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.
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.
Chelsea Ebin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where she teaches courses in the American Politics subfield. Her research primarily focuses on Right-wing coalition-building and institutional development. 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. In addition to this work, Chelsea has also written about religious freedom and competing rights claims (i.e. the perceived right to discriminate on the basis of one’s personal religious belief), 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. Chelsea received her Ph.D. in Politics from the New School for Social Research in 2018.
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.
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.
Greta Jasser is a PhD student at the Center for the Study of Democracy, and a Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Fellow at the Institute for Political Science at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Her PhD analyses US far-right online networks across webpages, social media, alt-tech platforms and. She is particularly interested in young movements like the alt-right, their ideological syncretism and the cross-fertilization with misogynist groups and male supremacism.