My forthcoming dissertation looks at the competition by multiple actors for policy influence in shaping digital human rights, especially for EU citizens. The project looks at the national and supranational regime complexity that has developed around the governance of internet-generated data on individuals.  Using process-tracing, I map the development of a competitive overlap between policies which promote either economic commodification, securitization, or human rights protections surrounding such personal cyber data.  The dissertation also tests through content analysis the influence by key elites and disproportionately powerful Member States in setting the EU policy agenda around this issue.

Throughout my PhD program, I’ve done research in multiple topics related to human rights and political economy.  My master’s degree project looked at the decision-making process done by the Justice and Home Affairs Council of the EU, as related to the 2015 refugee crisis.  This work, titled, “Balancing Foreign Policy Decision: Why do EU Policy-makers Differ in Their Refugee Policy Commitments?,” was published in 2016 in the text, The Challenges of European Governance in the Age of Economic Stagnation, Immigration, and Refugees, edited by Dr. Henry F. Carey, and published by Lexington Books.

I’ve also developed a variety of working papers and journal publications. Working papers have addressed the topics of the future of political parties, citizenship acquisition policy shifts, and the role of information and communication technology on economic outcomes.  Many of these papers are among the top 4% of research read on Current research for journal publication has focused on the unintended consequences of labour emigration laws within the European Union.



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