TETYANA (TANYA) LOKOT, PHD
School of Communications, Dublin City University
PhD: Journalism and Media Studies, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, USA (May 2016), dissertation topic: “Augmented Dissent: The Affordances of ICTs for Citizen Protest (A Case Study of the Ukraine Euromaidan Protests of 2013-2014).” Supervised by Professor Sarah Oates.
MA (with Honors): Journalism, Mohyla School of Journalism at the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine (2004)
BA: Business Administration, International Christian University, Kyiv, Ukraine (2002)
Research interests: social movements and protests, digital technology and dissent, urban media and protests, digital activism and political participation online, social media platforms and social/political change, post-Soviet online spaces, civic media and citizen journalism.
Teaching and Academic Experience
Assistant Professor, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland (September 2016-present):
- CM5025 Contemporary Communication Channels (2017-present)
- CM131 Multimedia Studies (2017-2018)
- CM146 The Radio Newsroom (2016-present)
- CM262 Radio Reporting (2016-2017)
- CM275 New Media and Society (2016-2017)
- CM503 Radio Journalism (2016-present)
- CM556 Communications Theory & New Media (2016-present)
- CM5003 Social Media: Structures, Practices, Applications (2016-2017)
Instructor of Record,, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park. (2014 –2015):
- JOUR175: Media Literacy
Teaching Assistant, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2012 –2014):
- JOUR175 Media Literacy (2012-2014)
Guest speaker in various courses at Philip Merrill School of Journalism (2012-2015)
Head of New Media Sequence / Assistant Professor, Mohyla School of Journalism, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine (2004-2012):
- Radio News Production (MA level)
- New Media and Online Journalism (MA level)
Grants, Fellowships, Scholarships
Eleanor Merrill Annual Scholarship, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2012- 2014)
Writing Fellow, Graduate School Writing Program, University of Maryland Graduate School (2013, 2014)
Alumni Association Scholarship, University of Maryland, College Park (2013, 2014)
UMD Graduate School Fellowship “for outstanding contribution to the program” (2014-2015)
Trajectories of Change Dissertation Research Fellowship, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gert Bucerius, Germany (July 2015 – July 2016)
Fellow, Center for Internet and Human Rights, European University Viadrina, Germany (2016).
Visiting Fellow at Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA), School of Telecommunications (2007)
Peer researcher and reviewer, Ranking Digital Rights project, New America Foundation (2015-2018)
Researcher, Freedom on the Net report, Freedom House (2012-2016)
Project coordinator for Ukraine, “The Internet and Everyday Rights in Russia” project (PI: Prof. Sarah Oates), funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council, joint project by School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland and School of Journalism at National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine (2010-2011)
Lokot, T. (forthcoming in 2019) Digital Media, Activism, and Change in Ukraine and Russia: Beyond the Protest Square. London: Rowman and Littlefield International (under contract).
Lokot, T. (2018). #IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: Stories of Sexual Violence as Everyday Political Speech on Facebook. Information, Communication and Society, 21(6), 802-817.
Lokot, T. (2017). Public Networked Discourses in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict: ‘Patriotic Hackers’ and Digital Populism. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 2017, 99-116.
Karamshuk, D., Lokot, T., Pryymak, O., Sastry, N. (2016). Identifying Partisan Slant in News Articles and Twitter during Political Crises, in Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Social Informatics, 257-272.
Lokot, T., & Diakopoulos, N. (2016). News Bots: Automating news and information dissemination on Twitter. Digital Journalism, 4(6), 682-699.
Lokot, T. (2015). Mapping the 2012 Election: Use of Crowdmapping in Ukraine. Civic Media Project. Retrieved on March 10, 2015 from http://civicmediaproject.org/.
Lokot, T. (2015). Galas: Mobilizing & Managing Volunteer Humanitarian Efforts Online During Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine. Civic Media Project. Retrieved on March 10, 2015 from http://civicmediaproject.org/.
