in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Spampinato’s non-academic writing has appeared in The Guardian and Electric Literature, among other venues. She currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College. Follow her on twitter at @spampinato_erin.
Hanah Stiverson is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan in the department of American Culture and a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for the Humanities. Her research focuses on the gender and racial formations of white nationalist and fascist movements and the offline and digital networks used to propagate their community ideologies. She has published a co-authored book, Racist Zoombombing (Routledge, 2021) that traces the racial and gendered motivations behind internet harassment campaigns.
Lisa Sugiura is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Cybercrime at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth UK, Lead for the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Research Group, and the Deputy Director of the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic. Her research focuses on online deviance, technology facilitated gender-based abuse and sexual violence. She has published on topics including the online pharmaceutical trade, phishing, online research ethics, and rape culture online. Her research projects, which include funding from the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Home Office, involve the language of cybersexism, victims of computer misuse, the use of technologies to assist marginalised women into employment, and extremist and misogynistic behaviours in incel communities. She is the author of the books: Respectable deviance and purchasing medicine online: opportunities and risks for consumers, and The incel rebellion: the rise of the manosphere and the virtual war against women.
Catherine Tebaldi is a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research uses the tools of digital ethnography and linguistic anthropology to understand women’s role in white male supremacism. Her dissertation uses digital and traditional ethnography to explore ideologies of language, gender, and education across a broad spectrum of right-wing moms, from white nationalist vloggers to conservative public school teachers. Her latest publication is #JeSuisSirCornflakes: Racialization and Resemiotizaton in French Nationalist Twitter, which looks at how spelling changes became a moral panic about white genocide. She is now working on a paper called Metapolitical Seduction: White nationalist women’s language and far-right metapolitics.
Dr Verity Trott is Lecturer in Digital Media Research at Monash University where she researches feminist and anti-feminist digital cultures. Her published research explores digital feminist activism, networked masculinities, anti-feminist backlashes (with a focus on several men’s online communities that are part of the Manosphere), and platform politics. Her work has appeared in journals including New Media & Society, Feminist Media Studies and Information, Communication & Society. She is a founding member of the Automated Society Working Group at Monash University in which she explores the social, political and cultural impacts of automation, data practices and digital cultures from a feminist standpoint.
Canton Winer is a sociology PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the relationships between gender, sexuality, and race, with specific focus on the experiences of asexual individuals (which commonly refers to those who do not experience sexual attraction). Canton’s recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Men and Masculinities, Sociological Inquiry, Sexualities, and Sociology Compass. He is also a public sociologist, and his writing has appeared on various platforms, including USA Today, the Huffington Post, and NPR.