about me

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I am currently an Assistant Professor of Advocacy and Social Change in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. I am a senior fellow with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, where I head the Gender Research Unit and I am also a fellow/expert with the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism.


Broadly speaking, I study how online hate groups maintain and sustain their communities by navigating the constraints and affordances of digital infrastructure. Simply explained, I study how these communities respond to things like platform censorship and bans to understand how they manage to persist despite attempts to thwart them.

My research areas are in digital culture, online social movements, masculinity and race, misinformation/disinformation and conspiracy theories, collective identity, science and technology studies, and knowledge production. 


In my work, I use computational research approaches and qualitative methods, particularly online ethnography. To frame my research, I use theories and approaches from anthropology, feminist and critical race studies, cultural studies, STS, communication, and social movement studies. 

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