I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Communication and Public Policy at Northwestern University. I received my Ph.D. from Georgia State University’s Communication Department (GSU), as a Presidential Fellow in the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative . My research is at the intersection of extremism and political communication. Specifically, my work focuses on malign digital campaigns (hate speech, extremism, disinformation) and utilizing qualitative and quantitative approaches to inform real-world solutions.
My research agenda uses machine learning and qualitative textual and visual analysis to examine how extremist actors enter the safe spaces of conversation in the digital world and what languages they use. Within my work, I am very passionate about using both computational methodologies in approaching big data and qualitative analysis where I can deep-dive into the rhetoric of extremist groups.
My dissertation engages with theoretical issues in propaganda and terrorism studies and illuminates the power of economic messaging within the virtual world of armed non-state actors. Using constitutive rhetoric, unsupervised machine learning, spatial territory approximations, network analysis, and time-series analysis, my research examines how armed-non state actors' communication output legitimizes an imagined statehood in the digital world.
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 ayse.lokmanoglu [at] northwestern [dot] edu.
Ayşe is pronounced eye-SHAY
Extra-Curricular: Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance (2016)