IRMS Co-Founder Alex DiBranco on women, misogyny, and the Proud Boys.
Simon Copland on deplatforming, Gab, and Parler.
Katie Furl in Bitch Media on pro-Ana, incels, and the incessant policing of women’s bodies.
MEDIA BY OUR EXPERTS
“Numbers Game: Pro-Ana, Incels, and the Incessant Policing of Women’s Bodies.” Katie Furl for Bitch Media. February 23, 2021.
“Twitter’s Trump ban could worsen online extremism.” Simon Copland for Canberra Times. January 14, 2021.
“Trump still enjoys huge support among evangelical voters — and it’s not only because of abortion.” Josh Roose for The Conversation. October 29, 2020.
“The biggest threats to American democracy? White nationalists and politicians who embrace them.” Sophie Bjork-James for The Los Angeles Times. October 10, 2020.
“The Proud Boys Are Standing By.” Julia DeCook for Rantt Media. October 7, 2020.
“The Proud Boys are a far-right gang. Trump boosted them on national TV.” Shannon E. Reid and Matthew Valasik for The Guardian. October 3, 2020.
“Mothers for QAnon.” Annie Kelly for The New York Times. September 10, 2020.
“QAnon has gone from fringe conspiracy to full-blown cult.” Julia DeCook for openDemocracy. September 9, 2020.
“The Other Epidemic: White Supremacists in Law Enforcement.” Simon Purdue for openDemocracy. August 6, 2020.
“What are we talking about when we talk about a crisis in masculinity.” Simon Copland for Demos. July 24, 2020.
“Reddit removes millions of pro-Trump posts. But advertisers, not values, rule the day.” Simon Copland for The Conversation. July 1, 2020.
“Just Like Earl: William Luther Pierce and the Hero Complex of Far-Right Masculinity.” Simon Purdue for The Activist History Review. June 29, 2020.
“Why are white supremacists protesting the deaths of black people?” Matthew Valasik and Shannon Reid for The Conversation. June 5, 2020.
“How the Radical Right Is Appropriating Feminism.” Ashley Mattheis for Fair Observer. June 4, 2020.
“Trump’s New Rule Governing College Sex Assault Is Nearly Impossible for Survivors to Use. That’s the Point.” Nicole Bedera for TIME Politics. May 14, 2020.
“Why are white supremacists protesting to ‘reopen’ the US economy?” Shannon Reid and Matthew Valasik for The Conversation. April 28, 2020.
“Coronavirus has led to an explosion of new words and phrases—and that helps us cope.” Robert Lawson for The Conversation. April 28, 2020.
“Quarantined Radicals: Right-Wing Extremism In The Age Of COVID-19.” Julia DeCook for Rantt Media. April 16, 2020.
“Who Goes Alt-Right in a Lockdown?” Annie Kelly for The New York Times. April 7, 2020.
“Coronavirus and the Radical Right: Conspiracy, Disinformation, and Xenophobia.” Julia DeCook for the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and Open Democracy. March 19, 2020.
“Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy.” Simon Purdue for Fair Observer. February 18, 2020.
“The Long History of the Anti-Abortion Movement’s Links to White Supremacists.” Alex DiBranco for The Nation. February 3, 2020.
“Great Little Men: Why the Alt-Right Begs for Money.” Greta Jasser for Fair Observer. November 21, 2019.
“Toxic Masculinity and Lone Wolf Radicalization.” Simon Purdue for Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. November 21, 2019.
“Understanding Digital Hate Culture.” Ashley Mattheis for Fair Observer and Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right. August 19, 2019.
“How do you prevent extremism?” Simon Copland for BBC Future. May 1, 2019.
“White nationalist groups are really street gangs, and law enforcement needs to treat them that way.” Matthew Valasik and Shannon Reid for The Conversation. December 4, 2018.
“The daily use of Gab is climbing. Which talker might become as violent as the Pittsburgh synagogue gunman?” Matthew Phillips, Arunkumar Bagavathi, Shannon E. Reid, Matthew Valasik, and Siddarth Krishnan for The Washington Post. November 28, 2018.
“Are men’s movements a new form of terrorism?” Josh Roose for ABC News Australia. November 24, 2018.
“The terror of masculinity: It’s violent extremism and terrorism.” Josh Roose for Deccan Chronicle. August 22, 2018.
“To Deter Violence, Let’s Treat Alt-Right Groups as Street Gangs.” Shannon Reid and Matthew Valasik for The Crime Report. August 14, 2018.
“Ideological masculinity that drives violence against women is a form of violent extremism.” Josh Roose for The Conversation. July 11, 2018.
“The Good Men Project: “The Gods and Monsters of Incelistan” Julia DeCook and Anders Wallace. June 19, 2018.
