Core Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jaime-Lee Kirtz | Website

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.            Twitter: @jaimekirtz

Javier Ruiz-Soler | Website

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.                    Twitter: @jaruizso

Graduate Students

Carina Albrecht

Master's Student-Researcher

Carina Albrecht is a MA student in the School of Communication. She holds a BSc in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de São Carlos (Brazil), a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University, and has more than 15 years of experience in software development. Her research interest is to uncover the mechanisms by which inequalities arise from algorithms and data analytics in digital media platforms, and propose intellectual frameworks that can enable the design of fair systems or serve as a reference for those seeking to build democratic digital environments.                     Twitter: @carinaalbrecht


Hannah Holtzclaw | Website

Master's Student-Researcher

Hannah Holtzclaw is an MA student in the School of Communication and a digital fellow for SFU’s Digital Humanities and Innovation Lab. Hannah’s research engages the intersection of feminist science and technology studies, critical theory and philosophy of technology, and gender studies. Her MA thesis examines underlying epistemological and ontological assumptions of information technology design, where utilizing creative fiction and poetics as method, she explores speculative design futures for user interface technologies.                       Twitter: @holtzclaw_h