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Current Affiliation
Assistant Professor. Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
Ph.D. Project

Digital Vigilantism in Russia: Mediated Citizen-led Justice in the Context of Social Change and Social Harm. Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Dutch Research Council (NWO) grant 276-45-004

Defended (Cum Laude) on 07-10-2021


Previous education

·  University of Geneva, Switzerland

Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security 2015-2016

Thesis: “Portrayal of Syrian Refugees in the Russian and German media”

·  OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (Best MA Thesis)

Master of Arts in Politics and Security


Thesis: “Enclaves – the ‘Swiss Cheese’ of the Fergana Valley: Inherited Past or Constructed Present?”

·  Whitworth University. Spokane, Washington State, USA

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


Thesis: “The role of Nonviolence in the 2005 ‘Tulip Revolution’ in Kyrgyzstan”

Research visits

· St. Petersburg State University, the Russian Federation

Erasmus Plus Teaching Exchange

Guest Lecturer in the MA and BA programmes

March 2020


· Sciences Po, France

Erasmus Plus Exchange

Guest Lecturer in the MA programme

April 2019

·Moscow Higher School of Economics, the Russian Federation

Visiting Research Fellow

April-May 2018

· OSCE Academy in Bishkek,

Kyrgyz Republic

Guest Lecturer in the MA programme

June 2018; May 2019





Teaching award “Media and Communication 2020”, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication





  • Current


  • European Union-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) Advisory Board member

  • Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) member

  • Surveillance in The Global South Network member

  • Passed

  • Research School for Media Studies (RMeS) PhD Council member and Co-Chair

  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) member

Select academic activities and conferences


  1. RightsCon Online Panel moderator: Digital Fights for Digital Rights? Investigating Privacy in the Global South. 27-31 July 2020.

  2. OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Interactive Workshop on Digital Tools and Challenges Amid the Global Pandemic. Online Workshop. 24 July 2020.

  3. The Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Cabar.Asia Media School. Presentation title: “Digital Media and Security in Central Asia”. Online Workshop. 3 June 2020.

  4. Second Lisbon Winter School on Media and Uncertainty. Lisbon, Portugal. 7-11 January 2020.

  5. Internet Governance Forum. Berlin, Germany. 25-29 November 2019.

  6. ECREA Conference Digital Fortress Europe. Presentation title: “Russophone Social Media Groups in the Netherlands: At Home Among the Strangers?” Brussels, Belgium. 30-31 October 2019.

  7. Aleksanteri Institute. Presentation title: Media control as a source of political power in Central and Eastern Europe. Academic Workshop. Presenter. Helsinki, Finland. 2-3 September 2019.

  8. The University of Tokyo. Presentation title: Vigilant Practices in the Digitally-Mediated Public: A Global Perspective. Academic Workshop. Tokyo, Japan. 2 July 2019.

  9. The 17th Chinese Internet Research Conference: Digital Cultures: Chinese Internet and Beyond. Presenter. Singapore. 28 June 2019.

  10. St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World 7th International Conference. 16-18 April 2019.

  11. Surveillance Studies Network (SSN). Presentation title: “Unsanctioned Hooligans or Endorsed Peoples’ Activists? Discourses on Digital Vigilantes in the Russian Media.” Aarhus, Denmark. 7-9 June 2018

  12. Cambridge University. British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Conference. Presentation title: “Citizen-led Justice in Russia: From Comrades’ Courts to Dotcomrade Vigilantism”. Cambridge, United Kingdom. 13-15 April 2018

  13. Georgetown University's Seventh Annual International Conference on Cyber Engagement. Invited Expert. News, Alternative Facts, and Propaganda. Presentation title: The Role of Cyber in Influence Operations. Washington DC, USA. 24 April 2017.

  14. OSCE Academy in Bishkek and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, “Post-Communism 25+: Reflections on Social, Economic and Political Transitions”. Presentation title: “German and Russian Media Response to Syrian Refugee Inflow into Germany: Unmanageable Crisis or Managed Opportunity?” Kyrgyz Republic. 5-8 October 2016.

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