“How Does the Literary Canon Reinforce the Logic of the Incel?” Erin Spampinato for The Guardian. June 4, 2018.
“The Housewives of White Supremacy.” Annie Kelly for The New York Times. June 1, 2018.
“The Alt-Right: Reactionary Rehabilitation for White Masculinity.” Annie Kelly for Eurozine. September 15, 2017.
“The alt-right hates women as much as it hates people of colour, The Guardian.” Matthew Lyons for The Guardian. May 2, 2017.
MEDIA COVERAGE OF OUR EXPERTS
“Woman charged in Capitol melee says Proud Boys recruited her.” Alex DiBranco for The Associated Press. February 16, 2021.
“One reason QAnon won’t go away any time soon? It’s infiltrated mom groups.” Annie Kelly for SFGate. February 3, 2021.
“Experts Say QAnon Likely To Keep Evolving Even Without Trump In Office.” Sophie Bjork-James for Aol. January 28, 2021.
“2020, the year QAnon aligned with the UK’s fears.” Annie Kelly for Full Fact. December 23, 2020.
“The great replacement theory and the dangers of believing that white people are becoming a minority.” Annie Kelly for Metro. December 18, 2020.
“Children central to technology-facilitated abuse in domestic violence cases.” Molly Dragiewicz for Griffith News. December 17, 2020.
“Why So Many Men Stuck With Trump In 2020.” Emily Carian for FiveThirtyEight. December 9, 2020.
“The Secret Internet of TERFs.” Luc Cousineau for The Atlantic. December 8, 2020.
“The threat of white nationalism in the wake of the 2020 election.” Sophie Bjork-James for CGTN America. November 17, 2020.
“Alek Minassian: Killer’s trial exposes cult of angry virgins.” Alex DiBranco and Ashley Mattheis for The Sunday Times. November 14, 2020.
“‘Freedom Movement’: Why people are still protesting despite the easing of lockdown rules.” Josh Roose for The Sunday Morning Herald. November 13, 2020.
“Why Donald Trump appears to have won over more non-white voters this election.” Josh Roose for SBS News. November 6, 2020.
“The divided states of America: Can the US heal the scars left by a chaotic presidential election?” Josh Roose for SBS News. November 5, 2020.
“QAnon’s ‘Save the Children’ morphs into popular slogan.” Sophie Bjork-James for The Associated Press. October 28, 2020.
“Mobilizing Misogyny in the Service of Authoritarianism.” Alex DiBranco for Political Research Associates. October 15, 2020.
“YouTube follows Twitter and Facebook with QAnon crackdown.” Sophie Bjork-James for The Associated Press. October 15, 2020.
“How Men’s Rights Activists Swallowed the World.” Ashley Mattheis for Jezebel. October 13, 2020.
“Incel Culture and Deplatforming.” Julia DeCook for Right Rising by the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. October 13, 2020.
“Following an Etsy ban, QAnon merch is still readily available on online marketplaces.” Annie Kelly for Glossy. October 12, 2020.
“Incels, online misogyny and gender-based terrorism.” Alex DiBranco for The Tech Against Terrorism Podcast. October 2, 2020.
“Expert: Hate group ‘Proud Boys’ part of Trump base.” Julia DeCook for The Associated Press. October 1, 2020.
“Facebook, Twitter flounder in QAnon crackdown.” Sophie Bjork-James for The Associated Press. October 1, 2020.
“How ‘Save the Children’ Is Keeping QAnon Alive.” Annie Kelly for The New York Times. September 28, 2020.
“Why are so many women falling for the QAnon conspiracy theory?” Annie Kelly for CBS News. September 23, 2020.
“Understanding the Multifaceted Far-Right Movement.” Matthew Lyons for A Public Affair. September 17, 2020.
“Why does COVID-19 attract conspiracy theories?” Josh Roose for The Minefield. September 9, 2020.
“Roy Den Hollander was entrenched in ‘anti-feminist’ male supremacy movement.” Alex DiBranco for NBC News. July 22, 2020.
“Why we’ve created new language for coronavirus.” Robert Lawson for The BBC. May 24, 2020.
“Under the Blacklight: Mobilizing Whiteness to ‘Re-Open America.'” Alex DiBranco for African American Policy Forum. May 7, 2020.
“Facebook delete group where young men allegedly shared revenge porn.” Josh Roose for The Age. April 17, 2020.
“COVID-19’s Bigotry Epicenters: Asian And Jewish Americans.” Julia DeCook for Rantt Media. April 15, 2020.
“Grove Hall.” Simon Purdue for People’s History Podcast. February 26, 2020.