Lokot, T. Be Safe or Be Seen? How Russian Activists Negotiate Visibility and Security in Online Resistance Practices. Submitted to special issue of Surveillance & Society, under review.
Lokot, T. Mediated Urban Art, Post-Protest Storytelling and Networked Publics. Submitted to WiderScreen Journal, under review.
Lokot, T. The Augmented City in Protest: The Urban Media Studies Perspective. Submitted to special section of International Journal of Communication, under review.
Lokot, T. Mediating Urban Protests. Invited chapter for The Routledge Urban Media Companion, edited by Deborah Stevenson and Zlatan Krajina. To be submitted by October 2017.
Lokot, T., Prado, A., Xu, B., and Steiner, L. (2015). “News Magazine Coverage of the Petraeus/Broadwell Affair: The Disjunction between Power and Agency,” Media Report to Women, 43(2), 6-11, 21.
Lokot, T. “Dilutions of Grandeur: Meme Longevity and Political Disillusionment,” Cyborgology (January 19, 2013) http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2013/01/19/dilutions-of-grandeur-meme-longevity-and-political-disillusionment/.
Lokot, T. “Dead or Not Dead? Technology, Media and Death,” Cyborgology (July 29, 2013) http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2013/07/29/dead-or-not-dead-technology-media-and-death/.
Lokot, T. “200 people died in Russian police custody in 2015, says website,” The Guardian (January 13, 2016) http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/13/200-people-died-in-russian-police-custody-in-2015-says-website.
Lokot, T. “Blogger Law Traps Russia’s Activists in Limbo,” The Moscow Times (August 21, 2014), http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/blogger-law-traps-russia-s-activists-in-limbo/505628.html.
Lokot, T. (2017). Review of No Illusions: The Voices of Russia’s Future Leaders (by Ellen Mickiewicz), Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, 18, available online at http://www.digitalicons.org/latest-news/no-illusions-the-voices-of-russias-future-leaders/.
“#IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: Stories of Sexual Violence as Everyday Political Speech on Facebook,” Association of Internet Researchers 2017 “Networked Publics” conference, Tartu, Estonia (October 2017).
“Extremist Hacking in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Digital Extremism and Self-Presentation of ‘Patriotic Hackers’ on Twitter,” Terrorism and Social Media International Conference, Swansea, Wales, UK (June 2017)
“Be Safe or Be Seen? How Russian Activists Negotiate Visibility and Security in Online Resistance Practices,” Surveillance in Post-Communist Societies Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden (June 2017)
“Public Networked Discourses in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Digital Populism and Self-Presentation of ‘Patriotic Hackers’ on Twitter,” Retreat from Globalisation? Brexit, Trump and the New Populism Conference, Royal Irish Academy Standing Committee for International Affairs, Dublin, Ireland (May 2017)
“The Battle for Delegitimization: Mimicry and Appropriation of Fact-Checking and News Verification Practices in the Russian Media Sphere,” panel presentation at “Revisiting Research on Russian Media” PONARS Eurasia workshop, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA (April 2017)
“Urban Murals as Protest Tourism Attractions: Mediated Public Art in Post-Euromaidan Kyiv,” part of panel with ECREA TWG Media & the City, 4th International Conference Visuality 2017: Tourism vs Urban Heritage in a Creative City, Vilnius, Lithuania (April 2017)
“Identifying Partisan Slant in News Articles and Twitter during Political Crises” (co-authored with Karamshuk, D., Pryymak, O., Sastry, N.), 8th International Conference on Social Informatics, Bellevue, WA, USA (November 2016)
“Methodological challenges in the study of augmented urban protest,” part of panel “Methodologies in the study of urban communication,” ECREA 2016 Conference, Prague, Czech Republic (November 2016)
“Mediated Memories of Firestorms: Perceived Affordances of ICTs for Co-Presence and Witnessing During Protest Events,” International Association for Media and Communication Research 2016, University of Leicester, UK (July 2016)
“Politics of Identity, Co-Presence and Distance: How Ukrainians in the US Participated in the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine,” International Conference on Social Media & Society 2016, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (July 2016)
