Arnaud Kurze

Assistant Professor of Justice Studies, Montclair State University


Donato Ricci

Research Assistant Professor of Digital Tools and Methods for Visualization at Sciences Po


Maisa Taha

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Montclair State University


Aymen Briki

Visiting Fellow, University of Valencia


Daniele Guido

Researcher, Centre virtuel de la connaissance sur l'Europe


Jonathan Howell

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Montclair State University


Linda Piersma

Intern, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Chris Lamont

Associate Professor, Tokyo International University


Cindy Reiff

Researcher, University of Exeter


Benedikt Perak

Researcher, University of Rijeka


Dr. Arnaud Kurze is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. His scholarly work on transitional justice in the post-Arab Spring world focuses particularly on youth activism, art and collective memory. His research combines ethnographic fieldwork and digital text analysis. Since 2013 he has collaborated with members of the MediaLab SciencesPo in France and the Centre virtuel de la connaissance sur l'Europe (CVCE), developing a critical research methodology that combines qualitative and quantitative data analysis. The research project uses a digital open-source text analysis software called sven, which is housed on a interdisciplinary, collaborative server platform. He has published in several academic journals, contributed to edited volumes and is author of several reports on foreign affairs for government and international organizations. He regularly writes analyses and op-ed articles online for think tanks and other institutions. He has received numerous awards and fellowships from many progressive institutions such as New York University, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the American Council on Learned Societies. | Project

Dr. Donato Ricci is the Lead Designer at the Medialab Sciences Po in Paris, France. He received his PhD in 2005 in Indus- trial Design and Multimedia Communication at Politecnico di Milano in Italy and a Post-Doc under Bruno Latour. His works have been featured in several conferences and exhibition (MediaLAB Prado – Visualizar08; SIGGRAPH09 Conference; MIT Humanities + Digital Conference), publication and showcases (Data Flow; Malofiej; Visual Complexity; Information Graphics; Information Design).

Dr. Maisa Taha is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University. Her work in Spain as a linguistic anthropologist focuses on understanding how teachers and students use discourses of democratic progressivism as proxies for identity and belonging. Specifically, her long-term research in the province of Almería examines dialogue and debate among immigrant and native-born youth regarding the terms of good cultural citizenship. Her research on Spain has appeared in journals of language and culture as well as European and North African Studies. Stateside, her interest in citizenship, civic inclusion, and the application of anthropological knowledge has inspired an ongoing collaboration with Owl & Panther, a Tucson, Arizona refugee arts organization. Maisa received her Ph.D. from The University of Arizona. Her research and writing have been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. | Project 

Aymen Briki is a doctoral researcher at the Institut Français de Géopolitique. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Politics and Law from the University of Sousse, Tunisia. In his work, Briki draws from international relation theory and democratization theory focusing on the post-Arab Spring period. His research centers on questions situated at the intersection of political economy and political science. Currently he studies the impact of transnational factors on domestic politics, particularly national security and sustainable peace. In the past, Briki was part of a German-Tunisian transition working group analyzing Tunisian foreign policy in the post-Ben Ali era. In 2014 he was a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany. | Project

Cindy Reiff is a researcher in Middle East politics at the University of Exeter, completing her thesis on the democratization process in Tunisia. Her research is focusing on youth political activism and its influence on the political change in Tunisia in the post-revolution context. Cindy’s main interests lie in alternative forms of political participation, especially cyber activism and the role of social media as a political tool. Apart from conducting her research, Cindy has been working as a political consultant advising international organizations on security sector reform and power abuse by police forces in Tunisia.
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Benedikt Perak is a researcher at the University of Rijeka. His main field of interest is the role of language in conceptualization and experience of the subjective states such as emotion, states of consciousness, moral and religious values. He has extensively worked on the FRAMNAT project. | Project

Linda Piersma received her bachelor student International Relations at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her honors thesis examines the securitization process of Syrian refugees in the Dutch social media discourse. It analyzes several hundreds Facebook comments to understand how different modes of online interaction construct and securitize Syrian refugees. She has drawn attention to the importance of dispersed online discourses within the study of securitization, expanding the traditional focus of security studies on elite discourses. In addition to her interest in social media and how it shapes identity and affects social movement mobilization strategies, her work also concentrates on language and discourse, conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East, and migration issues in Europe. She has conducted fieldwork in Tanzania as part of the Africa China Europe Program (ACE). | Project

Daniele Guido is a researcher at the Digital Humanities Lab at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe in Luxembourg. He holds a graduate degree in Communication Design from the Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Before joining the Digital Humanities Lab in Luxembourg, he was a visual designer and interface developer at the Medialab Sciences Po in Paris, France. His research interests lie in data mining applications, text analysis and network exploratory tools.

Dr. Christopher Lamont is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Tokyo International University. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He has published widely on international criminal justice and transitional justice. | Project

Dr. Jonathan Howell is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Montclair State University. His work explores the use of prosody (e.g. intonation, stress and rhythm) to create linguistic meaning. In addition to eliciting speech data in a laboratory, Howell collects large quantities of speech data (e.g. podcasts & videos) from the web. And he analyses these two sources of data using machine learning techniques. Following his PhD at Cornell University, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University. Most recently, he has published on the “interface” between semantics and phonetics and was a featured presenter at the International Congress of Phonetics Sciences in Glasgow. He is leading the project "Harvesting Speech Datasets for Linguistic Research on the Web" described above with collaborators at Cornell University and McGill University. The digital humanities project, based on Howell’s dissertation work, was one of eight winners of the first international Digging Into Data Challenge funded by NSF and SSHRC. | Project