I'm an assistant professor in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where I teach and conduct research on media and politics, digital research methods and ethics, and computational social science.
I am deeply committed to understanding and promoting responsible and ethical uses of data and technology and have founded the Data in Democracy Initiative at Leiden University to pursue that commitment through teaching, training, research, and public outreach. Our first endeavor is the Data in Democracy Summer School, and its inaugural session ran in July 2018. Our current work also involves providing guest presentations and training sessions for data scientists and engineers in academia and industry.
Before my research took a digital turn, I also conducted extensive fieldwork in former Soviet Central Asia, where I focused on political discourses about Muslims and Islam.
Though I love my current life below sea level, my heart belongs to the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, where I grew up. I love to hike, bike, and camp, and to simply disappear in nature whenever I can.