Samantha Kutner

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.

As an independent consultant she provides training presentations informed by her ethnographic research with Proud Boys and Antifascists.

As a public academic Samantha seeks ways to reduce the efficacy of extremist messaging and ensure accurate, responsible coverage of the Proud Boys.

Her research has been published in the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism Studies in the Hague and referenced in the Rolling Stone, Truth or Fiction, Miami New Times, The Daily Beast, and Nation of Change. 

She is currently dedicated to the Hate-Map project, a continually developing OSINT resource to inform the public about the global far right violence. Samantha’s focus is on Proud Boys activity in America, Canada, Australia, and the UK. 

Previous publications

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.


Featured Work

Proud boys

SFS | Georgetown Journal of
International Affairs

Take the Redpill: Understanding the Allure of Conspiratorial Thinking among Proud Boys


knprKNPR's State of Nevada

'The Largest Terror Threat Facing the U.S.'

Proud Boys

The Hague

Swiping Right: The Allure of Hyper Masculinity and Cryptofascism for Men Who Join the Proud Boys


National Observer

Hate groups mix with yellow vests on 'front line' of extremism in Canada


“Pain, Mediocrity and Rage: Ethnographic Theories of Right-Wing Male Behavior,”

NCA Communicating for Survival, November 2019.

"The Largest Terror Threat Facing the U.S."

KNPR’s State of Nevada, July, 2020.

"Racism and Anti-Racism in Reno."

University of Nevada, Reno, September, 2020.

Podcast Episodes

SH!TPOST Podcast

episode 61: Tracking Proud Boys.

I Don’t Speak German

episode 20: Gavin, Goad, and Edgelord Comedy

Yeah Nah Pasaran

Episode 27 Samantha Kutner on Proud Boys

The Loopcast

June 28, 2020: Samantha Kutner discusses the Proud Boys and her article

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