Ashley Mattheis

Ashley A. Mattheis is a doctoral candidate in communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctoral fellow at the Center for Analysis of the Radical Right. Her research brings together cultural and media studies, feminist theory and rhetoric to analyze the material effects of cultural production and consumption. Her current projects explore ways that online platforms are used to promote and mainstream extremist ideologies and divisive practices, particularly through discourses predicated on gendered logics. She is the author of “Shieldmaidens of Whiteness: (Alt)Maternalism and Women Recruiting for the Far/Alt-Right,” in the Journal for Deradicalization (2018).

How the Radical Right Is Appropriating Feminism

June 04, 2020

In the United States, common narratives circulated by the radical right and right-wing extremists about the coronavirus pandemic include racist, anti-Asian stories of the virus’ origination, xenophobic calls to close all borders as well as “liberation” protests that argue that government shutdowns are meant to strip people of their rights...

Understanding Digital Hate Culture

August 14, 2019

Online radical-right extremist groups exhibit a massive range of ideological stances and approaches, which vary from country to country. These include the affirmed political stances of alt-right groups, the social movement-like practices of groups like Generation Identity, and the violent, homicidal actions of those like Atomwaffen Division (linked to the...