List of Presenters

Random Access Memories (#RAM21) wouldn’t have happened without our fantastic presenters! Here is a list of all those who have submitted and presented papers.

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Alina Baihuzhakava, University of Warsaw

PhD Candidate in Security Studies at the University of Warsaw with the research focus on peacebuilding and multilateral cooperation. Graduated in International Relations from the University of Warsaw with a specialization in Security and Strategic Studies. An alumna of the research program in Geopolitics and International Relations at the Manipal University in India. A former editor at the International Affairs Review “Notabene” at the University of Warsaw and an analyst for the Center for New Ideas, a Belarusian think tank. Previous work experience includes 2 years at McKinsey & Company, supporting international projects and operations, and a year as a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, DG INTPA, working on peacebuilding and development cooperation action.

Boluwatife Ajibola, London School of Economics and Political Science

Boluwatife Ajibola is a Master’s student at the London School of Economics, studying International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. His areas of research interest crosscuts Information Communication Technologies for Development, social movements, democratic studies and policy science.

Brian Boyle, University of Strathclyde

Currently finishing my PhD in Political Science at the University of Strathclyde. Interested in political behaviour, political attitudes and electoral institutions, with a particular focus on political disengagement and inequality of participation.

Chris Butler, University of Manchester

I am recently appointed Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester, having completed my PhD in February 2021. My research looks at how political decision-makers conceive of electoral incentives; what information they use to form judgements of likely electoral reactions and how they respond to that information. I am especially interested in the public opinion research conducted by political parties and how this affects policy-making and positioning. My research has been published in the journal British Politics and I am contributing to the forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan book on the 2019 UK general election.

Damilola Olorunshola, Obafemi Awolowo University

Damilola Temitope Olorunshola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Her research examines socio-political dynamics, public policies and programmes and how these combine to aid business sustainability in Africa.

Devika Misra, Jindal Global University

Devika Misra is a doctoral candidate at the Latin American Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University and an Assistant Professor at the Jindal School of Global Affairs. Her PhD thesis titled Pathways to Integration: Theoretical Insights from ALBA, UNASUR and CELAC attempts to study the processes of integration in Latin America and unearth the particular theoretical contributions these experiments make to the larger literature on regional integration. Her research interests include regionalism, feminist solidarities, south south cooperation, global governance and cultural analyses.

Daniel Mobley, University of Edinburgh

Daniel Mobley is a PhD student in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in poststructuralism and critical security studies – particularly securitization theory – as well as the history of the US and the Cold War. Daniel’s current research investigates ‘isolationism’ in US security discourse during US military involvement in Vietnam. He received his MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh in 2016.

Debasreeta Deb, University of Otago

Debasreeta Deb is a South Asian scholar hailing from Assam in India. She has completed her Graduation and Post Graduation in Political Science from Presidency University in Kolkata. She also holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) Degree in International Relations and Political Science from Jadavpur University in Kolkata. Her M.Phil Dissertation examined the humanitarian crisis created by the National Register of Citizens in Assam. She is enrolled as a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics, University of Otago, New Zealand researching on the application of statelessness in the Indian Federation. She takes interest in topics relating to South Asia, statelessness, citizenship and has presented her works in several international conferences like International Studies Association, International Political Science Association (IPSA) Colloquium on “Disruption, Crisis and Opportunity: Whither Democratic Governance?”, 25th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) and ASEN Conference on Nationalism and Crisis.

Denis Ivanov, Corvinus University of Budapest

Denis Ivanov is a third-year PhD student at the World Economy Institute, Corvinus University of Budapest and the Horizon 2020 Early-Stage Researcher on the study of populism (FATIGUE). His dissertation project is about socio-economic inequality and the rise of populism in Europe. He spent the last year as a visiting scholar at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies working mostly on the demand side of populism. While back to Budapest in the upcoming year, he is focusing on the supply side of populist, and in particular, how political parties adapt to the new economic and political realities. Prior to his PhD, Denis obtained an MA in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) from University of Bologna, Italy.

