Politics of the Digital, based at the Institute of Political Science (Leiden University) brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to examine the political and social implications of life in a digital age. Though we are interested in the ways in which digital tools and techniques may enhance research and practice, we consciously place the political before the digital. That is, in an effort to combat the often reflexive fetishization of technological development as an inherently social good, we place social scientific theory ahead of methodology and encourage more openly critical examinations of the ways in which digital technology impacts political practice and vice versa.
Dr Francesco Ragazzi is a lecturer of International Relations. He obtained his PhD in political science from Sciences Po (Paris) and Northwestern University (Chicago). Prior to his appointment at Leiden University, he was a Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London (2008-2009). His research interests include critical approaches to diaspora politics, migration, citizenship, and security in International Relations. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Cultures & Conflits and is a founding member of the c.a.s.e. collective. His current research project "Security and the Politics of Belonging: Homegrown terrorism, counter-radicalization and the “end” of multiculturalism?" explore the effects of security practices on contemporary meanings of community. More info
Dr. Daniela Stockmann is a senior lecturer of Comparative Politics and Political Psychology. She studies Chinese politics, political communication, comparative politics, and research methodology. Prior to arriving in Leiden she received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her recent book "Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China" (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013) argues that the consequences of introducing market forces to the media depend on the institutional design of the state. In one-party regimes such as China, market-based media promote regime stability rather than destabilizing authoritarianism or bringing about democracy. Her other recent project studies the emergence of political advertising in China as a means to tap into public opinion under authoritarianism (funded by the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences). A side-interest of hers is the study of Chinese images of foreign countries, specifically the United States, Japan, Germany, and the European Union. You can read more about the projects at www.daniestockmann.net. In 2012/2013 Dr. Stockmann teaches the course China in World Politics, Public Opinion and the Media, the MSc thesis seminar in Comparative Politics and the course Political Psychology at Leiden University College. More info
Dr. Rebekah K. Tromble is a lecturer of political science. Her research combines interests in political communication, international relations, social movement studies, and Muslim politics. She is currently working on several broad projects, the first of which builds on her dissertation research into media framing of political events at the micro level and provides a new theoretical perspective for understanding the relationship between journalists and their sources. The second project uses “big data” to analyze global media coverage of heads of state and various civil society actors. And the third project, which involves an international network of scholars, explores the possibilities for “transnational public spheres,” with a particular focus on the ways in which digital media technology are transforming the political and discursive connections made between people all around the globe. Dr. Tromble also has an interest in former Soviet Central Asia, where she has both lived and researched extensively. More info