Concordia University

Ryan Scrivens, PhD

Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, Concordia University


Office:            GA 2.125
                       Grey Nuns Annex
                       1211 Saint Mathieu Street


Ryan Scrivens is a Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University, working with Project SOMEONE to build resilience against hatred and radicalization leading to violent extremism, both on- and offline. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, an Associate Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism, the Coordinator of the Canadian Network of Ph.D. Theses Writers at the Terrorism Research Initiative, and a Research Associate at the International CyberCrime Research Centre (ICCRC) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). In August 2019, he will be joining the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU) as an Assistant Professor.

Ryan’s primary research interests include terrorists’ and extremists’ use of the Internet, right-wing terrorism and extremism, preventing and countering violent extremism, hate crime, research methods and methodology, and computational social science. His research can be found in, amongst others, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Deviant Behavior, and Critical Criminology. Ryan has presented his research before the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Swedish Defence Research Agency in Stockholm, and the Centre of Excellence for National Security in Singapore. His research has been funded by Public Safety Canada and Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). His work has also been featured in over 100 new stories (television, radio, print) and covered by an array of national and international media sources, including BBC News, The New York Times, and CBC News.


Doctor of Philosophy, Criminology, Simon Fraser University (2013-2017)
Master of Arts, Criminology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2009-2011)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Criminology and Justice, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2007-2009)
Ontario College Diploma, Law and Security Administration, Durham College (2004-2007)

Courses Taught

Research Methods in Criminology (Simon Fraser University)

Relevant Publications

Scrivens, R., & Conway, M. (Forthcoming). The Roles of ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Media Tools and Technologies in the Facilitation of Violent Extremism and Terrorism. In T. J. Holt & R. Leukfeldt (Eds.), Understanding the Human Factor of Cybercrime. New York: Routledge.

Scrivens, R., & Amarasingam, A. (Forthcoming). Haters Gonna “Like”: Exploring Canadian Far-Right Extremism on Facebook. In M. Littler & B. Lee (Eds.), The New Extremism: Readings in Violence Radicalisation and Extremism in the Digital Space. London: Palgrave (Cybercrime Series).

Scrivens, R., Gaudette, T., Davies, G., & Frank, R. (Forthcoming). Searching for Extremist Content Online using The Dark Crawler and Sentiment Analysis. In M. Deflem & D. M. D. Silva (Eds.), Methods of Criminology and Criminal Justice Research. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Perry, B. & Scrivens, R. (Forthcoming). Who’s a Terrorist? What’s Terrorism? Comparative Media Representations of Lone-Actor Violence in Canada. In J. Littlewood, L. Dawson, & S. Thompson (Eds.), Canada Among Nations: Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Scrivens, R., & Bouchard, M. (2019). 21st-Century Crimes: Cybercrime and Terrorism. In N. Boyd (Ed.), Understanding Crime in Canada, Second Edition (pp. 423-446). Toronto: Emond Publishing.

Perry, B., Hofmann, D. C., & Scrivens, R. (2019). Anti-Authority and Militia Movements in Canada. Journal of Intelligence Conflict and Warfare, 1(3), 1-30.

Scrivens, R., Davies, G., & Frank, R. (2018). Measuring the Evolution of Radical Right-Wing Posting Behaviors Online. Deviant Behavior. Ahead of Print.

Perry, B., Hofmann, D. C., & Scrivens, R. (2018). “Confrontational but Not Violent”: An Assessment of the Potential for Violence by the Anti-Authority Community in Canada. Terrorism and Political Violence. Ahead of Print.

Perry, B., Mirrlees. T., & Scrivens, R. (2018). The Dangers of Porous Borders: The “Trump Effect” in Canada. Journal of Hate Studies, 14(1), 53-75.

Perry, B., & Scrivens, R. (2018). A Climate for Hate? An Exploration of the Right-Wing Extremist Landscape in Canada. Critical Criminology, 26(2), 169-187.

Perry, B., Hofmann, D. C, & Scrivens, R. (2017). Broadening our Understanding of Anti-Authority Movements in Canada. The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) Working Paper.

Scrivens, R. & Perry, B. (2017). Resisting the Right: Countering Right-Wing Extremism in Canada. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 59(4), 534-558.

Scrivens, R., Davies, G., & Frank, R. (2017). Searching for Signs of Extremism on the Web: An Introduction to Sentiment-based Identification of Radical Authors. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Ahead of Print.

Perry, B. & Scrivens, R. (2017). The Maturation of Hate Crime Scholarship. In P. Bean (Ed.), Hate Crime: Critical Concepts in Criminology (pp. 1-42). London: Routledge.

Figea, L., Kaati, L., & Scrivens, R. (2016). Measuring Online Affects in a White Supremacy Forum. In Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI).

Scrivens, R., & Frank, R. (2016). Sentiment-based Classification of Radical Text on the Web. In Proceedings of the 2016 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC).

Perry, B. & Scrivens, R. (2016). White Pride Worldwide: Constructing Global Identities Online. In J. Schweppe & M. Walters (Eds.), The Globalisation of Hate: Internationalising Hate Crime (pp. 65-78). New York: Oxford University Press.

Perry, B. & Scrivens, R. (2016). Uneasy Alliances: A Look at the Right-Wing Extremist Movement in Canada. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 39(9), 819-841.

Scrivens, R., Davies, G., Frank, R., & Mei, J. (2015). Sentiment-based Identification of Radical Authors (SIRA). In Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE ICDM Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI).

Perry, B. & Scrivens, R. (2015). Right-Wing Extremism in Canada: An Environmental Scan. Public Safety Canada.

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