Esmeralda Bon, University of Manchester

Esmeralda Bon is a Research Associate at the University of Manchester, based in the Cathie Marsh Institute. She works for the project ‘Digital Campaigning and Electoral Democracy’ (DiCED), a new comparative project for the study of the drivers and effects of digital campaigning in 5 countries and 7 national elections during the period 2020-2023. She has recently obtained her PhD at the University of Nottingham, School of Politics and International Relations. Her PhD thesis focused on UK MP communication during the EU referendum, addressing the relationship between representation and the dynamics, frequency, and content of their political communication.

Fabio Ashtar Telarico, University of Pennsylvania

Fabio A. Telarico was born in Naples, Southern Italy. He is currently doing research at the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania (US) while enrolled in a joint programme at the Universities of Graz (Austria) and Belgrade (Serbia). As of 2021, he has edited two volumes and is the author of a chapter in a collective book. Since 2018 he has been publishing on websites and magazines about the culture, society and politics of Central- and South-Eastern Europe and the former USSR in English, Bulgarian, and Italian. He combines his activity as author and researcher with that of regular participant to international conferences on Europe’s periphery, Russia and everything in between.

Flo Bremner, University of Bath

Flo Bremner is a first year ESRC-funded PhD student at the University of Bath researching the intersection of racism, discourse, and popular culture, with a focus on popular understandings of race and racism, and how these change over time.

Fraser McMillan, University of Glasgow

Fraser is a postdoctoral researcher based at the University of Glasgow. He primarily works on the 2021 Scottish Election Study and is the founder and PI of the ScotGov Tracker project. His main research interests are election pledges, party competition and voting behaviour. He completed his PhD in 2019 at the University of Strathclyde.

Gabriele Pinto, Sapienza University

Gabriele is PhD student at Sapienza (Rome). He is interested in understanding the determinants and the effects of the quality of the political class. Besides, he studies the diffusion and the effect of political ideologies on individual and group behaviors. He holds Master degrees in economics from Erasmus University (Rotterdam), Sapienza (Rome), and a Master degree in Data Science and Complexity from Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin).

Georgios Samaras, King’s College London

Georgios Samaras is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Department of European and International Studies, and Department of Political Science at UCL. His doctoral research focuses on the rise of the extreme-right in Greece during the years of the fiscal crisis — with a particular emphasis on Golden Dawn’s rhetoric and media manipulation strategies. His research interests range from political communication to feminist policies and game theory.

Giorgia Borgnino, University of Bologna/Radboud University

Giorgia Borgnino is a second-year Ph.D. student in Political Science in a joint doctorate program organized between the University of Bologna and Radboud University (Nijmegen). Her research interests include parties and coalitions in government, elections, electoral manifestos and campaign promises. In particular, her doctoral research explores the extent to which the economic performance of a country affects the policymaking process and how the macro-economic context interacts with partisan ideologies and parties’ capacities in shaping policies.

Jac Larner, Cardiff University

I am a Lecturer in Politics at Cardiff University, and a Research Associate on the ESRC funded Welsh and Scottish Election Studies.

Joshua Garland, University of Milan

Joshua Garland is currently part of the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies (NASP) as a PhD researcher with the universities of Milan and Turin, Italy. Joshua is formerly a graduate student at the University of Exeter, UK, with research interests extending to the environment, climate change, social movements, and visual sociology.

Katrina Leclerc, Saint-Paul University

Katrina Leclerc is currently pursuing her PhD in conflict studies at Saint-Paul University. With extensive expertise in youth peacebuilding in conflict-affected areas, Katrina has been coordinating the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders’ Young Women Leaders for Peace (YWL) program in Eastern Africa since 2016. In late 2020, Katrina joined the Steering Committee of the Women, Peace & Security Network-Canada (WPSN-C) and co-founded the Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace & Security (CCYPS). She also sits on the boards of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW). Her latest projects include contributing and editing the Women’s Human Rights Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy Resource, curricula created by a collection of experts and academics gathered by the Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan (fwMAP) to support the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the Generation Equality Forum.

