Barnett presents at National Homeland Security Conference


Sept. 6, 2019

Brett Barnett, a Slippery Rock University professor of communication, presented at the National Homeland Security Conference earlier this summer in Phoenix, Arizona.

Barnett's presentation, "Understanding How U.S.-Based White Supremacists Communicate Online," was part of NHS's Targeted Violence Prevention program. Internationally recognized for his scholarly examinations of extremist rhetoric, Barnett was one of only a few academics selected to present at this year's conference.

The conference was attended by more than 1,200 homeland security, law enforcement, fire and emergency management professionals, federal agencies, nonprofit agencies and business owners to learn about emerging trends in homeland security and to see the new equipment and technology available to support missions.

Barnett's research has been published in various academic journals, including the international journals Ethical Space, Perspectives on Terrorism and Journal of Hate Studies, as well as the book "Untangling the Web of Hate: Are Online 'Hate Sites' Deserving of First Amendment Protection?"