Julia Ebner (born 24 July 1991) is an Austrian researcher, and author, based in London.[1] She has written the books The Rage: the Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism and Going Dark: the Secret Social Lives of Extremists.

Julia Ebner
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Ebner has a BA in philosophy and a BSc in international business. She holds an MSc in international history from the London School of Economics and an MSc in international relations from Peking University.[2]

Ebner is based in London.[1] She has worked as a senior researcher at the counter-extremism organisation Quilliam.[2] She is currently a resident research fellow at the counter-extremism organisation Institute for Strategic Dialogue,[2][3] where she specialises in far-right extremism, reciprocal radicalisation and European terrorism prevention initiatives. She has written for The Guardian[4] and The Independent.[5]

Going Dark: the Secret Social Lives of Extremists documents Ebner's experiences over two years spent undercover, infiltrating far-right networks such as Generation Identity[1][6] and Reconquista Germanica,[6] both on-line and in person.[7]


Publications by EbnerEdit

  • The Rage: the Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism. London: I.B. Tauris, 2017. ISBN 978-1788310321.
  • Radikalisierungsmaschinen: Wie Extremisten die neuen Technologien nutzen und uns manipulieren (radicalization machines: how extremists use new technology and manipulate us). Berlin: Suhrkamp Nova, 2019. ISBN 978-3-518-47007-7.[8]
  • Going Dark: the Secret Social Lives of Extremists. London: Bloomsbury, 2020. ISBN 9781526616784.[9][10]

Publications with contributions by EbnerEdit

  • Education and Extremisms: Rethinking Liberal Pedagogies in the Contemporary World. Edited by Farid Panjwani, Lynn Revell, Reza Gholami, and Mike Diboll. Routledge, 2017. ISBN 9781138236110. Routledge, 2019. ISBN 9780367198718. Ebner contributes a chapter.


  1. ^ a b c Sturges, Fiona (14 February 2020). "Julia Ebner: 'There's an adrenaline rush in undercover work, getting inside a far-right movement'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-02-15 – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ a b c "Julia Ebner". Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  3. ^ "'I used online identities to flush out neo-fascists and violent activists'". i. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  4. ^ "Julia Ebner". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  5. ^ "Julia Ebner". The Independent. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  6. ^ a b "Why People Join Extremist Networks and What Keeps Them There". Time. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  7. ^ "Internetforscherin Julia Ebner fordert intensivere Überwachung rechter Seiten im Netz". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  8. ^ Eimermacher, Martin (14 October 2019). "Julia Ebner: Nazi-Jagd im Netz". Die Zeit. Hamburg. ISSN 0044-2070. Retrieved 2020-02-19 – via Die Zeit.
  9. ^ Freeman, Colin (16 February 2020). "Going Dark by Julia Ebner review: the woman who went undercover with extremists". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-02-19 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  10. ^ Urwin, Rosamund. "Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists by Julia Ebner review — inside the web of hate". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-02-19 – via www.thetimes.co.uk.

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