Researchers of the Media Influence Matrix

Mariia Altergot is a Russian CMDS intern and she works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project. She’s enrolled at the CEU School of Public Policy, focusing on the role of the Internet in democracies and strategic political communications. Before coming to CEU, she completed an undergraduate degree in political science and policy and communications at the American University in Bulgaria.

Özge Çakır is a CMDS intern and she works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project. She is a graduate student at CEU’s Department of International Relations. Currently, she is working on her MA thesis to contribute to the literature on critical security studies and human security. Before coming to CEU, she obtained her BA degree in the same field at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey (2012-17). Currently, she is an associate editor at The Activist; the CEU Human Rights Initiative’s annual journal led by students. She also writes for The CEU Weekly. Her main interests include the current trends of investigative journalism, and (de)politicization and (in)securitization processes in global politics.

Veronika Gladchuk is a CMDS intern and she works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project, following her personal interest in how media and journalism influence societies and communities in today’s digital age. She is currenty a BA student in communication and media. Before interning at CMDS, Veronika worked as a marketing intern for a Budapest gallery and she also worked as a coder for the Populism Research Group at CEU.

Ian Graham is a CMDS intern and he works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project. He’s currently a Master's candidate in public policy at CEU. He specializes in media development, with a particular interest in good governance and anti-corruption. Prior to attending CEU, Ian worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where he provided research support for projects on human rights and democracy worldwide. He also holds an M.A. in nationalism studies from CEU and a B.A. in history from Utah State University.

Giorgi Jangiani is a student of European Public Policy (MUNDUS MAPP) at Central European University, interested in European Union affairs and governance reforms. He holds an M.A. in Diplomacy and a BA in International Relations from Ivane Javaxishvili Tbilisi State University. Before commencing his graduate studies at CEU, Giorgi worked on Euro- Atlantic integration issues at Georgia's Reforms Associates - GRASS. There he focused on the integration of Eastern European countries to the EU, as well as regional security & political trends. While at CEU, he also continues to work for the Georgian Strategic Analysis Center (GSAC) on Georgia- Russia relations. His current research is related to the EU's anti-corruption policy in public procurement and public-private partnerships. He speaks English, Russian, and Georgian, and has participated in multiple conferences concerning the current political and security challenges in Eastern Partnership countries. He became a fellow of The German Marshall Fund “Triennial Transatlantic Leaders” in 2017 and a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's "Eastern Partnership Excellency" in 2016.