Brenna Helm

Brenna  Helm
  • PhD Candidate
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • MA 2019, Ohio University
  • BA 2017, Otterbein University
  • 138 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 432-2274


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Brenna Helm (she/her) is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on extremism, extremists’ use of the Internet, radicalization, and hate crimes. She has a particular interest in male supremacist groups, notably the incel movement, and far-right extremism. Brenna received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Otterbein University and her M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University. Her recent work has appeared in the Journal of Crime and Justice and in Critical Criminology.


The Role of Perceived Injustice and Need for Esteem on Incel Membership Online

Year: 2022 Authors: Liggett-O'Malley, R. & Helm, B. Journal: Deviant Behavior

Examining an Incel Subculture on Reddit

Year: 2022 Authors: Helm, B., Scrivens, R., Holt, T.J., Chermak, S.M., & Frank, R. Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice

’A Human Being Like Other Victims’: The Media Framing of Trans Homicide in the United States

Year: 2021 Authors: DeJong, C., Holt, K., Helm, B., & Morgan, S. Journal: Critical Criminology

Electric Hookups: An analytical review of the literature on the risks related to hookup app use among emerging adults (Book Chapter In Recent Advances in Digital Media Impacts on Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships)

Year: 2020 Authors: Helm, B., Vander Ven, T., & Wesler, H.T. Publisher: IGI Global