I am a Ph.D. candidate in Georgia State University’s Communication Department (GSU) and a Presidential Fellow in the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative with anticipated graduation in May 2021. My research is at the intersection of extremism and political communication.
My dissertation focuses on rebel governance within media campaigns of non-state actors, specifically their use of monetary economics. Theoretically, I engage with propaganda studies and terrorism studies, and challenges rebel governance theories by illuminating the power of performative statehood within the virtual world of armed non-state actors. This research weaves the scholarship on rhetoric of economics, constitutive rhetoric, and terrorism studies, to posit the vehicles used by terrorist groups in challenging traditional norms of statehood. Specifically, this research examines how ISIS used historical Islamic financial systems to legitimize their statehood in their global propaganda practices.
The second part of my research agenda analyzes transnationalism of discourses of hate in the digital world; in order to understand the underlying mechanisms of such discourses disseminating beyond state borders, even in organizations that are highly nationalistic.
I completed my M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Economics at Cornell University.
You can reach me at aysedlokmanoglu [at] gmail [dot] com or alokmanoglu1 [at] gsu [dot] com.
Ayse is pronounced eye-SHAY
Languages: Native in Turkish & English, fluent in Arabic & Spanish and elementary in Italian
Extra-Curricular: Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance (2016)