I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Communication and Public Policy at Northwestern University. My research is at the intersection of data science 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 information in the digital world that is intended for harm, hate and violence. 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 information campaigns.

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.

You can reach me at aysedlokmanoglu [at] gmail [dot] com or ayse.lokmanoglu [at] northwestern [dot] edu.

Additional Information: Ayşe is pronounced eye-shea