Ryan Scrivens

Ryan  Scrivens
  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2017, Simon Fraser University
  • MA 2011, Ontario Tech University
  • BA 2009, Ontario Tech University
  • 432 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


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Ryan Scrivens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He is also an Associate Director at the International CyberCrime Research Centre (ICCRC) at Simon Fraser University, a Research Fellow at the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, and an Associate Fellow at the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET). Ryan conducts problem-oriented interdisciplinary research with a focus on terrorists' and extremists' use of the Internet, right-wing terrorism and extremism, combating violent extremism, hate crime, research methods and methodology, and computational social science. His recent work appears in Terrorism and Political Violence, New Media & Society, and Deviant Behavior. He has presented his findings before the Swedish Defense Research Agency in Stockholm, the Centre of Excellence for National Security in Singapore, and the United Nations in New York City and Vienna. His research has been funded by Public Safety Canada, the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), and VOX-Pol. His work has also been featured in over 100 news stories (television, radio, and print) and covered by an array of national and international media sources.

Current Research

  • Online and offline behaviors of violent and non-violent right-wing extremists
  • Developmental pathways of online posting behaviors of the extreme right
  • The impact of central offline events on extreme right-wing mobilization online

Areas of Expertise

  • Terrorists' and Extremists' Use of the Internet and Technology
  • Right-Wing Terrorism and Extremism
  • Combating Violent Extremism
  • Hate Crime
  • Computational Social Science


Comparing the Online Posting Behaviors of Violent and Non-Violent Right-Wing Extremists

Year: 2021 Authors: Scrivens, R., Wojciechowski, T.W., Freilich, J.D., Chermak, S.M., & Frank, R. Journal: Terrorism and Political Violence

Examining the Developmental Pathways of Online Posting Behavior in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums

Year: 2020 Authors: Scrivens, R., Wojciechowski, T.W., & Frank, R. Journal: Terrorism and Political Violence

Upvoting Extremism: Collective Identity Formation and the Extreme Right on Reddit

Year: 2020 Authors: Gaudette, T., Scrivens, R., Davies, G., & Frank, R. Journal: New Media & Society

Triggered by Defeat or Victory? Assessing the Impact of Presidential Election Results on Extreme Right-Wing Mobilization Online

Year: 2020 Authors: Scrivens, R., Burruss, G.W., Holt, T.J., Chermak, S.M., Freilich, J.D., &  Frank, R. Journal: Deviant Behavior

The Role of the Internet in Facilitating Violent Extremism: Insights from Former Right-Wing Extremists

Year: 2020 Authors: Gaudette, T., Scrivens, R., & Venkatesh, V. Journal: Terrorism and Political Violence