Leah Rea, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University

Leah is a PhD Researcher at the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. Her research examines the relationship between parliamentary conventions relating to devolution and the progression of human rights standards in NI. Leah holds a MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security, within which she focused on the role of parliamentary scrutiny within the legislative process in legislative responses to terrorism for her dissertation; and a MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, where she examined the progression of human rights standards in the transition from conflict to peace via analysing historic and contemporary human rights campaigns in NI. Both degrees were awarded with Distinction from Queen’s University Belfast, where she also achieved her LLB (Hons) degree. During her postgraduate studies Leah was a member of a student working group on human rights, researching the necessity for a Bill of Rights for NI under the guidance of Professor Colin Harvey.

Leonald Kazibwe, University of Algiers

Leonald Kazibwe is a master’s student in Sociolinguistics at the University of Algiers, Algeria. He has conducted and presented research on African English-speaking students in Algeria, in partnership with Dr Camille Jacob, University of Portsmouth (UK). His wider research interests are in the field of migration studies and especially South-South mobilities.

Lewis Virgo, Royal Holloway, University of London

I am a first year PhD student looking at the speeches of British Prime Ministers. My main interest is in British politics, specifically The Prime Minister, The Cabinet, Parliament, Political Parties, MP’s and Devolution. More broadly I have research interests in Elections, Electoral Systems, Campaigns and Quantitative Methods.

Liza Caruana-Finkel, University of Liverpool

I am a reproductive justice researcher and activist with a background in healthcare, cognitive neuroscience, and gender and women’s studies. Currently, I am a first year politics PhD student at the University of Liverpool. My doctoral research is focused on abortion stigma in Malta, which has one of the most restrictive abortion legislations in the world and is the only EU country with a total ban. My project examines how abortion stigma is framed and experienced in the Maltese context and whether it is possible to transform negative perceptions of abortion. Aside from the PhD, I have been involved in other research projects, both on abortion as well as other topics. In addition, I am an activist with Malta’s pro-choice coalition and a helpline volunteer with an abortion fund.

Meghan Conroy, Loughborough University

Meghan is a doctoral candidate at Loughborough University’s Online Civic Culture Centre. Her research focuses on internet subcultures, influencer culture, reactionary narratives on legacy and social media, and the relationship between online discourse and offline mobilization. In particular, she is exploring the degree to which reactionary YouTube influencers influence their viewers. Meghan is also interested more broadly in online harms and the platforms that enable them. She holds a BA in Anthropology (University of South Carolina) and a MA in International Security and Terrorism (University of Nottingham).

Micaela Musacchio Strigone, School of International Studies, University of Trento

Micaela Musacchio Strigone is a PhD student at the School of International Study of the University of Trento, Italy. In her doctoral dissertation, she investigates how far-right political parties and social movements interact and influence each other’s discourses, actions, and organisations. She looks specifically at the cases of Italy, the United Kingdom, and France. Her research interests include populism, far-right parties and movements, and political violence. She holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Siena, Italy, and an MA in Terrorism, Security and Society from King’s College London.

Michael Nevradakis, Deree-The American College of Greece

Dr. Michael Nevradakis (Ph.D., Media Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2018) is a communication instructor at Deree-The American College of Greece and at New York College in Athens, Greece. His research interests include the public sphere and civil society, alternative media, media regulation and policy, and the media industry—with a particular focus on Greek media. His dissertation, titled “From the Polis to Facebook: Social Media and the Development of a New Greek Public Sphere,” based on longitudinal research conducted in Greece between 2012-2017, is now in the process of being developed into a book. Dr. Nevradakis is also currently an editor and senior writer for Greece’s Orthos Logos News, the country’s first constructive/solutions journalism outlet, and formerly produced and hosted the “Dialogos” radio program and podcast.

Michele Zadra, University of Southampton

I am a second-year postgraduate student in Politics at the Univerisity of Southampton, and I am from Italy. I graduated in Political Science from the State University of Milano in 2005 and got an MSc in International Relations from the University of Parma in 2007, but prior to starting the PhD in Southampton, I worked for over 10 years in various capacities and in different organisations (including the University of Southampton) writing bids and administrating EU funding for R&I and regional development. By working within a research-intense university I realised I found the academic work much more attractive than my back then admin position, so I decided to quit and pursue a doctoral degree. For my research project, I am investigating the institutional and contextual factors that facilitate or hinder political participation of EU citizens living in England, through a comparative analysis of four English municipalities.

