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Samantha Walther

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Samantha Walther was a Program Coordinator for the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Nichols College, with previous experience researching policy and criminal justice issues at domestic and international levels. Sam received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Hamilton College in 2018 and a Master of Science in Counterterrorism from Nichols College in 2020. Previous research topics include a field study in Sweden on criminal justice reform and immigration, civil liberties violations of Muslim-Americans since 9/11, as well as work on the Nuremberg Trials and human rights which was awarded the 2017 Raphael Lemkin Essay Prize on the Practice of Genocide. At the American Counterterrorism Targeting and Resilience Institute, Sam researches the role of women in right-wing extremist groups and movements, with a comparative focus lens on the role of women in both right-wing and Islamist groups. She also explores the trends of the left-wing, militant jihadi, and far-right presence online.

PERSPECTIVE: QAnon, the Spread of Disinformation, and Conspiracy-Based Radicalization

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QAnon has not shown any concrete signs of slowing down and continues to engage with new lines of conspiracy thinking to attract followers.

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The Evolution of Far-Right Extremism Online Post-2015 in the United States

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There was also large evidence of groupthink dynamics occurring online. When one individual hinted toward violence, it often led to others arguing for even further damage.

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