Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Julia DeCook, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Advocacy and Social Change

Office #:  Lewis Towers 902

Phone: 312.955.6919


CV Link: DeCook, Julia - CV

External Webpage: http://www.julesopolis.com


Julia DeCook is an Assistant Professor of Advocacy and Social Change in the School of Communication. Her work focuses on the ways that extremist political and social movements (the far right and the Manosphere) navigate digital platforms and infrastructure. In her research, she utilizes discourse analysis and qualitative and computational methods to examine their practices in navigating the constraints of digital spaces. In addition, she examines platform governance and policies, disinformation and conspiracy theories, and the intersections of gender and race within online hate movements.

Before joining the School of Communication, Dr. DeCook finished her doctoral studies at Michigan State University in the Media and Information Studies program (now Information and Media PhD program). While there, she earned a graduate specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies and received a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. Currently, she is a fellow and the head of the Gender Research Unit with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, a fellow and board member with the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, and an Associate Fellow with the Global Network on Extremism and Technology.


PhD, Media and Information Studies - Michigan State University

Program Areas

Communication Studies
Advocacy and Social Change

Research Interests

Digital Culture; Gender, Race, and Class; Political and Social Movements; Knowledge Production; Extremism; Technology and Social Change; Infastructure and Platform Studies; Language and Discourse

Professional & Community Affiliations

International Communication Association
Association of Internet Researchers
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
National Communication Association

Courses Taught

COMM 175: Introduction to Communication
COMM 201: Media Theory & Criticism

Selected Publications

Kelly, M., DiBranco, A., and DeCook, J. (2021). Misogynist Incels and Male Supremacism: Overview and Recommendations for Addressing the Threat of Male Supremacist Violence. New America. https://www.newamerica.org/political-reform/reports/misogynist-incels-and-male-supremacism/

DeCook, J. R. (2020). A [White] Cyborg’s Manifesto: The Overwhelmingly Western Ideology Driving Technofeminist Theory. Media, Culture & Society.

DeCook, J. R. (2020). The Culture of Conspiracy and the Radical Right Imaginary. In “Pandemic Diaries,” Gabriela Manley, Bryan M. Dougan, and Carole McGranahan, eds., American Ethnologist online.

DeCook, J. R. (2020). Trust Me, I’m Trolling: Irony and the Alt Right’s Political Aesthetic. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 23(3).

DeCook, J. R. (2019). How deep does the rabbit hole go? The “wonderland” of r/TheRedPill and its Ties to White Supremacy. b2o: an online journal.

DeCook, J. R. (2018). Memes and symbolic violence: #Proudboys and the use of memes for propaganda and the construction of collective identity. Learning, Media and Technology, 43(4). 485-504.