Mike Bolt, University of Bath

I am a postgraduate researcher within the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies at the University of Bath. My PhD thesis focuses on British political rhetoric on Europe. In the thesis, I use the framework of Rhetorical Political Analysis (RPA) to explore rhetoric on the European Union, with a focus on the EU referendum in 2016. Additional research interests include: Britishness, the history of Euroscepticism, and British Politics. 

Nikhil  Sehra, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Nikhil Sehra is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. He is working on his PhD thesis titled- ‘National Identity and German Cinema since 1945’. His research focuses on identity formation, transformation and propagation in Germany after the second world war through the medium of cinema. He holds a Master in Politics from JNU itself. Identity, politics and popular culture, nationalism and European populism are his research interests. Lately, he has been working on issues of caste, minority rights and intersectionality, presenting varied papers in international conferences.

Renáta  Drávucz, Corvinus University of Budapest

I am a second-year Political Science PhD student at the Corvinus University of Budapest. My research is focused on contemporary populist communication and discourse, and how it is used as a political strategy. My specific focus is on Hungary.

Saptadeepa Banerjee, University of Calcutta

I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in History from the Department of History, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. The title of my research is ‘Mikhail Bakunin, Collectivist Anarchism and the development of the language of Libertarian Socialism.

Scott Downham, Royal Holloway, University of London

Scott Downham is a doctoral researcher in political communication at Royal Holloway, University of London. Research interests centre political communication and journalism, especially digital/social media, media representation, the media system and political socialisation. He has worked at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence (AI), training AI to detect online hate speech and misinformation. Scott has degrees in BA Journalism with English Language, MRes Sociology, plus professional NCTJ Journalism qualifications, from the University of Portsmouth. He also has two years’ experience in industry as a gaming journalist.

Sophie Crowe, Queen Mary University of London

Sophie is a PhD student at Queen Mary University, in the School of Politics and International Relations. Her research is investigating the staging of an oppositional politics by irregular African migrants in Israel, who have resisted government practices of detention and deportation. The study is concerned with how migrants’ acts transgress the classifications of Israel’s social order that contain them in an allocated place, intervening in this existing order by sharpening and rearticulating the raced and classed lines of division marking intra-Jewish relations in Tel Aviv.

Stephanie Luke, University of York

I am a third year PhD researcher at the University of York. My thesis examines the influence of far right political parties on the positions and discourse of the centre-left and centre-right on the question of Europe. My research interests include far right parties and Euroscepticism.

Tamiris Cristhina Resende da Silva, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF)

Business Administration Professor at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil. PhD in Business Administration specialized in Public Administration and Public Policy. Professor Tamiris was visiting researcher at the University of Kent, UK in 2020. To know more about me please visit my website:

Thomas Ron, University of York

My name is Thomas Ron and I am a PhD student at the University of York.  Born in New York City to a French mother and an Israeli father I moved to the UK over 10 years ago.  I have studied at the University of York for my BA, MA, and now my PhD.  I do my PhD about how populist leaders manage dissent, using Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party as my primary case study.  I am also an enthusiastic Graduate Teaching Assistant who enjoys teaching first year modules.  On top of my regular teaching work I also encourage undergraduates to embrace research and academia and have convinced several of them to present at the PSA’s Undergraduate Conference and am excitedly helping them set up a research and conferences network at our university to encourage more students to get involved.

William Horncastle, University of Birmingham

William Horncastle is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Political Science and International Studies, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire’s School of Applied Social Sciences. Employing a mixed methods approach, William’s research focuses on political finance regulation. Initially, he conducts a large-n factor analysis to identify the various ways that the issue is approached globally. He subsequently uses archival methods to examine the factors that influence the development of regulation in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. William received undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in criminology from the University of Bedfordshire, and has researched as a Universitas 21 Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Alongside his academic commitments, William has a background in third sector employment, having worked for the global children’s charity World Vision between 2013 and 2020.