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 at Simon Fraser University in Canada and a Research Fellow at the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence in Ireland. Dr. Scrivens conducts problem-oriented interdisciplinary research with a focus on terrorists’ and extremists' use of the Internet, right-wing terrorism and extremism, and hate crime. Many of his research projects are derived from his engagements with front-line practitioners in law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as in social media and tech companies. A hallmark of his research is employing advanced quantitative methods and machine learning tools to better understand right-wing extremists’ use of the Internet and associated technologies. He complements this approach by also conducting in-depth interviews with current and former violent extremists, as well as law enforcement and community activists. As a result, he has become a leading international expert on right-wing terrorism and extremism, known among his peers for conducting innovate and cutting-edge empirical research. Dr. Scrivens has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, and policy notes in the past five years. His recent work appears in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, New Media & Society, and Deviant Behavior. He also has book contracts with Oxford University Press and Palgrave. In addition, he has presented his findings before practitioners and policymakers at the UK Home Office in London, the Department of Defence in Ottawa, the Swedish Defence Research Agency in Stockholm, and the United Nations in New York and in Vienna. His research has been funded by Public Safety Canada, the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, and VOX-Pol. His work has also been covered by over 100 national and international media sources, including BBC News, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, and Vice News.

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


Examining Online Indicators of Extremism in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums

Year: 2021 Authors: Scrivens, R., Osuna, A.I., Chermak, S.M., Whitney, M.A., & Frank, R. Journal: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism

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