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 also a senior fellow with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, where I also head the Gender and Extremism research unit and am a fellow with the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism.


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

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


In my work, I use computational research approaches and qualitative methods, especially 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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