Elena Labzina is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science and A.M Candidate in Statistics with Thesis in the Department of Mathematics at Washington University in Saint Louis. Elena’s research concerns the interdisciplinary studies on online informational security. Her research goal is to apply the methods of machine learning, web scrapping, big data analysis, Bayesian statistics, and math modeling to her primarily substantive areas of interest that include online political extremism and mobilization, political trolling, terrorism and cyberterrorism, authoritarian regimes, and online social media.

 In 2014, Elena took qualifying examinations in Quantitative Methods and Formal Theory. Elena holds an MA in PolSci with Merit with the specialization in Political Research Methodology and Social Analysis from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and an MA in Economics with the specialization in Data Analysis and Development Economics from New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. Her undergraduate degree, BSc in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science with Merit, is from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

During her graduate studies, Elena attended multiple summer schools and workshops. She believes that being in different environments is the best way to obtain new research ideas and perspectives. In 2016, Elena attended the EITM summer institute. She was a student at the CEU summer university in Budapest in 2011, 2015, and 2016.

Elena is strongly interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and research. In 2015 and 2016, she contributed to the AAAI conference on Web and Social Media, a major computer science conference, which aims to bring together researchers from diverse fields with the common theme of online social media. In June 2016, she was a presenter at the workshop on the Role of Money in Politics in the School of Human Sciences and Humanities at University of Tampere, Finland.

Before starting her Ph.D. at Washington University in Saint Louis, Elena contributed to multiple projects of Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) in Budapest as a software developer and data analyst. Furthermore, in 2006-2008 she worked as a software developer in the largest Russian IT-consulting company, IBS, and in the major Russian crypto-provider, Crypto-Pro.

Elena Labzina can be contacted via email at elena.labzina@wustl.edu.