“Violent misogyny is a threat to half our population. We need to call it what it is: Terrorism.” Josh Roose for The Globe and Mail. November 30, 2019.
“Fascism and the Far-Right.” Matthew Lyons for Treyf Podcast. October 31, 2019.
“Toxic Masculinity Is Also a Problem on the Left.” Paper Mag. September 20, 2019.
“‘It Gets to You.’ Extremism Researchers Confront the Unseen Toll of Their Work.” Hannah Allam for NPR. September 20, 2019.
“To Learn About the Far Right, Start With the ‘Manosphere.’” Helen Lewis for The Atlantic. August 7, 2019.
“The Danger of the Trumped-Up Men’s Rights Movement.” Stephanie Russell-Kraft for Ms. Magazine. August 5, 2019.
“Misogyny, Male Supremacy and Men’s Rights: Anti-Woman Hate Is Spreading Online.” Kim Johnson and Dallas Williams for Texas Public Radio. July 15, 2019.
Pierce Dignam and Deana Rohlinger at Florida State University analysed 1,762 posts left on the anti-feminist Reddit forum the Red Pill. In a new paper published this month, they describe how the forum abandoned its original apolitical stance in the run-up to the election and instead radicalised its members to support Trump’s candidacy.
“How angry men’s rights activists online helped propel Trump to victory.” Open Democracy. April 2019, 2019.
In a 2018 study, researchers Emily K. Carian and Tagart Cain Sobotka found that men who felt their masculinity was threatened flocked to Trump because of his masculine qualities.
“The Rise of Misogynistic Online Forums and Their Increasing Politicization.” Science Times. April 20, 2019.
“How groups like Proud Boys have a lot in common with radical Islam.” Josh Roose for ABC News Australia. November 22, 2018.
“Why Is Barnes & Noble Helping Antisemitic Male Supremacist Roosh Make Money?” Hatewatch, Southern Poverty Law Center. November 15, 2018.
“Interview: Annie Kelly.” Simon Copland for “Queers.” October 10, 2018.
“The Incel Mind: As If Hating Women Will Get You a Girlfriend.” Clarence Page for Chicago Tribune. May 4, 2018.
“Inside the ‘Incel’ Movement Inspiring Mass Violence Against Women.” Katelyn Marmon and Kira Brekke for Think Progress. April 29, 2018.
“The Virulently Misogynistic Online Community Linked to the Toronto Van Attack Suspect.” Luke Barnes for Think Progress. April 24, 2018.
“Have Brexit and Trump Changed The Languages People Are Learning?” Robert Lawson for Babbel Magazine. April 23, 2018.
“The Rise of Male Supremacist Groups: How Age-Old Misogyny Morphed into an Explicit Ideology of Hate.” Stephanie Russell-Kraft for The New Republic. April 4, 2018.
“Male Supremacy.” Extremist Files, Southern Poverty Law Center. 2018.
“A Chorus of Violence: Jack Donovan and the Organizing Power of Male Supremacy.” Hatewatch, Southern Poverty Law Center. March 27, 2017.
REPORTS & JOURNAL ARTICLES BY OUR EXPERTS
“Anti-Politics in Australia.” Simon Copland for Journal of Australian Political Economy. Summer 2020/21.
“Reddit quarantined: can changing platform affordances reduce hateful material online?” Simon Copland for Internet Policy Review. October 21, 2020.
“Gab.com: The Pro-Trump Alternative to Social Media.” Greta Jasser for e-Extreme. October 2020.
“Speaking Post-Truth to Power.” Catherine Tebaldi for Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies. September 29, 2020.
““#Je Suis Sir Cornflakes”: Racialization and Resemiotization in French Nationalist Twitter.” Catherine Tebaldi for International Journal of the Sociology of Language. September 11, 2020.
“Banlieues to the Suburbs: Language education and linguistic gentrification.” Catherine Tebaldi for Anthropology and Education Quarterly. 2020.
“Semiotics of Transgression: Authentication and Denaturalization in Youth Language.” Catherine Tebaldi. 2020.
“Global-local dynamics in anti-feminist discourses: an analysis of Indian, Russian and US online communities.” Ann-Kathrin Rothermel for International Affairs. September 1, 2020.
“‘The Other Side’: Assessing the Polarization of Gender Knowledge Through a Feminist Analysis of the Affective-Discursive in Anti-Feminist Online Communities.” Ann-Kathrin Rothermel for Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society. August 30, 2020.
“Die Manosphere: Die Rolle von digitalen Gemeinschaften und regressiven Bewegungsdynamiken für on- und offline Antifeminismus.” Ann-Kathrin Rothermel for Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen. August 2020.
