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 a Visiting Researcher at the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, a Research Associate at the International CyberCrime Research Centre at Simon Fraser University, and the Associate Editor for Theses of Perspectives on Terrorism.

Dr. Scrivens conducts problem-oriented, interdisciplinary research, with a focus on the local, national, and international threat of terrorism, violent extremism, and hatred as it evolves on- and offline. His primary research interests include 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 research can be found in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Deviant Behavior, and Critical Criminology, amongst others. His research has been funded by Public Safety Canada, the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, and VOX-Pol. He has presented his findings before the Swedish Defence Research Agency in Stockholm, the Centre of Excellence for National Security in Singapore, and the United Nations in New York City and Vienna. His work has also been featured in over 100 new stories (television, radio, and print) and covered by an array of national and international media sources, including BBC News, The New York Times, and Vice News.

Current Research

  • A comparison of the online and offline behaviors of violent and non-violent extremists
  • The impact of offline social events on the online discourse of the extreme right
  • The role of former extremists in combating violent extremism

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


Right-Wing Extremism in Canda

Year: 2019 Authors: Perry, B., & Scrivens, R. Publisher: Palgrave

Measuring the Evolution of Radical Right-Wing Posting Behaviors Online

Year: 2018 Authors: Scrivens, R., Davies, G., & Frank, R. Journal: Deviant Behavior

"Confrontational But Not Violent": An Assessment of the Potential for Violence by the Anti-Authority Community in Canada

Year: 2018 Authors: Perry, B., Hofmann, D., & Scrivens, R. Journal: Terrorism and Political Violence

A Climate for Hate? An Exploration of the Right-Wing Extremist Landscape in Canada

Year: 2018 Authors: Perry, B., & Scrivens, R. Journal: Critical Criminology

Searching for Signs of Extremism on the Web: An Introduction to Sentiments-Based Identification of Radical Authors

Year: 2017 Authors: Scrivens, R., Davies G., & Frank, R. Journal: Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression