Elena is a postdoctoral researcher in ETH Zürich specializing in Data Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (focus areas: Quantitative Methods and Formal Theory) and A.M in Statistics with Thesis from Washington University in Saint Louis.

Her research goal is to develop the methods of ML, NLP, Bayesian statistics, and math modeling and apply them to her substantive areas of interest that include online political extremism and mobilization, terrorism and cybersecurity, authoritarian regimes, and online social media.

Additionally, 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. In 2018, she visited the SICCS.

Elena is strongly interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and research. She contributed multiple times 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.

Before starting her Ph.D. at Washington University in Saint Louis, Elena took part in 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.