“Identifying Partisanship in News Articles and Twitter using Natural Language Processing” (co-authored with Karamshuk, D., Pryymak, O., Sastry, N.), The 2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA (June 2016)
“#Krymnash (#CrimeaIsOurs): The Discursive (De)Legitimation of the Annexation of Crimea” (co-authored with Bezverkha, A.), 2016 Critical Studies Research Group Conference on Resistance, Brighton, UK (June 2016)
“Between the Everyday and the Extraordinary: Perceived Affordances of ICTs for Communicating Dissent,” International Communication Association conference 2016, Fukuoka, Japan (June 2016)
“The Role of Civil Society in Promoting the Internet Freedom Agenda in Ukrainian Internet Governance Discourse,” workshop on Internet Policy in Eastern Partnership, Center for Internet and Human Rights, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), (March 2016)
“The Affordances of ICTs for Mobilizing and Managing Volunteer Efforts During a Protest: The Case of Ukraine’s Euromaidan” and “Frames and Buzzwords: Dynamics of Information Flows on Social Media During Mass Protests” (co-authored with Karamshuk, D., Pryymak, O., Sastry, N.), 2015 Social Media, Activism, and Organisations Symposium, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (November 2015)
“Politics of Identity, Co-Presence and Distance: How Ukrainians in the US Participated in the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine,” Global Cultures of Contestation International Conference, Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (October 2015)
“The Affordances of ICTs for Mobilizing and Managing Volunteer Efforts During an Urban Protest: The Case of Ukraine’s Euromaidan,” part of panel “Political Action, Media, and Urban Space,” ECREA Media & the City 2015 Conference: URBAN MEDIA STUDIES: CONCERNS, INTERSECTIONS AND CHALLENGES, Zagreb, Croatia (September 2015)
“Distant Witness: How Ukrainian Americans Participate in Politics Around Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine,” part of panel “Maidan and the Conflict in Ukraine: the Role of New Media,” Platform Ukraine Conference, UCL-SSEES, London, England (June 2015)
“Politics of Identity, Co-Presence and Distance: How Ukrainians in the US Participated in the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine,” RCA/ECANA panel “From socialism to capitalism in one life span: Changes in communication practices in Russia and Eurasia,” International Communication Association conference 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 2015)
“News Magazines’ Coverage of the David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell Affair: Textual Analysis of Differences in Portrayals and Descriptions,” co-authored with Tony Prado and Boya Xu, accepted to Cultural and Critical Studies Division, AEJMC 2014, Montreal, Canada (August 2014)
“Mapping the Elections: Use of Crowdmapping by Ukrainian Civic Activists During 2012 Parliamentary Elections,” NCA, Washington, DC (November 2013)
“Their Own Worst Critics?: How U.S. Journalists Talk About Their Own Profession” (with Dr. Sarah Oates), ASA Media Sociology Preconference, NYC (August 2013)
“Twilight of the Gods?: How Internet users challenged Russian news frames in the winter protests of 2011-12” (with Dr. Sarah Oates), IAMCR, Dublin, Ireland (July 2013)
“Charting Political Activism Online in Russia: Methodological Puzzles and Possible Solutions,” CRCEES IV Annual Research Forum, Glasgow University, Scotland, UK (May 2011)
Conference Committee Member and Panel Moderator, Theorizing the Web 2013 Conference, NYC (March, 2013)
Invited Talks & Media Appearances
“The Evolution of Journalism in Ukraine and Russia,” guest lecture for Critical Issues in Journalism course in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, November 22, 2017.
“Stories of Protest: Identity and Networks Across Europe and Beyond,” invited talk at re:publica Dublin and Thessaloniki conferences, September 8-13, 2017.
“How Protesters Use Social Media to Reimagine Witnessing and C0-presence,” invited talk at re:publica Dublin conference, October 20, 2016.
“The Affordances of ICTs for Mobilizing and Managing Volunteer Efforts During an Urban Protest: The Case of Ukraine’s Euromaidan,” a public talk at King’s College London, November 4, 2015.
