Mark Cambell

Lead Administrator

Mark has been facilitating research at SFU since 2009 and is assigned to the Digital Democracies team as lead administrator.

Sicellia Tsui

Co-op Lab Assistant, Assistant to Wendy Chun

Sicellia is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the School of Communication. Her interests include topics related to journalism, emerging technology and sustainable development. She draws on her experience in community engagement and communications to support the facilitation of research at the lab and its ongoing development. She can be reached at

Javier Ruiz-Soler

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Javier Ruiz Soler, doctor in political communication, defended his PhD at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). His dissertation examined the contribution of the European Political Twittersphere to the emergence of a European Public Sphere and European demos, applying the methodology of network analysis and sentiment analysis.

His research interests focus on digital public spheres especially European, misinformation, digital democracy, digital methods, and bigdata and politics.

During his doctoral studies at the EUI he was a visiting fellow at Digital Media, Networks & Political Communication research group (DIMENET) of the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania), and at the Public Opinion & Media Lab (POMLAB) (University of Milan). He has taught courses on Computational Methods at the Lorenzo di Medici Institute in Florence, and Social Media and Politics at the University of Luzern.

Personal website:

Twitter: @jaruizso

Jaime-Lee Kirtz

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jaime Lee Kirtz is a Digital Democracies Group postdoctoral fellow and is interested in developing interdisciplinary and critical research that engages with questions about the ubiquity of digital technology, the emergence of algorithmic bias, and ways in which media and technology consistently affect knowledge production and social equality. In 2019, she obtained her Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and her dissertation addressed problems of concealment and exclusion in modern technoculture, primarily the material-discursive practices of gender with which technology is embedded within and also encodes.