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 two contributions to politics and international relations.

 

Firstly, it exposes how amorphous and decentralized non-state actors have become capable of triggering their own regimes of "truth." Secondly, it proposes a new methodology to examine legitimation processes in digital spaces. The multimodal critical affect-discourse analysis builds bridges between affective and discourse theories, illuminating the role played by meanings, affects, and beliefs in the production, consumption, and distribution of discourses imbued with the force of truth.

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

Lecturer
Conspiracy Theories and Democracy
(now)

King's College London

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

King's College London

As a lecturer at the Department of Digital Humanities, I was responsible for planning, designing, and delivering ten tutorials to two groups of twelve students. Each tutorial consisted of clearly defined ILOs, active learning activities, and an assessment task at the end to evaluate students’ learning. Furthermore, I used Padlet to keep students engaged with topics addressed in our seminars and

remind them of the core readings.

 

During this term, I also had the opportunity to work as a personal tutor, supporting the personal, academic, and professional development of ten undergraduate students enrolled in different courses.

As far as assessments are concerned, I marked 40 essays of 3,000 words. 

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

University of Manchester

As a Teaching Assistant, I planned, designed, and delivered ten tutorials to four groups of students who were enrolled at the largest course in the UK of Introduction to International Politics (according to the Oxford University Press). 

Drawing upon the work of John Dewey and Paulo Freire, my tutorials were specially designed to give students a learning experience that facilitates the understanding of IR theories through contemporary examples brought to class by them. Despite the adversities caused by the Pandemic, I used different online resources to engage with students (Zoom and Piazza), sending them opportunities to attend youth events online and also mental health channels made available by the university.

As part of my duties as a TA, I also marked over 70 annotated bibliographies (using a rubric) and essays. 

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
(10/2018 - now)

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 150 students 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
(forthcoming: 06/2022)

Accepted paper: "The dangerous impact of the digitalisation
of international politics: 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”

Council for European Studies 2022
(forthcoming: 06/2022)

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

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...