Concordia University

Ryan Scrivens, PhD

Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, Concordia University


Office:             S-FG 6205
                        Faubourg Ste-Catherine Building
                        1610 St. Catherine W.
Phone:            (514) 848-2424 ext. 8936


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. Ryan is also a Research Associate at the International CyberCrime Research Centre at Simon Fraser University, Visiting Researcher at the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, and the Associate Theses Research Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism. His primary research interests include: right-wing extremism, hate/bias crime, countering violent extremism, and research methods and methodology.

Ryan has been studying right-wing extremism for the past six years and was co-author of a three-year study - funded by Public Safety Canada - on the right-wing extremist movement in Canada, which involved interviews with Canadian law enforcement, community activists, and right-wing activists. This study was well-received by scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners, and thus garnered him a national and international reputation as a leading expert on right-wing extremism in Canada. His work has been covered by an array of national and international media sources in the past year, including BBC News, The New York Times, Vice News, CBC News, The Globe and Mail, and National Post. He’s also presented his findings before the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, and the Centre of Excellence for National Security in Singapore.


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

Mirrlees, T., Scrivens, R., & Perry, B. (Forthcoming, 2018). You-Tubing White Power Music: An Exploration of Hate Anthems Online. Journal of Radical Criminology.

Perry, B. & Scrivens, R. (Forthcoming, 2018). 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, 2018: Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

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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