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.
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