“The Stop Fake Movement in Ukraine: Civic Media Initiatives and the Role of Journalism Education in Developing Democracies,” a public talk at George Washington University, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, May 6, 2014.
Speaker on panel “Manipulating the Networked Media Sphere”, OSCE “Gaining a Digital Edge: Freedom of Expression” 2015 conference, Belgrade, Serbia, October 16, 2015.
Speaker on panel “Truth and Trolls: Dealing with Toxic Speech while Protecting Free Speech Online,” Internet Governance Forum USA 2015, July 16, 2015.
Regular appearances as expert/guest speaker on air for BBC Radio, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, TVi channel, Hromadske TV (Ukraine), among others.
Research Convenor, School of Communications, Dublin City University (2018-present)
Vice-Chair of the Board, Media & the City Temporary Working Group, ECREA (2016-present)
Reviewer for academic journals: Social Media & Society; International Communication Gazette; Feminist Media Studies; Studies in Conflict & Terrorism; International Journal of Communication; Demokratizatsiya; Media, War & Conflict; Information, Communication & Society
Conference paper reviewer: ICA – Feminist Studies Division, Communication and Technology Division; ICWSM
Member, Conference committee, Theorizing the Web Conference (2013–2018)
Coordinator, The Future of Information Alliance, VPR Office, University of Maryland, College Park (2013-May 2015)
Member, PhD committee, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park – (2013-2014)
Press Secretary, Merrill Graduate Student Association, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park – (2012–2013)
Social Secretary, Merrill Graduate Student Association, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park – (2014–2015)
Member, search committee for Graduate Affairs Coordinator, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2012–2013)
Member, website redesign committee, Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2013–2015)
Volunteer, Online News Association, DC Chapter, Event Organizing (2012-present) Volunteer Contributor, Global Voices (2013–2014)
Volunteer, Future of Information Alliance, University of Maryland, College Park (2012–2013).
Contributing Editor, RuNet Echo Project, Global Voices (2014-2016)
Media Trainer: projects for The Westminster Consortium, Thomson Reuters Foundation, USAID, ICFJ and others in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia.
Consultant, Webbmedia Group, with a specialization in Eastern Europe markets and social media. Served on the judging panel for the ONA Online Journalism Awards (Non-English entries) (2011-2012)
Development Director for the Media Reform Centre (a DFID (UK) project in Ukraine) (2004- 2006)
Fixer/translator for BBC World Service teams during the events of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine (2004)
Intern at the Ukrainian office of Associated Press information agency (2003) News Editor at GalaMedia, Kyiv, Ukraine, (2001-2003)
Media Training Experience
“Using Social Media and New Media in PR” – corporate training course developed and taught for System Capital Management PR staff in Ukraine (2009).
“Parliamentary Communications” course – co-taught with Thomson Reuters for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine (2010, 2011).
“Media Skills for NGOs” course – co-taught with Thomson Reuters for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine (2010).
“Making Television News” course – co-taught with Thomson Reuters for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine (2010).
“New Media in Government Communications” course – series of trainings and an online distance course, developed and taught for the USAID Parliamentary Development Program in Ukraine (2011).
“New Media Skills for Parliamentary Staff” course – developed and co-taught with Thomson Reuters for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine and Georgia (2011, 2012).
“Covering Corruption and Basics of Financial Journalism” course – co-taught with Thomson Reuters for Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Ukraine (2011).
“Social Media and Citizens’ participation: What is your strategy?” workshop – taught for Sint Maarten government officials at request of Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, Sint Maarten (2014).
Certificate on successful completion of “Radio News Production” course at Hromadske Radio (Public Radio), Kyiv (2002).
Certificate on successful completion of “Training of trainers” course taught by Thomson Reuters Foundation (2009).
Certificate on successful completion of “Making Television News” training course taught by Thomson Reuters Foundation (2009).
Ukrainian – native, Russian – native, English – fluent, French – intermediate, Spanish, Latin – basic.