Samantha Kutner received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. She studies violent extremism, and the gender dynamics of radicalization.
In 2018, she won a research Integrity award from her institutional review board for persisting against the chilling effect.
As an independent consultant, she provides training presentations informed by her ethnographic research with Proud Boys and Antifascists.
She continues to seek ways to reduce the efficacy of extremist messaging and ensure. Her current project is the Proud Boys incident map and dashboard, a continually developing OSINT resource to inform the public of Proud Boys activity in America, Canada, Australia, and the UK.
For more on Samantha’s work:
Check out her Proud Boys incident map and dashboard.
SH!TPOST, episode 61: Tracking Proud Boys. Listen here.
Reynolds Hotbox Podcast, episode 24: Todd Felts, On Free Speech, Strat Comm and the Methods of Turning Point USA. Listen here.
Kutner, Samantha. “The call for component analyses of the saudi arabian risk reduction initiative: an examination of religious re-education’s role in the deradicalization and disengagement process”. Journal for Deradicalization, No 7 (2016). Available here.
McBride, Maureen, Samantha Kutner, Brady Edwards, and Ash Thoms. “Responding To The Whole Person: Using Empathic Listening And Responding In The Writing Center”. The Peer Review, 2018. Available here.
• The Rolling Stone
• The Daily Beast
• The Miami New Times
• The Daily Kos
• The National Observer
• Nation of Change
Panel: “Pain, Mediocrity and Rage: Ethnographic Theories of Right-Wing Male Behavior,” NCA Communicating for Survival, November 2019.
This situation report—the third in a wider series of papers exploring the use of SALW as a source of terrorism financing—will examine the acquisition, possession, and use of SALW by terrorist organisations active in West Africa and the Horn of Africa. It will investigate the extent to which SALW may represent a direct source of […]
Transnational criminal organisations have grown in importance on the international security stage since the end of the Cold War. One subset of these illicit cross-border enterprises that has garnered increasing attention is human smuggling networks. These groups are having a destabilising impact on weak and failed states throughout Africa—as well as on the destination countries […]
This paper examines various framing processes have been developed by Far Right groups specifically in response to the global health crisis brought about by the spread of COVID-19. Through an examination of statements by six Identitarian and National Socialist movement organisations issued over a two month period from late February to late April 2020 on […]