Research

Phd in Politics (2019 - now)

University of Manchester

Supervisors: Dr Martin Coward and Dr Andreja Zevnik

Based on the assumption that discourses, in digital environments, can be legitimised through authoritative performance and visibility, I am investigating how and why cultural Marxism, deep state, great replacement, and white genocide have been legitimised in online spaces. My research makes four contributions to politics and international relations.

 

My project makes at least three contributions to existing debates on critical security studies, especially concerning the impacts of digital technology on the power exercised by non-state actors. Firstly, it illuminates how novel ways of claiming authority facilitated by the internet have been used to invest conspiracy theories with the force of ‘truth’ either under the form of scientific knowledge or news. Secondly, it demonstrates how the alt-right has become capable of triggering its own conspiratorial regime of ‘truth’ based on the relationship between authoritative actors and a mass of truth-seekers who engage in collaborative authorship, disseminating alt-right ‘truths’ across different platforms. Thirdly, it exposes the racist and populist fantasies that have favoured the emergence of the alt-right, further contributing to the normalisation and legitimisation of shameless racism.

Co-lead of the Research Cluster Democracy and Trust
(2021 - now)

University of Manchester

Principal investigator of MAFTI
Mapping the Far-right "truth" industry
(04/2021 - now)

Independent research group

September 2019 - Now

Teaching

GTA
Questions about International Politics
Now

University of Manchester

GTA
World Politics
Now

King's College London

Lecturer
Conspiracy Theories and Democracy
(01/2022 - 06/2022)

King's College London

Lecturer
MA Introduction to
Digital Culture and Society
(09/2021 - 01/2022)

King's College London

GTA
International Relations and Politics
(09/2020 - 01/2021)

University of Manchester

Industry experience

Digital Assistant
(05/2021 - now)

Review of International Studies

As a digital assistant for the Journal Review of International Studies published by Cambridge University Press, I am responsible for building its online presence across different social media networks - Twitter (@RISjnl), and

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RISjournal).

 

My tasks involve the production of social media content and the development of campaigns to engage internet users with its contents in a creative and effective way. In my first month in this position, the number of followers on Facebook increased by 8%.

Founder and CEO
(10/2018 - 01/2022)

Words Heal the World

Through the methodology called Educ-(ac)tion, I have equipped undergraduate and Master students from the UK, Brazil, and Argentina with knowledge and skills to challenge online hate speech and develop strategies to tackle different types of extremism. Under my supervision, over 30 students (per term) produced three short documentaries, developed social media campaigns, wrote articles, produced the report Hate Map of Brazil, and facilitated the workshop "From student to student: sharing skills to challenge hate" in Brazilian high schools." 

Words Heal the World is a non-profit limited company registered in the UK (Registration number: 11601612).

For more information: https://www.wordshealtheworld.com

Conferences

Conferences

BISA 2022 (06/2022)

Accepted paper: "The dangerous impact of the digitalisation
of international politics: the Alt-Right Conspiratorial Regimes of 'Truth'"

Council for European Studies 2022 (06/2022)

Accepted paper: ”Assessing The Risks To Democracy In The Digital Era: The Alt-Right Conspiratorial Regimes Of Truth"

ISA 2022 (03/2022)
International Studies Association

Accepted paper: ”Examining power in network societies: the importance of transdisciplinarity to understand digital political phenomena”

PSA 2022 (04/2022)
Political Studies Association

Accepted paper: ”From 'stigmatized' to 'legitimate' knowledge: the Alt-Right Conspiratorial Regimes of Truth”

TECH 2018 Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (11/2018)
UNESCO MGIEP - Vizag, India


Presented paper: “Challenging extremism through educ-(ac)tion: how students can break the vicious circle of hate”

Fellowships

2022: Center of Discourse Studies

Consultancy

Facebook Policy Initiative 10/2020

In light of my research on the legitimisation of alt-right conspiracy theories, I was invited by Facebook to deliver a presentation on the topic and better inform it on its policy approach to reduce the spread of false information on the platform.

Facebook Policy Initiative 08/2019

Due to my experience with the NGO Words Heal the World, I was invited by Facebook to provide feedback on its policy against hate speech.

To be continued...