Allysa Czerwinsky

Allysa Czerwinsky


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Allysa is a President's Doctoral Scholar and current PhD candidate in Criminology. Since beginning her academic career, she's focused the bulk of her research into misogynist incels and the insights gleaned from their behaviour online. Her current work traces the narratives present in the stories posted to several high-profile incel forums, with the aim of uncovering how these stories help legitimise instances of identity-based harm and provide additional knowledge about the pathways into - and out of - inceldom. A critical review of incel-focused research from her doctoral work was recently published in Crime, Media, Culture
(2023), with additional publications in the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence (2nd Edition) and the Routledge Handbook of Conflict and Peacebuilding Communication forthcoming in 2024. She currently teaches undergraduates on the Trust and Security in a Digital World course offered by Manchester's University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL), and postgraduates on the MSc in Security and Resilience at the Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST), Imperial College London. 

Research interests

Allysa's research interests centre on the complex interplays between technology, harm, and violence, with a specific focus on male supremacist and extremist groups operating in the online sphere, identity-based harm, and gender-based violence. Alongside this, she's interested in ethical approaches to conducting research in public-facing online spaces, and adopts an intersectional feminist praxis in her work. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, Understanding misogynistic attitudes in the incel community: Discussions of women on the website, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Nov 2020

Bachelor of Arts, Entering ‘ugly virgin loser’ territory: A deep dive into the incel community on, Carleton University

Award Date: 30 Apr 2019

External positions

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Imperial College London

1 Oct 2022 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


  • Misogynist incels
  • Critical criminology
  • Online extremism
  • Gender-based violence
  • Netnography
  • Qualitative research


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