Ayse D. Lokmanoglu


I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at Clemson University and one of the core faculty of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s funded Media Forensics Hub. My scholarship takes a mixed methods approach that integrates computational methodologies and critical cultural theory to examine mainstreaming of supremacist ideology on the internet focused on race, gender, and religion. As a global, inferential, and multi-method critical computational social scientist, my work on social media and supremacist digital content integrates theory advancement, policy relevancy, and community activism.

My dissertation, which won the National Communication Association Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 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 Ph.D. in Communication at Georgia State University, as a presidential fellow in Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative (TCV), M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Economics at Cornell University. Previously I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Communication and Public Policy at Northwestern University.

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