Research

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

Throughout my PhD program, I conducted 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 Academia.edu Current research for journal publication has focused on the unintended consequences of labour emigration laws within the European Union.

 

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