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 June 2021. 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 narratives of extremist groups.
My dissertation engages with theoretical issues in propaganda and terrorism studies and challenges rebel governance theories by illuminating the power of performative statehood 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 challenges traditional norms of statehood.
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)