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.
An interview with Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges David van Weel, and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Clare Hutchinson What key emerging security challenges (particularly related to terrorism) are currently being focused on at NATO? What initiatives are NATO prioritising in response to these? David Van Weel […]
President Joe Biden released his Interim National Security Strategic Guidance last month. Counter-terrorism has been replaced by the threat posed by traditional state actors, such as China and Russia, as well as a looming climate crisis as the main challenge facing the United States today. A review of past practices and a refocusing of priorities, as opposed to big commitments, seem to characterise the new president’s counter-terrorism strategy.
This report presents the main findings of ICCT’s year-long research project on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) as a source of terrorism financing. Chapters 2 and 3 take a regional focus and explore this phenomenon in respectively West Africa and the Middle East. Chapter 4 then investigates the possible role that DDR programmes can […]