“Examining the Physical Manifestation of Alt-Right Gangs: From Online Trolling to Street Fighting.” Shannon E. Reid, Matthew Valasik, and Arunkumar Bagavathi in Gangs in the Era of Internet and Social Media. August 2020.
“Distinguishing between aggression in groups and in gangs: Are gangs always violent?” Matthew Valasik and Shannon E. Reid in The Handbook of Collective Violence: Current Developments and Understandings. July 2020.
“Sex-Based Harassment and Symbolic Compliance.” Jessica Cabrera for Annual Review of Law and Social Science. June 8, 2020.
“Male supremacism and the Hanau terrorist attack: between online misogyny and far-right violence.” Greta Jasser, Megan Kelly, and Ann-Kathrin Rothermel for the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. May 20, 2020.
“Setting the Record Straight: Conservative Populism, Swampiness, and Journalistic Practice.” Meredith L. Pruden for Communication, Culture and Critique. March 2020.
“Male Supremacist Terrorism as a Rising Threat.” Alex DiBranco for the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. February 10, 2020.
“Researching young men and family formation: two stories.” Simon Copland for Men and Masculinities. January 23, 2020.
“Language and Masculinities: History, Development, and Future.” Robert Lawson in Annual Review of Linguistics. January 2020.
“Under His Eye: Mediated Misogyny in the Era of Global Conservative Populism.” Meredith L. Pruden in Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump. December 2019.
“The First Anti-Feminist Massacre: A Reckoning with Misogynist Terrorism on the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Mass Shooting.” Alex DiBranco for Political Research Associates. December 6, 2019.
“Memes and symbolic violence: #proudboys and the use of memes for propaganda and the construction of collective identity.” Julia DeCook in Learning, Media, and Technology. November 10, 2019.
“How Deep Does the Rabbit Hole Go? The “Wonderland” of r/TheRedPill and Its Ties to White Supremacy.” Julia DeCook in b2o. November 8, 2019.
“Anti-politics and global climate inaction: the case of the Australian carbon tax.” Simon Copland for Critical Sociology. October 23, 2019.
“For whom the bell tolls: Memeing the French landscape on Instagram.” Meredith L. Pruden in Vista. September 2019.
“Valorizing Trump’s Masculine Self: Constructing Political Allegiance during the 2016 Presidential Election.” Pierce Dignam et al. in Men and Masculinities. September 4, 2019.
“Gender politics and discourses of #mansplaining, #manspreading, and #manterruption on Twitter.” Robert Lawson and Ursula Lutzky in Social Media + Society. July 27, 2019.
“Misogynistic Men Online: How the Red Pill Helped Elect Trump.” Pierce Alexander Dignam and Deana A. Rohlinger in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Spring 2019.
“Shieldmaidens of Whiteness: (Alt)Maternalism and Women Recruiting for the Far/Alt-Right.” Ashley Mattheis in Journal for Deradicalization. December 28, 2018.
“The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey and the limitations of vulnerability-based politics.” Simon Copland for Australian Feminist Studies. September 25, 2019.
“The Schrödinger’s Cat of Gang Groups: Can Street Gangs Inform Our Comprehension of Skinheads and Alt-Right Groups?” Matthew Valasik and Shannon E. Reid in Deviant Behavior. May 30, 2018.
“Alt-Right Gangs and White Power Youth Groups.” Matthew Valasik and Shannon E. Reid in Oxford Bibliographies. May 24, 2018.
“Ctrl+ALT-RIGHT: reinterpreting our knowledge of white supremacy groups through the lens of street gangs.” Matthew Valasik and Shannon E. Reid in Journal of Youth Studies. April 25, 2018.
“Playing the Trump Card: Masculinity Threat and the U.S. 2016 Presidential Election.” Emily K. Carian and Tagart Cain Sobotka in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. March 30, 2018.
“The infantilized researcher and research subject: ethics, consent and risk.” Simon Copland for Qualitative Research. September 26, 2017.
“Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The Origins and Ideology of the Alternative Right.” Matthew N. Lyons for Political Research Associates. January 20, 2017.
“Not getting a word in edgeways? Language, gender and identity in a British comedy panel show.” Robert Lawson and Ursula Lutzky in Discourse, Context & Media. September 2016.
““Don’t even [θ/f/h]ink aboot it”: An ethnographic investigation of social meaning, social identity and (θ) variation in Glasgow.” Robert Lawson in English World-Wide. January 2014.
“The construction of ‘tough’ masculinity: Negotiation, alignment and rejection.” Robert Lawson in Gender and Language. October 2013.
“Patterns of Linguistic Variation among Glaswegian Adolescent Males.” Robert Lawson in Journal of Sociolinguistics. April 2011.